Raise your hand if, in the past six months, you’ve seen an entire episode of Hardball devoted to discussing our “troubled economy,” the sad state of America’s transportation infrastructure, the failings of our educational system, the never-ending war in Iraq, or the “uncertain American economic future.”
Matthews claimed those are the key issues that face our country and, by implication, are what are important to this campaign. Yet Matthews hosts a cable news program that pretty much refuses to discuss those issues.
It’s total ass-covering. Come the hell on. All they’re really doing is saying “this isn’t important” so they can claim to be above it all and powerless in the face of what “the American people” want to talk about, while simultaneously claiming the overarching awesomeness of their Pundit Hive Cock. Honestly, this is one step above the kid in third grade, or the neighbor one house over, leaning over to you and saying, “Now I hate to gossip, but GOSSIP GOSSIP GOSSIP.” It’s a disclaimer: This isn’t important, but we’re gonna talk about it anyway, only now that we’ve SAID it’s not important, you can’t tar us with any kind of responsibility for it.
This is a cousin of the critter that is claiming you don’t want to write about X but it’s a “phenomenon,” or it’s “out there” or it’s “on the Internet.” It’s basically announcing that despite working for a 24-HOUR NEWS NETWORK you’re too big a pussy to own up to your own editorial decisions. I would have much more respect for Tweety if the little punk would just say, “Look, this lipstick and pig shit is funny and it’s cute and we covered it because it’s easy.”
What I aggressively do not want is some pretentious news twink like Tweety claiming to be oh so confounded that we just don’t cover the important issues while being in, shall we say, A COMPLETE AND TOTAL PERFECT POSITION TO COVER IMPORTANT ISSUES. Better that Tweety be what Tweety is, completely and without obfuscation, than that he pretend to be something he’s not and shove the responsibility for what he is off onto people who, last I checked, didn’t exactly vote on his programming decisions. Just sack up, already, and be honest.
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