Media Wise Men may recall that the Democrats used this parliamentary tactic repeatedly for the better part of six years, to block confirmation votes on President Bush's appointments of Federal Judges, as well as legislation that, like the Judicial Appointments, enjoyed the support of a majority of Senators.
In those days, the Drive-by Media never referred to Senate Democrat's refusal to end debate as a refusal to allow debate. Is the decision by News organizations to substitute a Democrat Talking Point (i.e. "Republicans are Blocking the Debate") for the objective facts (i.e. that Republicans have voted against ending the debate) a product of partisanship or ignorance? The correct answer is probably, "both."