Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Damn fast bloggers

People, really, you have to stop posting blogs on topics I was planning on writing about. Now it's Matt Taibbi that be posting before me. God bless this man. I just bought his new book, The Great Derangement: A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics, and Religion at the Twilight of the American Empire. I am really looking forward to reading it.

But, the blog.

If, as expected, Barack Obama wins, we should all get ready for the emergence (one might say re-emergence) of a powerful new storyline in the right-wing media. There are going to be many stories circulated about the rise of Rachel Maddow, Keith Olbermann and other in-the-tank-for-BO media types. Complaining about media bias was already a national sport before this election season, but now that one of America's top TV commentators is an affable lesbian who rolls her eyes every time she reads a Republican talking point, you can expect the howls from the hills to be louder than ever.

It's started already and you can expect it to get worse. The basic theme is that Maddow and Olbermann are only the tip of the iceberg, symptomatic of a more broadly-ingrained media bias that infects the less obvious propagandists as much as or more than that notable twosome. This same complaint will be made in print and on the air roughly 500 million times between now and the next presidential elections, camouflaged in different forms.
The entire point has been bothering me for at least the last few days. So, I'm happy someone got out there. I only wish I could come close to making a better argument.

I just want to know where these people attacking the bias media four years ago? Where were they speaking out against FoxNews? Huh? Where?!

And speaking of Maddow, you all need to go check out her show. Cus it's great. And everyone should keep up on Rolling Stone, because Taibbi is a fucking great writer.

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