Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Funny Daily Show commentary

Caught a little bit of the Daily Show yesterday (good show, bit liberal but funny); they had a funny bit about the senate report on the pre-war Iraq intelligence, and how it was basically ignored by the mainstream media. I found it funny on a couple levels. The take that the Daily Show had, which was that it was a really important revealing report which was ignored, was amusing.

On the other hand, the subtext was more interesting, in my opinion. For the actual report, the democrats on the committee basically wrote the accusations, the the republicans disagreed with all of them. So basically, the report was nothing more than partisan business as usual coming out of Congress, wasting time whining about how they (the democrats) don't like Bush.

Which leads back to the mainstream media basically ignoring it. Maybe they thought it was above the comprehension level of their audience, but that's doubtful; the democrats seemed careful to boil down the partisan accusations into simplified sound bites for public consumption. On the other hand, maybe partisan bickering and accusations aren't really news any more; maybe people have accepted the obvious lies and distortions as business as usual in our government, and it's not even worth covering because it's not interesting or news to people.

Whatever the case, I thought it was pretty interesting.

1 comment:

  1. It would have been nice if they had covered it and fact checked it. I don't mean fact-checking with the goal of showing "both sides of the story" but just checking the hard facts.