Why Lindsey Graham?

August 12, 2009 at 8:02 pm | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

New York Times has an odd piece up on the storm going on behind the scenes of the fairly professional Today Show, NBC’s morning show. What is fascinating to me how conventional and SOP’d the whole operation has become. You can see this every morning. The same exact thing, with little if any surprise. Bill Clinton took a quick trip to North Korea. Who should Matt Lauer discuss this with? Why a Southern Republican Senator of course! Surely then when George Bush did something NBC had on as their usual guest a Northern Democratic Senator, right? Right? Heh, that’s not Standard Operating Procedure. If a Republican president does something internationally, SOP says you should have a Southern Republican Senator on to talk about the subject. If a Democratic president does something internationally, SOP says you should have a Southern Republican Senator on to talk about the subject. See. Very simple. Newt Gingrich is fairly free these days. Why not get him talking? John Bolton is fairly free these days. Senator McCain is fairly free these days. Sarah Palin quits her governorship. Who should you call to discuss it? Why Bill Kristol of course, the man who groomed Sarah Palin and convinced McCain to pick her as his VP. It just makes sense of course.

I wish we had a better media than what we currently have, which is based more on entertainment rather than actual news reporting. America deserves better than this. And it is even more so painful for the Today Show, which I consider the most professional of the morning shows. It is painful to watch the same discredited characters come on to spout their lies. America deserves better than this. But America will not get better than this as long as news organizations are owned by large corporations whose self interest interferes with proper newscasting.

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