Sunday, December 28, 2008

Headline Seeks Story

Since the election, I've tuned out a lot of daily political coverage. This sort of ludicrous filler reminds me why. The emerging storyline: Obama's claustrophia in the bubble. The evidence: some harmless chitchat with reporters, and his increasing use of take-out menus.

Beware these lulls. When the media beast needs something to get people watching and reading again, it usually gets it.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You'd think the journalism schools would do some real soul-searching -- their alumni keep demonstrating that they're too flat-out stupid to cope with anything other than personalities and celebrity.

Granted, not all of the gasbags infesting the media organs are journalism school products....
-- sglover

12/28/2008 2:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"a tuna melt on 12-grain bread"

Why spend time investigating the downfall of the economy when you can tell America what the Pres-elect had for lunch.

12/28/2008 5:53 PM  
Blogger Mrs Panstreppon said...

On the other hand, deliberately sucking the oxygen out of the news cycle is not unheard of.

Why did the Israelis attack Gaza when it did?

C.R., do you know anything about Noel Levine? His property management firm, Troon Management Inc., shared an address and phone number with Madoff at 885 Third Ave.

In 2006, Levine along with others formed the Bank of Greenwich.

His foundation, the Noel and Harriette Levine Foundation, supposedly donated $12 million to the Israel Museum in 2005 but the foundation has never had more than $850k at any one time and that was invested in Madoff's firm.

Noel Levine seems to have made his money, at least initally, asa an owner of Associated Products.

What if he and Bernie were in on an even bigger scam than we know of so far?

12/28/2008 7:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I have solved the media problem ... I HAVE NO TV !!!

I do not miss it at all ... not even the commercials!

12/28/2008 9:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The end times are a self-fulfilling prophecy.

The Christians must go.

12/29/2008 12:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps this explains the decline in the various types of news media.

They kept telling us that this is what the public wants. Maybe the public really didn't want it after all.

For those that want to be good educated citizens, and have limited time, what's the answer.

12/29/2008 10:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tend to agree with sglover. I'm thinking that journalism students should be forced to have a second major in political science, history, sociology, something that will give them training in something relevant. Our media is shallow and self-absorbed. It's a real chicken-egg thing. Is our society shallow and self-obsessed because they're not getting better information, or is the media really giving us what the majority of us want? Does the media not give more in-depth coverage to things that really matter because they don't think we'll understand it, or are they too shallow to provide quality analysis?

12/29/2008 12:34 PM  

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