(v) A political tactic that disguises itself as journalism in order to protect Democrats, most specifically Barack Obama
1. Something happens or is discovered that might hurt Obama.
2. That something is discovered in the alternative
media and uncovered.
3. Ben Smith (or the equally dishonest PolitiFact and Media Matters) pretend to investigate it, write something up disguised as "definitive," and then hand the complicit media an excuse to ignore it.