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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

I'm So Excited!

Yes, it's true - I am having a total geekgasm over what happened last night!

We The People are standing up and giving the middle finger to the out-of-touch pundits and pollsters. The participation in the primaries and caucuses is through the roof. The candidates are becoming better and more sharply defined the more they speak to us. And best of all, thanks to the wins of Senators Clinton and McCain in New Hampshire, every major candidate has a shot at the nomination for each party...which means NOBODY KNOWS WHAT WILL HAPPEN! Oooh, unpredictability!

I can't help but see last night, in a broader context, as a win for Americans over the corporate media. I wrote recently on the topic of covering elections merely as "horse races," stating that despite the Beltway Boys' best efforts, we all know that it fucking matters who's President. In MSNBC's exit polling, 49% of all NH Republicans stated they were angry at our Deciderer-In-Chief. For a party that normally votes in lockstep, that's quite a large number. (Yay, George Bush - you united us at last!)

Even some members of the elite punditocracy are starting to face their irrelevance. Tom Brokaw, participating in the election coverage on MSNBC last night, said this:

"We don't have to get in the business of making judgments before the polls have closed and trying to stampede, in effect, the process. Look, I'm not just picking on us, it's part of the culture in which we live these days. But I think that the people out there are going to begin to make judgments about us -- if they haven't already -- if we don't begin to temper that temptation to constantly try to get ahead of what the voters are deciding in many cases as we learned in New Hampshire when they went into the polling booth today or in the last three days. They were making decisions very late....


What we ought to do is invest in the American people in their wisdom."

Why yes, Tom, it would be better to report the facts and trust in the wisdom of the American people, rather than reporting on how you think they should feel and trying to influence the process. That's the way it used to be done back in the Stone Age. It was called...journalism.

Is it possible that after the election of 2008, we will not only see an American Renaissance, but also a re-birth of truth in the corporate media?

Wow. Pass me a cigarette, baby.


Southern Beale said...

The only reason I watched Chris Matthews tonight was to see if he'd adjusted the smug level on his broadcast personality.

Sadly, no.

Clearly he didn't know he was widely mocked and criticized across the internet today. Or, more likely, he didn't care. "HAH! Any publicity is good publicity! HAH!"

madamab said...

well, southern beale, you are more of an optimist than I. after his remarks the next morning, claiming that Hillary was only a Senator because of Bill's infidelity, I realized that nothing will get through to this man...except maybe an adjustment to his meds and a year of intense psychotherapy.