Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Our Broken Media, Cont'd.
Matt Yglesias has a good take on the state of the media covering the Presidential campaign. Concerned about how policies will impact their lives, especially economic policies, the public is focused on serious issues, and not obvious diversions. The political media, on the other hand, largely remains obsessed with those shiny diversions and the superficial, "game" aspects of the campaign. They find policy "boring," and they're too lazy to educate themselves. They'll want to make the race seem highly competitive for ratings purposes, despite Obama's lead, even if it means using outdated polls or spreading the crap that's coming out of the right wing noise machine/McAngry campaign. The public deserves a serious political media, but we're unlikely to see it anytime soon.