I was looking for a weather report yesterday morning, and I settled on New York 1. While I waited, the “news” came on.
The first thing I saw was footage of Barack Obama. Apparently, he was speaking about the economy. (I had the sound muted at first and missed most of what he was saying.) Then, a quote from Senator John McCain was displayed and read by the newsbot, basically stating that Senator Obama didn’t understand the economy the way John McCaca McMaverick McCain, the most awesomest economic brain evah, did.
Then the newsbot went to the next story.
Did your head explode yet?
I mean, seriously. This type of reportage is like watching two three-year-olds arguing about who hit whom first. Fergodssake, was what Obama said true? Was it not true? Does John McCain understand the economy? What are McCain’s economic proposals compared to Obama’s? Which would actually benefit American workers, and which would not?
Okay, stop laughing. I know that the days of fact-based television journalism are long since past, although I hope, not forever. I have stated before that our Fourth Estate is broken. Hell, there are blogs that are devoted full-time to the horrors of today’s corporate media. MediaMatters.org and The Daily Howler are two of the very best.
But man, every once in a while I get a glimpse of why so many Americans are uninformed about politics. It’s not their fault. They watch the Teevee, and they get Twinkies and Doritos instead of chicken, rice and vegetables.
We aren’t stupid. Our media is.
It’s a damn shame.