In the last 30 hours, I have seen and heard seven different media outlets — radio and TV — tout their “exclusive” interviews with Sen. Arlen Spector about his party switch.

There was a time when “exclusive” meant “we were the only ones to get this, and boy, are the others jealous of us.” Now it means “we were the only ones with cameras and microphones pointed at him while he said this, while the other reporters waited in the hall, but after we left, they came in and recorded him saying the exact same things.”

By the way, this blog entry was an exclusive. No one else thought to mention this. On this site. Tonight.