Wednesday, May 28, 2008

A humble campaign request

Can we just agree that if a news piece gets its big break on YouTube, it doesn't deserve the full force of the media engine?

I think that the reason these "YouTube issues" have been so big in the news isn't just that video sharing is wildly popular, it's because discussing these issues doesn't take any work.

No reporting. No insight. No context. Nothing between an open mouth or flowing pen and a couple easy pot shots at a candidate. What's not to love? (Except, of course, that poll after poll show what Americans really want from political pundits is thoughtful, balanced reporting on substantiative issues.)

A religion teacher of mine used to call this kind of thing constipation of the brain and diarrhea of the mouth.

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