I want to use this moment at the computer to address the unspeakable ABCFallows' post also reminds us why George Stephanopoulos oughtta know better; and includes a very relevant passage from Fallows' 1996 Atlantic article "Why Americans Hate the Media," which Fallows says, 'bears on exactly this kind of mindless "what about the flag pin?" haranguing.'
bear-baitingdebate last night. I haven't read what anyone has said about this -- except for Tom Shales of the Washington Post. He said that what Charles Gibson and George Stephanopoulos did last night was "shoddy and despicable." I completely agree and add only these grace notes ***
Whatever else happens the next time we choose a president, there has got to be a better way to see candidates operate under pressure than the grotesque system that has metastasized during this electoral cycle. It makes candidates into mere props for bullying anchormen-narcissists. It does no one except the anchormen any good. ***
Maybe the RNC and the DNC can join hands in freeing political debate from the destructive grip of the networks. And if they can't do that, maybe we should just go all the way and have the candidates compete eating pails full of maggots on Fear Factor.
That's the logical extension of where we're headed.
Friday, April 18, 2008
James Fallows: ABC Debate was "Bear Baiting"
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