Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Saturday, September 25, 2010 10:17 pm

When Congress criticizes the media …

Filed under: Journalism — Lex @ 10:17 pm
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… they usually show their rear ends to the world. But in assessing comedian Stephen Colbert’s congressional testimony on the problems faced by migrant farm laborers, Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., got this exactly right:

[Chu] maintained that the pundits “ignored the actual issues at hand during the hearing, like the Agriculture bill and the migrant workers who need our help,” and instead “misdirected their outrage toward Mr. Colbert’s delivery and tone instead of the real travesties here.”

“I think that’s due in large part to the fact that it’s easier to write a story or newscript about how out of the ordinary it is to have a comedian testifying to Congress, than it is to really delve into problems facing migrant workers,” she continued. “Tragically, I think it’s safe to say that the lone day Mr. Colbert spent working in the fields earlier this year gave him a better understanding of this issue than many people covering this story possess.”

Ayep.

The larger Media Fail issue is that DC media spend way too much time and effort focusing on the political ramifications of whatever they’re covering than they do on the policy aspects. And why does that matter? Because the policy aspects are the ones that affect you and me and people like us.

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