In the last post on the Republican nonsense about the deficit, this comment:
Why should the people call them on it since the media refuses to call them on it.
The people, you and I, need to call the republicans out precisely because the media won’t. We need to stop pretending that it is the job of the media to inform their viewers. This may have been the case in the past, and there may still be a few hold-outs here and there. But for the most part, it simply isn’t, anymore, and most of the media players have been quite upfront about it. We’ve just refused to believe them, but they aren’t being shy about things. They know their job isn’t to inform us, but to draw viewers, and they’ve been telling us directly for a while. Have you watched tv lately:
“Up next, the Obama administration says the sky is blue and the grass is green, while Republican congressmen claim this is just another lie from the most liberal socialist and possibly Muslim administration ever designed to cover their power grabs over the environment and that claiming the sky is blue hurts job creation. Who is right? Send us your thoughts via email, and don’t forget to take part in Rick Klein’s poll- “Who is most responsible for all this nasty partisanship?” Also, we’ll be checking Sarah Palin’s twitter feed live, hoping to see if she has weighed in on blueksygate, and we think we have more pole-dancing footage of the missing showgirl.”
Here’s an actual story at the Politico:
Former Alaska GOP Gov. Sarah Palin – whose lips have been sealed about the recent repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” – is now hinting that she supports the move.
Palin has not spoken publicly about the end of the ban on gays serving openly in the military, but she appeared to show support for the change via a retweet on Monday night of a gay conservative radio host.
In short, quit looking to the media to inform people. Ben Smith and John Roberts and Steve Doocy don’t give two hoots in hell what you do and don’t know. It’s all about the eyeballs and the benjamins and getting established in the Beltway/NY party circuit.