Bob Cesca brilliantly takes down the corporate press and its poisonous effect on the political system:
The cable news media has gone from simply cracking gaming and sports metaphors to actually becoming a game, with politicians as the contestants and a rotating guest panel of snickering propagandists and “analysts” as the judges. The only difference is that contestants on traditional game shows are held accountable when they answer incorrectly — they’re penalized monetarily or eliminated from the game altogether. But our cable news game show hosts just move on to the next question, so, in this regard, Wink Martindale might be a tougher moderator than Wolf Blitzer.
I actually find all of the cable news media completely unwatchable now, including shows I generally agree with (Rachel Maddow, Keith Olbermann etc). I don’t really care what any of them think, and I wish they’d use their gigantic salaries to help fund serious journalism instead of paying for penthouse apartments in NYC. The evolution from real reporting to opinion based news and the relentless quest for ratings has been overwhelming negative, and democracy has suffered immensely. Nobody knows what any of the candidates actually stand for because there aren’t any journalists to hold them to account and commentators regurgitate the party line rather than present serious analysis. While people like Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnel do try to do indepth analysis, the relentless left wing tone of their shows detracts from the otherwise great points they are making. I agree with them on virtually everything, but I don’t want to watch things I agree with all the time – I want to have my assumptions challenged.
As for the ridiculous debate shows the networks put on, I’d rather watch an hour of women’s badminton. At least there’s a clear winner rather than whoever Frank Luntz thinks had a nicer hair-do.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.