Setting the Record Straight

May 25, 2008

Blow Up Your TV


     OK, the time has come. For the sake of the future of American politics, the people of this country need to blow up their TVs and get some source of legitimate and relevant news.

     Tabloid-cable has taken over so much of the public discourse with its in-your-face shouting back and forth that even the legitimate print media seems to believe it has to respond and report the same things.

     This foolishness about Hillary Clinton mentioning a couple of politics-shaking events in June as an explanation for not quitting a presidential race this soon is just the latest in a string of gotcha moments that have cluttered tabloid-cable (is there any other kind of cable news anymore?).

     A few days later the tabloid-cable character assassination squad turned its guns on Barack Obama because he said his great-uncle had helped liberate the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz, when it actually was at Buchenwald. That was an error that needed to be corrected, but it was not intentional nor devious and did not deserve to be blown out of proportion since the error did not change the point of his story.

     This character assassination by lifting statements out of context and misinterpreting intentions is not new. Look at Mitt Romney’s father who, as one wire service reported, misspoke by saying he was “brainwashed” by military leaders on a fact-finding trip to Vietnam when he meant he had received a “whitewash” presentation. That wire service led its George Romney story something more newsworthy. The competing wire service led with the “brainwash” statement without explanation and Romney was done for.

     But that incident was memorable because it was unique for the time. Now we are getting this type of trash reporting shoved in our faces every day. Is it harmful? You bet.

     Bubbas and sycophants have dominated this exceedingly long political season since day one. In addition to Bubbaism on tabloid cable, we had Barack Obama first gaining legitimacy because a bunch of Iowa sycophants saw him linked with TV star Oprah Winfrey.

     Candidates superior to the two eventual contestants for the Democratic nomination had to drop out before a single vote was cast in any state that came even close to reflecting the nation.

     Is any of this any way to elect a president? No wonder we got the Gingrich-Bush era and its trashing of America.

     If you want to see just how idiotic tabloid-cable is in its handling of the political contests, tune into the Jon Stewart show on Comedy Central. It’s daily montage of the screaming meemies of tabloid-cable exposes these fools for the fools they be.

     But they are allowed to keep their spot on the boob tube because fellow boobs are tuning in. Tune out and the advertisers will want someone else. Better yet, after you watch Jon Stewart, blow up your TV (with apologies to John Prine and his “Spanish Pipedream”).





  1. Why is it harmful to hear what comes out of the mouths of the people running for the highest office in the land?
    I’m reasonable enough – and I believe you are as well – to figure out what matters and what is inane.
    I hate Oprah, but I’m backing Barack anyway. I have nothing against Hillary, but having lived through 1968, her assassination comment hurt me a lot.
    I would roughly estimate that 97.62874% of cable news coverage is a pathetic waste of time, and if you watch too much of it your head might explode.
    But it still has some degree of relevance. In my humble opinion!

    Comment by What Say You? — May 25, 2008 @ 3:29 am | Reply

  2. Before the primaries began what seems like years ago, did you prefer any of the three survivors as your candidate? If not, unless you live in Iowa or New Hampshire, you probably didn’t even get a chance to vote for your choice.
    If the reason had been legitimate, even somewhat logical, well-thought out, no problem. But you and I and millions of other thinking Americans never got a chance because voters were swayed by trash-talk.
    That’s their right, just as it’s the right of tabloid-cable to pander to the lowest common denominator, but the political system is suffering if this continues to be the way we select our leaders.

    Comment by straightrecord — May 25, 2008 @ 4:51 am | Reply

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