Monday, February 18, 2008

Back to the Old Muckring Era of Journalism

Watching Lou Dobbs and Bill Schneider on CNN today made me understand we are back to the old Muckraking era of journalism. Or maybe I've been oblivious and we never really left it?

I was so appalled to hear and see two old white men - both award-winning journalists - try to rake up dirt on Barack Obama and his wife Michelle. What they were talking about had no "legs" as they say in the media: not any real substance beyond what they tried to manufacture.

I'm not even going to dignify their dirt with characterizing it beyond saying - it was muck. It wasn't even real muck - they made up the muck! And people that rake up muck are Muckrakers.

Lou and Bill. Muckrakers. Go figure.


Jaye Patrick said...

Muckraking never went away. Remember Geraldine Ferraro and her bid for the Vice Presidency?

Her attempt was scuppered after the Office of Dirty Tricks raised the subject of her husband's tax evasion. She hadn't done anything wrong, and yet she was forced to withdraw.

No politician is absolutely pristine - didn't Hillary accuse Barack of being the lawyer for a slum lord? And Hillary. That Whitewater(?) scandal. George W. and his bankrupt businesses, Dick Cheney and Haliburton, Bill Clinton and whats'ername... the list goes on.

It's all a matter of degree and what the American people will put up with, I suppose.

Pandababy said...

It is a pretty sad litany, isn't it? Is it any better elsewhere?

Jaye Patrick said...

Well... here, Geraldine Ferraro's husband's tax problems would have been an issue, but not enough to warrant her withdrawing from the political race.

Same thing with Bill and Monica. He would have seen his popularity drop, but since he was doing a good job, people wouldn't have worried that much (more the snickering than anything else).

Cheney would have been sacked. No question, and the Independent Commission on Corruption (ICAC) would probably have recommended criminal charges be laid.

We're not as feral about personal lives here, as long as the pollies do a good job. But then... that's us.

Pandababy said...
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Pandababy said...

So I'll try again- without skipping over too many words (it is getting late here).

We hold our politicians to a high standard, one most of us would fail to meet in any number of areas.

Unfair, but true.

sigh. But that's us.