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Obama pees; film at 11

Posted on | July 23, 2008 | No Comments

There ain’t no such thing as fair and balanced anymore, Steve Boriss points out in his The Future of News Blog.
The media is treating Barack Obama’s Middle East trip as if the Pope was on a goodwill tour. This is his first time there, for God’s sake. I don’t see a lot of mainstream media types pointing out that this points up his foreign policy inexperience. Doesn’t mean he won’t be a good president on foreign policy (see Teddy Roosevelt), but at least make the friggin’ point!
People have complained forever about media bias. But this election cycle, it seems to have come out in relief. The Democratic primaries had to be about a woman and a black man. That was the story, regardless of their individual merits or strengths of other candidates. The presidential election now must be a coronation of Obama.
Look, for me, this is the first election in my 30 years of voting that I don’t loathe both major candidates. I actually like both Obama and McCain. But I don’t know a lot about Obama except that he’s a rock star, Afghanistan is in peril and we’ll be out of Iraq by 2010, or ’11…maybe.
The media, seduced by the cult of personality, is falling down on its job. And the blogosphere is too noisy and tough to navigate to find trusted sources.
Laurel used to say to Hardy (or maybe it was the other way around): “This is a fine mess you’ve gotten us into!”

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  1. Loring Wirbel
    July 23rd, 2008 @ 5:18 pm

    Barnaby Feder, who was NY Times’ medical and science writer before he got RIFed in April, spoke on technology and the press at the Denver Nano Energy Conference Tuesday (July 22). He said that besides the problem of translation of science terms for an everyday audience, the average media consumer demands heroes and villains. If you can boil down a story to heroics, people pay attention. Guess my mantra about “no pedestals” isn’t gonna get much traction.

  2. lou covey
    July 23rd, 2008 @ 9:11 pm

    This is a nice counterpoint to yesterday’s post. Readers may believe they no longer need the third-party view of what is going on in the world, but they are soon going to find out what it is really like to have no objective filters.

  3. LGM
    July 24th, 2008 @ 7:51 am

    Hallelujah! Thanks, Brian, for not being afraid to call out the media on its overweening attitude toward Obama and complete lack of effort to ask the hard questions and find out what this guy is *really* all about. Of course, this seems unlikely to happen in an environment where, as ABC’s John Stossel once said, “people say ‘conservative’ the way they say ‘child molester.’”

  4. Loring Wirbel
    July 24th, 2008 @ 7:58 am

    Well, in the case of John Stossel, if the shoe fits….;-)

  5. Screaming Lady
    July 24th, 2008 @ 10:23 am

    When journalists won't ask the tough questions, bring on Google CEO Eric Schmidt.

  6. Screaming Lady
    July 24th, 2008 @ 10:28 am

    Try that again:
    If the whole URL doesn't appear again, google "Obama Google Interview Q and A"

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