Thursday, January 21, 2010

Cable News Shows: A Contradiction In Terms

I'm no TV critic, but the 24-hour-cable news programs have been in full 'roid rage this week.

Righty shows on Fox deemed Scott Brown's Senatorial win a revolution, or the end of the Obama presidency, and other nonsense.

Tonight, Keith Olbermann on MSNBC - - and I am usually a fan - - said the Supreme Court's approval of corporate contributions to campaigns ranked up there in the legal Hall of Shame (my term) with the Dred Scott decision, and meant the end of American democracy.

I don't think Brown's surprising win or the Court's troubling ruling are the end of the world as we know it.

Fodder for amped-up TV commentators, sure.

But let's see what these stories look like in 12-18 months, and how many unanticipated consequences or unforeseen tangents emerged - - after the hype died down and the yelling or heavy breathing or sheer goofiness subsided.


Brutus said...

Hey, look at the bright side! Lobbiest will no longer be needed! Each Representative will get daily memo's from his/her corporate sponsor(s).

Anon Jim said...

James - your being a fan of the moronic and vile ranter Keith Olbermann comes as no great surprise - and it explains a lot about your perspective on issues great and small.

And I acknowledge this has been a hard week for progressives such as your self, what with John “Two Americas” Edwards being forced after all this time to admit he is the father of Rielle Hunter’s baby (wow – just how repulsive of a human being is Johnnyboy), the SCOTUS finally and correctly gutting McCain-Feingold, Dems all across the spectrum forming circular firing squads in the wake losing their filibuster-proof majority in Congress, and the “unexpected” bad news in the job numbers.

Now I don’t know exactly what has been stated on Fox (and doubt you do either) - but to think that the Brown win in Taxxachusettes (of all place) is not a major turning point for the Obama Administration - that his ability to get legislation thru of any kind has been severely damaged . . . that is just delusional.