Hardball just highlighted the fact that Ken Starr is the new President of Baylor, and it made me think- as crazy as the Clinton era impeachment coverage was, if it happened today, with the Milbanks and the Knollers and the Gregory’s and all the worthless, overpaid, fierce proponents of the daily narrative, the complete tabloidization of the national cable media and much of the traditional media, as well as the increased prominence of the right wing narrative machine, incorporating the wingnut welfare foundations, the blogs, and the thousands of political analysts you see everywhere, it would be far worse. Who would stand up and say “Enough!” After all, we did just spend the last decade debating whether or not torture is an American value, and I don’t think the good guys won that debate.
Maybe a lonesome James Fallows and Jay Rosen, but I can’t think of anyone else of stature who would. The rest would be pimping page views, interviewing Dick Cheney, and quoting Palin’s facebook page. And it goes without saying that I find that extremely depressing.
And yes, that was the mother of all sentences I just wrote there. If someone wants to try to fix it, have at it.