Having seen large-scale media being brow-beaten by rabid Republican thugs, it is hard to imagine that it actually worked. From the "Whitewater", "coke and blow jobs", and Gennifer Flowers to Gore "inventing the Internet" and other claptrap, the mainstream media took what was ridiculous, on its face, criticism and went one up.
Nothing can be more emblematic of the fall of truly great icons then the latest New York Times hit piece on how many nights Bill and Hillary spend together. As freakin' news. Here is a good post about the brouhaha on The American Prospect web site. If you have time, read it. And weep for a free press.