Thursday, June 29, 2006

The Talking Head Shows Have Become Hilarious

And not just because Hardball was on twice yesterday, with crazy-as-a-shithouse-rat Tom Delay saying "Valerie Plame was not a CIA agent."

And not just because Ann Coulter, the other night on Scarborough Country, threw down a question to her via-satellite debate opponent, and then took the satellite delay as capitulation. "I rest my case!" she brayed after the two-second silence.

It's just all become so odd.

Lately they've been slobbering over the headline "Jon Stewart Bad for Democracy."

I read the study. That's not quite what it says. It's a questionable study of limited value of a small sample that only proves that those who watch The Daily Show are more cynical about politicians and the media than those who watch the CBS Evening News.

To which I say, "duh" and "good."

Also, putting a skull and crossbones on a bottle's label makes people more cynical about drinking what's in it.

But to hear the pundits argue it, you would think Jon Stewart was burning the American Flag in the middle of Oprah's living room while Osama laughs via CCTV. In fact, all I see is flopsweat, as politicos and pundits alike realize young people don't buy their bullshit anymore. Fans of Blazing Saddles will instantly recognize in most of these discussions the scene where a panicked Governor LePetomane says, "We've got to protect our phony baloney jobs!"

Kudos go out to Ron Reagan and Mike Barnacle, who were the sole islands of sanity on Hardball on Friday. They said, correctly, that a certain cynicism is a healthy response to the politicians and the media we are saddled with. That thank goodness we have The Daily Show to hang the blowhards with their own soundbites, while the mainstream media simply swallows them whole. And that this generation of 18-30 year olds will grow into a different kind of electorate that won't swallow the same pablum previous generations did.

The right-wing knucklehead in the middle disagreed. He said something so ridiculous it ended the debate, making Reagan, Barnacle, and even moderator Norah O'Donnell bust out laughing at the sheer lunacy of it. It proved more than ever why there is an old world and a new world, and it's time for one to die out and make room for the other.

This guy actually said of 18-30-year-olds, "We'll see if they're still laughing when Ted Kennedy comes to take away their stereos."

Mike Barnacle said, "I haven't heard the word 'stereo' since 1954."

You have GOT to watch these shows.


peeky said...

How come everybody I grew up with who (smoked pot and) hated Nixon and republicans and were totally disillusioned by the corruption of the right-wing when(ever) it came into power, have since turned into terrifying hyper-religious morons? Just wondering.

It's not so much the 18-30 year olds as what they turn into at some point. Also, why is Ann Coulter allowed to appear on "shows" where people appear to listen to her and why hasn't she been thrown off a bridge? Just wondering.

Michael Markowitz said...

First question: Alex Keaton syndrome? Mass hysteria? Cats and dogs, living together?

Second question: because she lives under one

Boski93 said...

"Harumph for the Governor! Hey, I didn't get a harumph out that guy."

You are so right. Most of these "political talk" shows are now just a step below the WWE. So what is next? When is Hannity going to hit someoen with a chair and then go into the Steel Cage for Hubrismania VII.

But at the same time aren't you chilled to know that there are way too many people out there who look at what comes out of some of these right-wing wackos soup coolers, and think of it as the absolute truth?

gina said...

"You have GOT to watch these shows."

I'm sorry, I just can't. And you can't make me!

Michael Markowitz said...

Oh you'll watch, missy... and you'll like it!