The stampeding herd veers
Tom McGuire predicts an impending anti-Obama media backlash "So, having been caught out as having been both non-objective and wrong, what will the monolithic MSM do next? We look for the MSM to engage in the customary self-recrimination, reflect on the manner in which they failed to inform the public, and devote themselves henceforth to doing a better job of presenting Obama fairly, i.e., more negatively.".
If McGuire's prediction eventuates, I wouldn't characterize it as a backlash. As I wrote in the comments section of the Perfect Storm, "Just as Hillary was vulnerable to the the amplification of the intimate event so is Barack. Some small thing which he might not even be aware of can build up and hit practically overnight." This is subtly different from a media backlash: what that describes is a change in the locus of a shifting weathers of the Internet.
Of course, Karl Rove may be helping things along.
Karl Rove told Cybercast News Service in an interview Wednesday that Sen. Hillary Clinton's New Hampshire campaign was helped when she responded in a smiling, self-deprecating manner when asked during Saturday night's televised debate why some voters had an issue with her "likeability" and that her rival Sen. Barack Obama only enhanced the positive impact for Clinton when he responded like "a smarmy, prissy little guy taking a slap at her."