Friday, April 18, 2008

our discourse (or Friday not-so-Fun)

Last night, Jon Stewart went after Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos for doing his job--taking the trivial and making it the point. What is remarkable about our time--as we began to see in the 2004 election--is that the "fake" news reporters are really doing the true reporting. The core media has turned into an echo chamber of triviality, trying to drum up stories, while Stewart and Colbert are the ones who bring up the big points. Or rather, they bring up the big points by showing how they are being ignored by the "real" news people.

In fact, the Democratic debate the other night was the epitome of the absurdity. Can it truly matter who won or lost when three-quarters of the debate was squandered on meaningless spin items?

Sad, truly sad.