The Weight of Stupid

September 8, 2008

It became clear in 2000 and its only grown more obvious with each successive presidential campaign: the mass-market media are now an active menace to the American political process. The networks, the cable shows and the talk-radio squawkers now dump so much of this conservative horseshit and do it so quickly that it’s a miracle democracy can even raise its head. 

Unlike many of my friends, I’m not depressed by these poll results showing McCain getting some bounce after months of lagging behind Obama. But when I see the speed with which the Sarah Palin story turned into a high school popularity contest, and the eagerness with which the networks and the pudits have taken to reporting such crap (when they aren’t happily bending over for the McCain organization), I have to conclude that the Obama people shouldn’t waste their time coming up with actual policies — they should just follow the Republican example and cook up nonsense for the news cycles. You know the kind of thing: “Republicans ran out of toilet paper during convention — used American flags instead!”

Of course, the problem with this strategy is that Matt Drudge won’t put one of his flashing police lights next to any of the items, and that means it won’t get noticed by our ever alert, ever probing, ever independent press people.

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2 Responses to “The Weight of Stupid”

  1. Caveat Says:

    The once noble watchdogs for democracy have become fawning lapdogs to the status quo – no matter how corrupt and irrational it may be.

    Too few hands are controlling information and too few newsies are old school, get out of your chair and sniff out a story types. Research? Hah! First five Google hits = in-depth digging.

    It’s easier to just go with the flow, lick the boots of the new masters and regurgitate propaganda that comes over the wires than to be a real reporter.

    They should be ashamed of themselves – but that would take knowing the difference between what they’re doing and what they should be doing. I’m not sure most of them are capable of that anymore.

  2. Chucky Says:

    “Conservative” has become a code word for right-wing and fascist. The major media don’t like to admit it, but they’re fond of fascism — in the 1930s they thought Hitler was a swell chap.

    Start calling a spade a spade. When the Liberal Media relay right-wing talking points as fact, call out the Liberal Media as right-wing liars. Do it long and hard enough and they’ll squirm.


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