If you’ve watched many TV “news” shows lately, you know they don’t really report much traditional news anymore. You don’t see footage of reporters on the scene interviewing witnesses or the newsmakers themselves. Instead, you see a suit in a studio, discussing the “news” with a suit in another studio. Virtually everything is filtered through the mouth of some talking head.
This situation becomes worse as elections near. Then, the talking heads fall into two categories: those with an agenda, and those who state the obvious. As an example of the latter, consider the headline on a Gallup release yesterday: “National Mood a Drag on Obama’s Re-Election Prospects.” The folks at Gallup have consulted their polls, see that the polls indicate that people are unhappy with the economy, aren’t satisfied with the direction the country is heading, and lack confidence in the President’s ability to turn things around. From this, they conclude that the President’s re-election prospects are “uncertain.”
Wait a second — you mean citizens might actually decide how to vote based on prevailing economic factors and their respective confidence in the candidates’ ability to fix the problem? They might actually hold the incumbent accountable if they think he’s done a poor job?
What an amazing insight! I wonder if these guys could express a view on the challenging question of whether night follows day?