And do you think the public really wants polite discourse?

This is from an interview of WaPo’s Chris Cillizza by MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer. The video picks up with Brewer giving a bit of context because she wouldn’t want Ann Coulter to call her names too.

Brewer then states: “The point though is if Elizabeth Edwards really wanted to elevate the level of political discourse, woman to woman, you call up and say heh will you [Ann Coulter] go have lunch with me there’s something I want to talk to you about.”

And finally she asks Cillizza “And do you think the public really wants polite discourse? I mean aren’t we all much more fascinated by the nastiness that goes back and forth?”

Cillizza wholeheartedly agrees to Brewer’s points.

Our media in all its glory…

 

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One thought on “And do you think the public really wants polite discourse?

  1. Dorothy says:

    “The point though is if Elizabeth Edwards really wanted to elevate the level of political discourse, woman to woman, you call up and say heh will you [Ann Coulter] go have lunch with me there’s something I want to talk to you about.”
    Yes, because that’s exactly how you handle a lying, poisonous bully who cuts you down in public over and over again: you ask her nicely if you can speak to her in private, and then politely explain to her that she is hurting your feelings by mocking your son’s death and expressing hope that your husband dies. Because, really, most bullies really do give a damn about the hurt feelings of their victims, I mean, that’s why they become bullies in the first place, right? (And, BTW, how does Brewer know that Elizabeth Edwards didn’t actually try that?–this has been going on for years.)
    Of course, you just have to pray that the bully doesn’t take whatever you’ve told her in private and use it to stab you in the back in public, and lie (surprise!) about your conversation.
    And what the hell is this “elevate the level of political discourse, woman to woman” bullshit? Uh, HELLO? “Political” discourse must, by definition, happen in the “polis”, neh? Private conversation doesn’t in any way contribute, positively or negatively, to “political discourse”–it can’t.

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