Sad days for Journalism

Just a rant.

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.

First question: What are the differences between your mom's health care plan and Sen. Obama's plan?

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.

Sigh.

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.

Tags: Chelsea Clinton, dental, Health care, journalism, Media, mental health (all tags)

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Re: Sad days for Journalism

It was a wonderful, informative answer until they cut her off. The dental parity was something no one has mentioned and I was very glad to hear.

I had no idea Chelsea spoke so well and was a wonk either...I guess she takes after her parents.

by americanincanada 2008-02-11 09:40AM | 0 recs
Re: Sad days for Journalism
Yeah - that was the first time I've heard ANYONE mention dental!!! And for someone claiming the mount of Paul Wellstone, you would think the Obama camp would include mental health parity in their plan (one of Wellstone's major legislative goals, which has still not passed). But no.
by Turnpike Kid 2008-02-11 09:44AM | 0 recs
Re: Sad days for Journalism

Dental is a big thing for me right now as I just had dental surgery here in Canada. It was cheap but I had to pay it all as I am just a part time visitor here.

I plan to be back in the states again soon, permanently, and having dental parity would be amazing.

by americanincanada 2008-02-11 09:48AM | 0 recs
Chelsea
There have been a few articles (most recently a NY Times piece) trying to get the "dirt" on Chelsea from her friends. Everyone says the same: she is a lovely, fiercely loyal (like her mother) young woman, intensely private (understandable), hard-working at everything she does, and a huge wonk (like both her parents). No one has anything bad to say. IIRC, there was also something in the Times piece about how even though she had a professional advantage because of her name going into her job, she built her reputation by diving into her tasks, working long hours, and impressing her colleagues with her work products. Who does that sound like? She also supports the ballet.
by Turnpike Kid 2008-02-11 09:49AM | 0 recs
Re: Sad days for Journalism
As somenone who has worked in the media for nearly 30 years, please accept my apologies.
What gets me is that these characters are the people I, as someone who has spent my entire career in the small-marke media, am supposed to look up to.
IfI were Obama, HRC or someone connected to either campaign, I would open by saying "I'd like to talk about the issues that are most importatn to the country, so you in the press are warned. What I'm going to say is above your level!"
by spirowasright 2008-02-11 09:55AM | 0 recs

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