Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

July 27, 2004

by V

HoKu relays Stewart; Hardball is 5o K00|_!!

Howard Kurtz uses his column today to pass along the wisdom of Jon Stewart, giving me a much-needed snark fix given the Daily Show's absence last night.

If only he'd give Jon a bunch of his column space every day...

washingtonpost.com: No Holds Barred
The Comedy Central satirist, who chatted up Tom Brokaw for his show Monday, delights in making fun of the very media hordes -- or "whores," as he deliberately mispronounced it -- he has now joined at the Democratic convention. His job, he concedes, is to be "the dancing monkey." But he insists the real media -- as opposed to the fake news show that has made him wealthy by skewering the real media -- are so obsessed with entertainment that they've fouled the journalistic atmosphere.

How surreal is this? The professional funnyman is fuming about the sorry state of the news business, while a group of so-called serious reporters are trying to be funny, or at least coax Stewart into being his usual comedic self...

... Jon Stewart sees the cable news networks leading the dumbing-down parade. He says shows like "Crossfire" and "Hardball" and CNN debates between Donna Brazile and Bay Buchanan typify the medium's mindless partisan debates -- kind of like having Coke and Pepsi spokesmen debating beverage supremacy.

"Ann Coulter is rewarded because she just keeps saying the craziest [stuff]," he says.

What the other cable channels need, says Stewart, is a "Roger Ailes of truth," referring to the Fox News chairman who he says injects passion into the network (though Stewart sees it as conservative passion). Anchors and reporters should openly challenge politicians' spin-laden answers rather than being "sucked into the game."
I watched C-SPAN for the convention speeches, then afterwards tried to watch some of the "coverage".

Hardball's Chris Matthews and Howard Fineman were the phoniest, most ghoulishly grinning snide-merchants that I ran across. I could only sit through a few minutes of their way-kooler-than-everybody-here barks and sneers.

Like Little Lord Saletan, they are so above-it-all and 'meta' that I can't even conceive of any politician's speech truly reaching or affecting them, even in an election that offers as stark a choice as this one.

And if no speech can affect them, why should I listen to why any given speech was a failure in their eyes?

Their prefab, cynical storylines bear no relation to what I saw with my own eyes. Anyone who takes politics seriously (I'm looking at you, Joe T.) lowers themselves by lying down with these hyenas and not challenging their juvenile posing.
Posted by V at July 27, 2004 11:52 AM

Agree with all that and especially the shout out to Trippi.

Reminder to self: review Trippi's book here ASAP, before it all leaks out of your head. (I am so behind on the blogging thing... bah.)

Posted by: J at July 27, 2004 12:50 PM

Recommended Reading:

The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity: A Diplomat's Memoir
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Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush
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Against All Enemies by Richard Clarke
Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror

LIES by Al Franken
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

The Great Unraveling
The Great Unraveling

The Great Big Book of Tomorrow
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Clinton Wars
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Blinded by the Right
Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative

Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Future of Combat

Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissents on Women, Politics, and Culture

Living History

The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton

John Adams

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

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