If you can convince a substantial portion of your supporters that the press is simply not to be trusted, that they are in the bag for the other team, then you are effectively never going to be held accountable for anything that you say or do.Emphasis in the original. While Brian and I don't see eye to eye on this issue for a variety of reasons, he's absolutely correct that accountability matters.
I'd like to think that we all hold ourselves, and the candidates we support, accountable. In practice, there's an all-too-human tendency to let things slide.
Most people don't follow politics as closely as Brian does, or I do. That's not going to change. It's also why having a press you can trust is so important. In some respects I prefer the British model, where you have a variety of newspapers and it's easy to know where they stand. The Telegraph is right-wing, the Guardian is left-wing, the Times of London tries to straddle things (tending to be center/right) and the Daily Mail and the Sun tend to be prurient. Since everyone knows the biases of each publication, you can read a bunch of them to get a wider perspective, or you can cast your lot with your ideological favorite. Let's poll the question: