When one thinks of people like Glenn Beck, Keith Olberman, Bill O’Reily, and Rush Limbaugh, one often finds oneself wanting to stab ice picks in one’s ears. These people are commentators, not newsmen, but this distinction is not understood by a lot of people.
But let’s imagine a world in which these vitriolic opinionated ass-hats didn’t exist. It would be a world of reporting only the facts. “People gathered outside the capitol today and protested the legality of President Obama’s birth certificate.” “Some republicans are upset about the death panels that would be created under the congress’ health care reform bill.”
The point is that there are some truly crazy people out there and perhaps it takes some crazy people to cover them. I’ve seen the so called serious news cover these events and with only a few exceptions they are far more interested in not offending anyone that they don’t say anything at all. They’re afraid that if they point out that there is no way that Obama isn’t a citizen they’ll be accused of being left wing and biased. The right has embraced so many lies that it is impossible to report the truth without appearing to be leftist.
When we have actual US Congressmen (I’m looking at you, Michele Bachmann) who think that the census leads to internment camps, who receives huge amount of campaign donations from the insurance companies and proceeds to act as their puppet, who has consistently worked to incite violence against those who oppose her, who thinks CO2 is natural and therefore harmless to the environment, and who thinks that we need to go through and purge the congress of all of those with what she has determined to be “anti-american” philosophies – why shouldn’t we have crazy people on tv talking about them?
Until we start electing serious people there will be no possibility of serious news. This is not to say that there are not good news sources out there, and it is not to say that all cable news commentators were created equal. But it is to say that the serious news should spend less time complaining about the so-called “fake” newsmen on cable news and start complaining more about the “fake” people who are deciding our fate.