Thursday, August 30, 2012
Kill The Messenger!
Can anyone tell me when the "talking heads" on the TV news shows became more important than the subject of their coverage? Last night, when I tuned into to watch the Republican National Convention I found the convention events and speeches drowned out by the incessant chatter of the TV news hosts. They were all guilty of it, NBC, CBS, Fox, CNN, and last, but not least, and most despicable, MSNBC.
When did the "messenger" become more important than the message? Even as recently as ten years ago, the viewer could watch the conventions, listen to the speeches, hear the hopes and aspirations of the party leaders, and come to an objective opinion on your own.
Now, the talking heads have the hubris to assert that they must somehow explain everything to you, that you are not smart enough to listen, and comprehend on your own. The media elite must filter what is said, twist it, and tell you what the speaker was "really saying". They jump on the most subtle nuance to define the code words they wish to define.
MSNBC held a huge "snark-fest". While CNN had Erin and Wolf, and Fox had their traditional newscasters, MSNBC had their wild eyed liberal commentators on hand to snark, smirk, poke great fun at traditional American values. Not a single "journalist" was on hand to even pretend to offer objective reporting.
Chris Matthews, spittle flowing from his lips, was in fine form, charging anyone on the Republican dais as playing the "race card". Rachel Maddow squirmed in orgasmic delight as she assailed the Republican defense of traditional marriage. Larry O'Donnell continued his crusade toward convincing the American viewer that America can continue living off Chinese bankers and fund all the government gravy extended to the Welfare and Food Stamp Army.
But I find fault with all of the networks for interposing their chatter during the convention events. I finally realized that good old C-Span would be covering the convention with nary a pundit in sight; just pure unfiltered delivery of a national political event.
God bless C-Span and "kill" the rest of the messengers. I'd rather hear the message and decide for myself!
Sad. Damned Sad.