Among political reporters, there’s a way to talk about
politicians who make mistakes, then compound them by their explanations of
their behavior, then do it again.
Such political actors are called “the gifts that keep on
The reporters don’t have to dig for new information, or meet
with confidential informants to get the dirt, or press an ear against the door
of a closed meeting.
They simply have to jot down or get on tape what the
politician says, wrap it in a little background prose, and Voila! A story
suitable for reading, liking and tweeting.