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.