OK. I admit it. The media is biased. It’s impossible to deny it anymore.
The media is completely biased in favor of stories that they can easily understand and that you’ll be likely to follow.
It’s not that easy to be an expert on Syria (or health care, or trade, or immigration law). It’s really easy to become an expert on Clinton’s unfurling email disaster (who among us hasn’t had mail server issues) and whatever the hell is going on in the Trump campaign. In the latest chapter, Melania told Anderson Cooper that as First Lady she’d like to focus on helping people counter the damaging effects of social media: “We need to guide them and teach them about social media because I see a lot of negativity on it.” You don’t exactly have to be a Humanities major to see the irony there. On a media-complexity level, our current election coverage ranks somewhere between the Real Housewives of Orange County and the couples category at YouPorn.
And then there’s our part. After all, in these troubled times for the news business, one can hardly blame content providers for serving what sells. And we are obsessed. Possibly, like never before. Sometimes, I seriously can’t remember what I thought about before I started thinking about this election. The other day, I gave my kids permission to use the iPad … until November 8th. And you’re no different. We can’t quit this garbage. We’re money in the bank. It’s grabbed us all by the pu… Well, you get the point.
It might seem like what I’m describing is a win-win-win: Many journalists and media ad-sales personnel are happy, consumers are getting more of what they want, and Gary Johnson never has to hear how bad things are in Aleppo. But there’s a problem. Our discourse has never been more removed from any of the issues related to being a president. I can’t prove it yet, but it seems to me that maintaining this disconnect is not a sustainable way to run a top-notch republic.