From this morning’s Morning Joe.
In midst of talking about things the country can do to drag itself back from the economic brink we are once again teetering on Senator John Kerry suggested the media should consider not covering idiots.
He didn’t say it in so many words, but hard not to conclude he’s referring to the Tea Party and/or Sarah Palin.
Now, generally speaking the ‘blame the media’ argument is tiresome, lazy, and frequently baseless.
The media covers what it covers because it is a money-making business and people are attracted to rage and hyperbole and verbal car crashes.
However, I tend to agree with Kerry this point: “America is losing any sense of what’s real, of who’s accountable.”
“And I have to tell you, I say this to you politely. The media in America has a bigger responsibility than it’s exercising today. The media has got to begin to not give equal time or equal balance to an absolutely absurd notion just because somebody asserts it or simply because somebody says something which everybody knows is not factual.”
“It doesn’t deserve the same credit as a legitimate idea about what you do. And the problem is everything is put into this tit-for-tat equal battle and America is losing any sense of what’s real, of who’s accountable, of who is not accountable, of who’s real, who isn’t, who’s serious, who isn’t?”
One wonders if the nation ever fully had a sense of either, regardless, we most definitely have less of one now, and I’m willing to agree that cable TV and much of the Internet is partially responsible for that.
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