blogenlust
8.11.2004

Rhetorical Question...


Do you have to be a sensationalistic, tone-deaf screamer (did I mention blow hard?) to have a political talk show on cable? Pat Buchanan, Joe Scarborough, Bill O'Reilly, Chris Matthews, Sean Hannity, Wolf Blitzer, Tim Russert, Dennis Miller, John McEnroe...the list goes on. I won't even touch talk radio (Savage, Limbaugh, O'Reilly, Hannity). You watch this shit for ten minutes and you suddenly realize why nobody in this country knows what the fuck is going on in the world. You also realize why its impossible to have a political discussion with someone without it resulting in a screaming match. People learn how to talk about politics by watching Bill O'Reilly tell someone he doesn't like to "Shut up!"; People can't help interrupt another's viewpoint because they always see Chris Matthews and Buchanan interrupt to change the subject whenever someone proves them wrong; "Objective" analysis means having a representative of the Bush Administration argue with a representative of the Kerry campaign about any of the important issues of the day (stem-cell, gay marriage, terrorism, Iraq, etc). Cable television news channels are single-handedly responsible for the deterioration of public discourse in this country. Sometimes I get so frustrated at people I know who don't think things through or don't care about what is going on in the world, and I start to blame them for a second. Then I turn on MSNBC, CNN, or Fox News and realize that there is a reason why people don't understand that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. These channels and programs trivialize everything and provide no depth to any issue outside of whether or not Teresa Heinz Kerry is a bitch because she told a reporter to "Shove it!" The latest non-story is the group of Swift Boat Veterans (who served in Vietnam but not on the same boat as Kerry). All of a sudden, the fact that it is in a book makes it true and therefore doubt is cast on Kerry's fitness to be President. WTF? None of these guys served with Kerry on his swift boat. Every single soldier who actually served with him (except for the one dead soldier) vouches for his Presidential fitness. The author of the book, John E. O'Neill, started serving in Vietnam two months after John Kerry left. The doctor in the television ad who says he treated Kerry's wounds? His signature is nowhere to be found on Kerry's official military medical records. Now, you tell me where the story is? John Stewart and The Daily Show should not be the best anchor and news program on television...speaking of which, I have to go watch it now.