Life, if you are Jonathan Alter, Newsweek columnist, is very simple. Facts and analysis are not necessary. All you need to do is know which team you support. Alter knows which team he supports. Most of the mainstream media does.
So, for example, if a Democrat President authorises warrantless searches or wiretaps, this is not news. It is not worth reporting. No need to defend it, because people don't even need to know about.
If a Republican President does the same thing, it is a huge issue, worthy of massive coverage and even, according to Alter, and a few other partisan hacks, impeachment.
The one thing I don't understand is why these people are regarded as journalists?