Sunday, October 31, 2004


Block the vote redux

Why political satirists are getting street cred and mainstream news media are losing it...

Check out this story from the Onion:
MIAMI, FL—With the knowledge that the minority vote will be crucial in the upcoming presidential election, Republican Party officials are urging blacks, Hispanics, and other minorities to make their presence felt at the polls on Wednesday, Nov. 3.
I will always remember the Onion as the one media outlet that was able to sustain any critical thinking in the immediate aftermath of 9/11.

On a similar note, I think Jon Stewart's October 15 appearance on Crossfire was truly praiseworthy. Although it didn't come across on the transcript, if you watch the clip, you can see that Stewart didn't seem to be having a good time: instead, he was enduring a number of painfully uncomfortable or awkward moments in order to make a point that was unfortunately lost in the uproar.

The mainstream news media has become so lame when it comes to critical reporting and analysis, that even they treat a comedy show as a peer.

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