It wasn't that long ago that the mainstream media was talking about the "civil war" within the Republican Party. Let's just say their interest in discussing this story is not as great:
In the media fallout after Tuesday's elections, Western North Carolina's victorious Democratic incumbent congressman Heath Shuler has been making national headlines by declaring his plans to take on Nancy Pelosi to be House minority leader.
"If there's not a viable alternative [to Pelosi] ? like I said all along ? I can go recruit moderate members to run in swing districts," Shuler said in an interview that was reported by the Huffington Post and other outlets. "In that situation, I could do it better than she could, and that's what it's going to take. It's going to take moderate candidates to win back those seats."
The next day, the Los Angeles Times declared "Nancy Pelosi to Run for House Minority Leader," seemingly giving Shuler little choice but to honor his word and take her on.
A truly free and independent media would be frothing at the mouth over this story. They would be interviewing every single remaining "Blue Dog" moderate Democrat to find out who they will back.
They'd be pursuing leads like this:
A Republican leader says that if Democrats keep Rep. Nancy Pelosi as their party chief in the House, then "it's almost as if they didn't get the message."
But they're not. Make sure you grasp why: while they are wanting to stoke a civil war in the Republican Party, they don't want to fan the flames of one in the Democratic Party.
Of course, that doesn't mean one is not still brewing.