Letting the critics do the critiquing (for once)


I’m as vocal a critic as anyone when it comes to the election coverage of cable news and, in some cases, the broadcast networks.  But I’ll let the Inquirer’s television critic, Jonathan Storm, do a little of what he does best:

 A survey of coverage by everyone from Tim Russert to Sean Hannity last week, the kickoff of campaigning in Pennsylvania, turned up mind-numbingly predictable opinions, incessant redundancy, and an astonishingly narrow perspective. A diligent viewer could gain small understandings, but the results did not justify the intense effort.

Bill O’Reilly thinks progressive Democrats are “loons.” Keith Olbermann thinks Bill O’Reilly is a loon. Larry King lobs softballs that at least give his interviewees a chance to talk, and a-rambling off they go. Do people really watch this stuff regularly?

Storm points out that sometimes it’s not a bad thing for a reporter to be unsure about the answer to one of his anchor’s questions:

Two TV journalists stood apart from the pack. Fox News’ Major Garrett, covering Obama’s campaign, provided key insights, while refusing to be drawn into the speculation game that makes up what seems like 85 percent of cable news political coverage. NBC’s boyish political director Chuck Todd appeared all over his brand’s outlets, offering perceptions that, unlike those of so many of his counterparts, illuminated the situation rather than the pundit.

When anchor Martha MacCallum asked Garrett if Obama had succeeded in defusing a difficult campaign situation in his battle with Hillary Rodham Clinton, he responded, “That’s a question I can’t answer.”

And as long as people continue to care about “who is going to win” (entertainment) instead of “who should be the president” (serious stuff) far too many “journalists” are going to try and answer that question.


One Response to “Letting the critics do the critiquing (for once)”

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