Thursday, September 11, 2008

Brokaw/"Middle" Supplemented

While discussing a particular dangerously duplicitous bit of "news coverage" from FOX News (regarding the recent US action in Azizabad that ended up killing a large number of innocent civilians), Salon's Glenn Greenwald ends by buttressing JJ's earlier entry on the matter:

Most striking of all is that the "issues" of least significance, of zero import, are the ones which receive the most attention in the "political debates" conducted by our media -- pigs and lipstick and bowling scores and lapel pins and windsurfing tights -- while the ones of greatest significance are virtually ignored. And that is highly unlikely to change between now and November. To know why, just compare these two statements -- first, from McCain campaign manager Rick Davis ("This election is not about issues. This election is about a composite view of what people take away from these candidates") and this one from MSNBC's Joe Scarborough (media will talk about "[w]hatever the McCain campaign wants us to talk about"). When Tom Brokaw expresses concern about any of that, then his profound concerns over undignified journalism can be taken seriously.

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