Dispatches From Earth-2

January 14th, 2008at 06:30pm Posted by Eli

In case you hadn’t noticed, the media and political establishment seems to dwell entirely in a strange parallel alternative universe, which bears only the most superficial resemblance to the real one. And sometimes one of its members says something that really drives that point home perfectly. This is one such example, from an Adweek story about how poorly integrated blogs and political campaigns are:

“The jury is still out on whether the blogs can compete with the credibility, accountability and longevity of television over the last four decades,” says David Mercer, a Democratic political strategist who has worked on five presidential elections, including the 2004 John Kerry and the 2000 Al Gore campaigns.

Amazing. I’ll concede the point on longevity, but credibility and accountability? There are hobos with more credibility and accountability than television. Clearly, the universe Mercer is speaking from is one where Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite and Keith Olbermann are anchoring the Big Three networks, and Fox News doesn’t exist at all. Either that, or a universe where the blogosphere is all conservative…

Democrats, I’m begging you: Please do not employ any consultants who believe that television is any kind of honest broker.

Entry Filed under: Blogosphere,Elections,Media,Politics,TV,Wankers


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