Sad days for Journalism
by Turnpike Kid, Mon Feb 11, 2008 at 09:19:44 AM EST
I'm watching MSNBC right now. Or not really watching, but it's on in the background as I'm working on my laptop.
The anchor goes live to a town hall in Wisconsin with Chelsea Clinton, where she is taking questions at Marquette University.
Chelsea, reinforcing her reputation as a huge policy wonk, goes into the intricacies of the Congressional Health Plan, talking about cost savings and percentages based on how many people buy into the pool. Then goes onto talk about mental health and dental parity, which have not been discussed by any other candidates. Great.
I guess all of that was too boring, because the MSNBC anchor decides to cut off Chelsea's answer, which I found incredibly informative, as someone who usually doesn't get bogged down in policy details. Instead, the bored anchor decides to discuss Chelsea's role in the campaign and why that's significant for the youth vote.
The voters care about the issues. They don't show up at town hall meetings and ask Chelsea, "What are the implications of your being here for the youth vote?" Instead, they ask: How can your mom's policies help Americans.
But the press isn't interested. Too boring. Let's talk horserace instead. Just like sports.
Speaking of sports, nice CNN piece this morning on the Fantasy Congress fad. I hear it's all the rage among those cool college kids.
That's right. Politics is sports.