Cenk Has Questions

April 17th, 2008at 08:06pm Posted by Eli

The Young Turk wants to know, What’s Up With The Media Already???

Does Stephanopoulos realize that he is helping the Republican election strategy by asking an insane and inane question about whether Obama wears an American flag? Or does he have no clue as to how he is being spun?….


This game sickens me. All I want to know now is whether the so-called news folks are in on it or if they are fools being played like clueless puppets. I want to know whether I should be angry or sad. Imagine how embarrassed they must feel this morning if none of this had ever occurred to them and for the first time they realized they’ve been played for fools all along. That the Republicans call them names, accuse them of being biased and then have them do their bidding every year — and then laugh at them behind their back and talk about how pathetic they are.

They know.  The media’s willful stupidity is a pose, an alibi to disguise the fact that most of them work for extremely pro-Republican corporations.

Here’s Mr. Snuffalupagus’s defense of his worthless questions:

…Stephanopoulos strongly defended his handling of the debate. He dismissed criticism that it had focused too heavily on “gotcha” questions, arguing that they had gone to the heart of the “electability” that, he said, is forefront in the minds of voters evaluating the two Dems.

“Overall, the questions were tough, fair, relevant, and appropriate,” Stephanopoulos argued….


Asked to defend the fact that policy didn’t come up for the first 40 or so minutes of the debate, Stephanopoulos said:

“We decided to focus at the top on the issues that had been at the center of the debate since the last debate. Everything we brought up in that front section had not come up since the last debate. And they all focused on the same theme — which candidate would be a stronger Democratic candidate in November.”

“This is the core question for the campaigns, and a lot of Democratic voters right now. That’s why we decided to lead with it.”
Asked why we should presume that electability, rather than issues, was the dominant concern of many Dems right now, Stephanopoulos argued that it was a frequent topic of discussion on the campaign trail.

“People also take into account…how candidates handle controversy,” he said. “That’s what campaigns are about, as well.”

Asked why the moderators had chosen to spend time on Wright, when Obama has repeatedly responded to questions about him, Stephanopoulos defended it by saying that Wright’s most incendiary comments had come to light, and Obama’s speech in response, had both come after the previous debate.

When I asked him whether asking about Obama’s derelict approach to his flag lapel pin risked making it look like right-wing frames were dictating the line of questioning, Stephanopoulos said:

“Sure, there’s a risk.” But he added: “If you look at the fall campaign, there are some clear signals from Senator Obama’s opponents that all of these issues are going to be put together in a general argument. They all go back to that same theme.”

This is strongly reminiscent of “journalists” who report on smears and gossip against Democrats because the story is “out there” and so they’re obliged to talk about it.  If they have to talk about electability, they could ask each candidate one Inane Fake Scandal question and then move on.  50 minutes on contentless, uninformative gotchas is… obscene.  It’s like they watched the Williams/Russert-moderated debates and decided to see how much further they could push the envelope.

And let us not forget how they shrugged off blockbuster stories like the male prostitute in the White House press corps, or that the President Of The United States just admitted to personally authorizing torture.

They’re in on it.

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