TAXES INCREASE REVENUE…. The media establishment’s love of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) can get a little embarrassing sometimes, but this paragraph in the Washington Post just seems to be trying too hard.

The plain- spoken Christie has emerged as a leader of a growing group of governors that is attacking yawning budget deficits by facing down public employees and promising not to raise taxes.

Maybe this was some kind of typo? Maybe an editing error? Promising not to raise taxes is not evidence of attacking budget deficits; it’s the opposite.

Jamison Foser’s take on this rang true.

[J]ust try to imagine the Washington Post reporting that a “group of governors is attacking yawning budget deficits by promising not to cut spending.”

Worse, the Post does not make clear that the Republican governors who are supposedly “attacking yawning budget deficits,” like Christie and Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, are actually pushing tax cuts that increase the deficit.

For years, it’s been easy to identify which Republican officials the media loved most, starting with John McCain. It’s apparently time for a new generation of GOP policymakers who can call reporters their “base” — and Chris Christie is helping lead the pack.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.