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Krugman’s grouse with the media September 20, 2007

Posted by Sharath Rao in America, politics.

Enter Paul Krugman, with a brand new blog. He points out something I have found myself amusing over too – at times, I feel the level of political discourse here is mature and high and just when I am beginning to be sure, I am treated to some rather puerile political commentary.

As Krugman says :

To a remarkable extent, punditry has taken a pass on whether Gen. Petraeus’s picture of the situation in Iraq is accurate. Instead, it was all about the theatrics – about how impressive he looked, how well or poorly his Congressional inquisitors performed. …

But here’s the thing: new polls by CBS and Gallup show that the Petraeus testimony had basically no effect on public opinion: Americans continue to hate the war, and want out. The whole story about how the hearing had changed everything was a pure figment of the inside-the-Beltway [the Washington D.C. area] imagination.

If you don’t know what I mean, recall how the media analyses the State of the Union address and the hidden messages behind it or how it compared to previous addresses and when was the last time the president used the word “x” within the first 10 minutes of the address. Or wait until next elections and see how the media dissects the the presidential debates ( who wore what, who was sweating more, and who appeared more presidential etc. )

A sample here from the Seattle Times.

Kerry seems a little high on himself. Kerry is shaking his head (when there’s a cutaway while Bush is speaking), writing something down. It bugs me. He also keeps looking at somebody in the audience. He’s not connecting with me. He’s not telling us how to he’s going to go from ‘O’ to ‘X.’ Bush does make a kind of scrunch on his face when he doesn’t agree with Kerry. But he seems more personable.

Reflects very poorly indeed on the world’s oldest democracy.



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