Thursday, April 17, 2008

A poem for Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos

In the desert
I saw a creature, naked, bestial,
Who, squatting upon the ground,
Held his heart in his hands,
And ate of it.
I said: "Is it good, friend?"
"It is bitter—bitter," he answered;
"But I like it
Because it is bitter,
And because it is my heart."

--Stephen Crane

The best summary of last night's so-called debate that I can come up with this morning. Continue eating your hearts out, corporate media.

2 comments:

Sam Houston said...

I didn't see the debate but, from what I've read today, the ABC folks don't seem to have even tried to hide their preference for Mrs. Clinton. I guess we shouldn't be surprised.

SFP said...

I've never had a high opinion of TV news in the first place, but this was really bottom of the barrel.

A game of trivial pursuit instead of questions about any actual issues, that was the saddest part. No acknowledgement of Stephanopoulos' past history with the Clintons. Repeated shots of Chelsea and other Clinton supporters in the audience. While the audience was told not to applaud for the candidates before the "debate" began, nothing was said when Clinton's supporters applauded; when Obama's supporters applauded, they were told to stop. And Charlie Gibson is sooo afraid his capital gains taxes are going to increase that it isn't even funny.

Ah well. Jim Shoemaker told my class back in the early 80s that news was whatever your editor happened to say was news. Corporate overlords will do their best to diminish any candidate that might not support further media consolidation.