January 23, 2004

We Stay Dumb

I was pleased with the Democratic debate in New Hampshire (transcript) last night, for the most part. At least, I was pleased with the candidates.

I was at first only slightly annoyed and slightly amused by the "moderator" attempts to get the candidates to go at each other's throats. But after the debate, I caught some of the FOX coverage and I realized how bad this political season is going to be for news coverage.

Instead of delving at the substance of issues so that people can distinguish the candidates, what reporters (at least at FOX) are trying to do is get the candidates to sling mud at each other. Rather than argue that they will make a better president, FOX would have the democrats tell us about how unelectable the other democrats are.

Fireworks are good for ratings. Keep these men arguing amongst themselves about the worst possible interpretations of their words, the most contentious. Keep them at each other. Keep them negative.

Meanwhile, we stay dumb.

Posted by James at January 23, 2004 1:48 PM
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Here's a little thought I've been chewing on for a few weeks.

Republicans have realized that they can make the public dislike things and people just by pretending that only an idiot would like these people/things. Doesn't matter whether they're actually good, slightly ridiculous, or truly bad. (The ACLU is evil! Howard Dean is OUT OF CONTROL! Needy people receive WELFARE!) I would like to see some of the Democrats use this trick for a change.

Someone - not sure if it's Kerry's people, or the Fox Nooz people, or Jay Leno, or the Republicans - has created a situation where some people think they should feel embarrassed if they like for a candidate who yells enthusiastically. I would like to see Dean, Clark, and the rest of them make Americans feel embarrassed if they support a candidate who robs them blind, enslaves future generations to the fastest-growing deficit of all time, guts the educational system, tells blatant lies as an excuse to start a war, steals elections, and probably eats puppies.

Posted by: julie at January 23, 2004 2:13 PM

Your love of the halfling leaf has clouded your mind!

Posted by: James at January 23, 2004 2:44 PM

I once loved the halfling leaf, but now that you have spoken of it in a disparaging tone, I no longer like it. And I am embarrassed that I ever did.

Posted by: julie at January 23, 2004 3:23 PM

Julie, that was awesome.

Posted by: Bil at January 23, 2004 4:25 PM

I jsut want to point out, Dean gave us permission to poke fun at him.

He's a good sport.

Wouldn't an "angry" person have gotten pissed off at the questions last night which referred to his speech in Iowa?

That said, some of the remixes I'm seeing online of the speech are amusing. Not "Developers, Developers, Developers" amusing, but still amusing.

Posted by: James at January 23, 2004 4:45 PM

Thank you, Bil. I was stretching the truth, though. He hasn't gutted the educational system. Reagan did that. Bush is just scraping around the edges of the barrel to gather up the remaining stuff.

Posted by: julie at January 24, 2004 11:36 AM

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