During Monday's "Countdown with Keith Olberman" on MSNBC, they were discussing the really disgusting effort by the press to try to find and over-hype even the slightest sign of conflict between candidates, and between Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton in particular.
During the CNN debate where people could submit video questions via YouTube, a question was asked whether the candidates would talk with our enemys. Obama, simply seeing an opportunity to state that he thought the Bush policy of refusing to talk to our "enemies" is stupid and counter-productive, said that the idea that refusing to talk to countries like Iran and Syria is some sort of punishment is ridiculous, which it is.
Clinton then jumped in and said that she wouldn't meet with any leaders of any "bad" countries because she didn't want to be used for propaganda, etc.
Not that big a deal, but boy the feverish imaginations of the political press, which truly function more like they're reporting on Hollywood or for E! television, were quick to try to make this a big deal.
It was not quite as ridiculous and insulting as when they tried to make a big play out of the fact that Hillary showed a teensy bit of cleavage while speaking on the Senate floor (what's WRONG with these people) and they then made up the stupid idea that this was all a calculated response to something they made up, namely, that Elizabeth Edwards comments somehow implied that Clinton wasn't feminine enough.
I mean, it's all so high-school, so purile and just plain dumb, not to mention that it's an appalling failure of the press to actually DO THEIR JOB and inform the public about important matters.
In discussing the Obama/Clinton non-story, Olberman twice quoted an Ed Tibbetts piece in the Quad City Times
in which both candidates responded to the other as the press desperately tried to fan the flames into some sort of conflict. They're itching for an Obama/Clinton fight so bad they can barely contain themselves.
When Clinton used the words, "irresponsible" and "naive", to describe Obama's response, they almost wet their pants. In that respect they resemble nothing more than a bunch of high schoolers trying to get two popular kids to fight. Once you think about it, the press truly does behave like juveniles, cattily discussing hair styles and clothes as if they are more important than what candidates are actually saying.
But what I started out to say, is that the Quad City Times actually had both candidates responding, and it was picked up by the national press. Olberman even said "Davenport".... wow!
And that's not all. One of the video questions choosen from among thousands to actually air for the candidates was from Davenport as well. It was from a woman who was sitting next to her mother, who, she explained, had diabetes. The woman stated the dismal statistics about the rise in the disease and problems getting proper care and asked the candidates what they would do about it. It was very well done.
So two Davenport mentions on national media in one night. Woohoo!