"The blatant manipulations of the mainstream media are betrayed by the way that mercurial polling data has been relentlessly promoted about the candidates of both parties for more than a year. That material simply assesses name recognition in an ephemeral beauty contest. Thus we've had endless reports about Hillary and John McCain as front-runners, despite rampant dissatisfactions with them among members of their own parties." (Salon.com) This sort of crap is what passes for political reporting these days, says Ms. Paglia. Sad, ain't it?