The Rally to Restore Fear and/or Sanity is going to increase demand for Preparation H among our media elite:
- Olberman is pissed and thinks Stewart “jumped the shark” because Stewart criticized MSNBC along with Fox.
- Tweety gets a little huffy about it, too, wondering if Stewart was saying that the media should “write stories about how there was no accidents on the highway last night, everybody had a good night’s sleep.”
- David Carr thinks that Stewart was “shifting the blame”:
It was a beautiful day on the Mall, and who doesn’t like kicking the press around, but speaking of ants, media bias and hyperbole seem like pretty small targets when unemployment is near 10 percent, vast amounts of unregulated cash are being spent in the election’s closing days, and no American governing institution — not the Senate, not the House of Representatives, not even the Supreme Court — seems to be above petty partisan bickering. Mr. Stewart couldn’t really go there and instead suggested it was those guys over there in the press tent who had the blood of democracy on their hands.
Carr’s response is worth reading in full, because he trots out every weak argument that’s going to be used by the media to deflect attention from Stewart’s critique. He argues that not a lot of people watch cable TV without acknowledging that cable drives mainstream media coverage. He intimates that Stewart doesn’t have the balls to go after the truly powerful, when Stewart does it all the time and was taking the media to task for failing to do the same. And he talks about “media bias” which is what he wished Stewart had attacked. “Bias” is the media’s favorite strawman, because it lets them trumpet their view-from-nowhere objectivity. If Carr wants to find someone “shifting the blame”, he doesn’t need to watch a rally in Washington, he can just open a copy of his own paper, which is so “objective” and “un-biased” that they twist themselves in knots to avoid using the plain word “torture”.