Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Why Our Democracy Sucks in 2008 (It's the Media!)

Being the political junkie that I am I actually tried to watch a little of the debate between Clinton and Obama tonight. I say tried to because I had to give up when the first round of questions consisted only of bullshit about Obama's pastor, what Hillary said about Bosnia, and even why Obama doesn't wear a fucking flag pin! Seriously? These are the issues that we need to be discussing? I'm shocked they didn't ask him why he refused coffee in that tiny diner.

From what I've read it took 52 minutes before a question was asked about Iraq and 64 minutes before a question was asked about the economy. In every poll, time after time, these are the #1 and #2 most important issues to voters but these assclowns at ABC would rather talk about guns, God, and being bitter. Well, no shit people are bitter.

Hello?!? You're supposed to be the media! The Fourth Estate that asks the important questions so that American voters can make an informed decision but you're way more interested in making this into a horse race so you can put a little up or down arrow next to everyone and try to guess if the latest comment you're blowing out of proportion will move the polls a few points or not.

It wouldn't be that big of a deal to me except this is how assholes like Bush get elected. Al Gore is a liar and boring! Look, he changed his tie, what message is he trying to send? Kerry is an elitist and I heard he faked his injuries in Vietnam or something. No! Tell us how Bush is a fucking moron who would be/is a disaster. Obama not wearing a flag pin will have zero effect on the lives of anyone. I can guarantee that. So why are we talking about it? McCain doesn't wear a flag pin. Hillary doesn't wear a flag pin. IT DOESN'T MATTER IF SOMEONE WEARS A GODDAMN FLAG PIN! The war, you idiots! The fucking war matters! Ask them about it!

Here is a list I stole of topics that were deemed not important enough to discuss:
The financial crisis
The collapse of housing values in the US and around the world
Health care
The declining value of the US Dollar
The decline of American manufacturing
The Supreme Court
The burgeoning world food crisis.
Global warming
The attacks on organized labor and the working class
Terrorism and al Qaeda
Civil liberties and constraints on government surveillance

Honestly is it any wonder that no one watches or reads the news anymore? My sister used to joke about watching "the news" whenever she saw a commercial for E! News but can you really tell a difference anymore?

What really pisses me off is that Charlie Gibson apparently kept going after them on capital gains tax, something that only affect rich assholes like him. Hmm, wonder why he's so concerned about that and not any of the other issues. Talk about out of touch...

Here's what Editor and Publisher, a journal covering the media had to say:
In perhaps the most embarrassing performance by the media in a major presidential debate in years, ABC News hosts Charles Gibson and George Stephanopolous focused mainly on trivial issues as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama faced off in Philadelphia.

Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the health care and mortgage crises, the overall state of the economy and dozens of other pressing issues had to wait for their few moments in the sun as Obama was pressed to explain his recent "bitter" gaffe and relationship with Rev. Wright (seemingly a dead issue) and not wearing a flag pin while Clinton had to answer again for her Bosnia trip exaggerations.

Ugh. OK, I'm feeling slightly better now but it's just so freaking dumb that the media is this clueless and obsessed with these minor issues. I mean, these really are the Britney's crotch stories of the presidential race and they just go over every detail with a fine toothed comb as if any of it mattered at all. Get a clue and start doing your job.

Update: Here's video of Charlie Gibson being booed by the crowd at the end of the night and a sampling of the comments on ABC's website. You know you sucked as moderator when the crowd boos you at a debate.

Oh yeah, and I know this is my 3rd post today and 5th in 2 days. Can't stop won't stop!

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