Friday, October 12, 2012

Touche. Taibbi on the Debate

From Rolling Stone:

I've never thought much of Joe Biden. But man, did he get it right in last night's debate, and not just because he walloped sniveling little Paul Ryan on the facts. What he got absolutely right, despite what you might read this morning (many outlets are criticizing Biden's dramatic excesses), was his tone. Biden did absolutely roll his eyes, snort, laugh derisively and throw his hands up in the air whenever Ryan trotted out his little beady-eyed BS-isms.

But he should have! He was absolutely right to be doing it. We all should be doing it. That includes all of us in the media, and not just paid obnoxious-opinion-merchants like me, but so-called "objective" news reporters as well. We should all be rolling our eyes, and scoffing and saying, "Come back when you're serious."

The load of balls that both Romney and Ryan have been pushing out there for this whole election season is simply not intellectually serious. Most of their platform isn't even a real platform, it's a fourth-rate parlor trick designed to paper over the real agenda – cutting taxes even more for super-rich dickheads like Mitt Romney, and getting everyone else to pay the bill... More here.

1 Comments:

Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Matt Taibbi at his best...which is always.

As he said, any self-respecting journalist should call-out politicians for their lies and deceit -- but they don't. And it's not really a question of their desire to strike a bargain between "fair and balanced". It has more to do with who's paying the bills, and the jostling for ratings. They have sponsors ("customers") who demand that their revenue streams and their (unsustainable) growth not be threatened or compromised. Most journalists are bound by their network's (or news outlet's) customers' greed and quest for ever-increasing profits.

Greed and profit trump truth in today's topsy-turvy media world of providing entertainment over information. The masses be damned -- bring on the dancing girls...

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