The expression concludes "...finds the occasional ear of corn" or "acorn." Whichever, the image of a large, ungainly creature rooting around in the mud and happening upon a treat at rare intervals seems apt when considering the contemporary Press.
Journalist Carl M. Cannon puts it another way: "In the 2008 election, we [the press] took sides, straight and simple, particularly with regard to the vice presidential race. [...W]e simply didn't hold Joe Biden to the same standard as Sarah Palin, and for me, the real loser in this sordid tale is my chosen profession." It's worth reading.
(Found via this article on NewsBusters).
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