God, The Media Sucks…

Chris Matthews and Tom Brokaw were discussing the media’s missteps concerning yesterday’s New Hampshire Primary:

MATTHEWS: We’re going to have to go back and figure out the methodology, I think, on some of these.

BROKAW: You know what I think we’re going to have to go back and do? Wait for the voters to make their judgment.

MATTHEWS: What do we do then in the days before balloting–

BROKAW: What a novel idea–

MATTHEWS: –We must stay home then I guess.

BROKAW: No, no, we don’t stay home. There are reasons to analyze what they’re saying. We know from how the people voted today what moved them to vote. We can take a look at that. There are a lot of issues that had not been fully explored in all this.

But we don’t have to get in the business of making judgments before the polls have closed and trying to stampede and affect the process.

Look, I’m not picking just on us. It’s part of the culture in which we live these days. But I think the people out there are going to begin to make some judgments about us, if they haven’t already, if we don’t begin to temper that temptation to constantly try to get ahead of what the voters are deciding, in many cases as we learned in New Hampshire, as they went into the polling place today or in the past three days. They were making decisions very late.

I’m sorry, did he say, begin? We might begin to make judgments about the media? Tom, I trust political pundits in the same manner that I trust a Catholic priest to baby sit or the Bush administration to keep my cover so clearly, there’s only one thing left to do. Even without writers The Daily Show gets it right every time.  The good news is that Comedy Central is allowing bloggers to embed clips. The bad news is that I can’t get it to work and I hear the embedded videos expire. So click on over there and check out this clip when you have a few extra minutes.

3 responses to “God, The Media Sucks…

  1. I don’t agree with about the daily show. I think it’s funny but I don’t think it should be the young crowd’s way to get information. At times I think it’s sad that they make light of serious issues for laughs. We’re smarter than this.

  2. I see your point and if the mainstream media didn’t pander to ratings or try to tell me what to think, I would agree. I think that The Daily Show stimulates thought by revealing the ironies and discussing the obvious. Since they have no interest in trying to beat out other networks, secure ratings or “get the story first” – they don’t create the news – just react to it. Should a young person get all of their political information there? Certainly not. But since they can’t trust the mainstream media to provide unbiased info, why not start at The Daily Show and move on from there?

  3. Lisa in Frederick

    linda, i think your assessment of the daily show is spot on. we watch cnn-hn on a fairly regular basis to get the headlines spoon-fed to us, and i then usually catch some articles throughout the work day on yahoo news. and then at the end of the day, the daily show and colbert report points out, as you say, the ironies in everything, and it genuinely helps me to form a better rounded opinion on the issues. 🙂 ~~lisa

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