high-profile gigs, where Luke Russert it on tv solely by dint of his
last name, where the “dean” of political reporters regularly talks
aboutbeing bored by facts and figures,
and not think to themselves “this is fucking ridiculous”? The thing I’d
like to know, and I’ve asked a lot of political reporters but never
gotten an honest reply, is: do many people in the media feel this way
too? And if they don’t, what the hell is wrong with them?
In the first place, plenty of good reporters in small and mid-size markets think the TV/columnist/pundit star system is utter bullshit but are powerless to do anything about it being as they spend every goddamn second of their lives working their asses off in professional environments that would make most of us sick from stress.
In the second place, those higher up who might be able to credibly tell Cokie and Broder to suck it are delusional enough to think if they just keep kissing up and kicking down, they’ll be able to one day join that august company of jackasses who make money yelling at each other on TV and getting invited to parties. So it’s sort of like the class warfare argument. You’re counting on people identifying with the rich because they aspire to be rich someday, and sadly, plenty of people are dumb enough to play that game.