Monday, March 31, 2008

Spanking the Donkey.

It's the title of Matt Taibbi's excellent book, written as he covered the 2004 US presidential campaign. In it, he highlights how ridiculous the media's coverage of the election is — specifically, how they deal with the minutiae instead of the giant issues facing the country.

Two minutes ago on CNN, that was perfectly encapsulated in an exchange between Jack Cafferty, a no-nonsense correspondent who gets people to email them their opinions on the chosen subject of the day, and some guy named John, the host of The Situation Room (pinch-hitting for Wolf Blitzer).

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Cafferty: "So, there you have it. Twenty-eight million Americans are predicted to be on food stamps by the end of the calendar year 2008."

John: "Amazing."

Cafferty: "Should be a campaign issue."

John: "Sure should be. Thanks, Jack."

Cafferty: "You're welcome."

John: "Up next: Obama goes bowling!"

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To quote the title of Frequent Site-Contributor ECB's blog, "I couldn't even make this up." The two newsmen were discussing about how the news should really talk about how a lot of Americans are in exceedingly shitty situations, and how the candidates propose to get out of it. But not three fucking seconds later, the host of "The Room" (as I imagine some call it) is talking about BARACK OBAMA AT THE GOD DAMN BOWLING ALLEY.

Have the media gone completely batshit insane?!

(The smart money is on "yes," by the way.)

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