The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Friday, June 22, 2007

Sorry, just the Bad and the Ugly.

So, the other day I mentioned the story about Giuliani being given a seat on the high-profile Iraq Study Group, and deciding instead to go on a motivational-speaking tour that netted him some pretty serious cash. And this is a guy who wants to be president of the United States. While it doesn't provide concrete proof, it certainly suggests that Rudolph's natural inclination is to put personal gain over civic responsibility-- and we all know what that's brought us over the last six years.

Kevin Drum decided to check out the coverage this troubling revelation with the good ol' Lexis-Nexis search. What did he find? Exactly what you already suspect he found:

Remember that Newsday story from yesterday about Rudy Giuliani getting kicked off the Iraq Study Group because he couldn't find the time in his busy schedule to attend their meetings? You could be excused if you don't, since apparently no one in our press corps considered either the news itself or Giuliani's laughable explanation for his absences to be worth commenting on.

A quick Nexis search shows that among the mainstream media, the New York Times wrote a short piece, and the Kansas City Star and Chicago Tribune carried brief blurbs. That's it. On TV, Olberman discussed it, but no one else.

But I'm not even going to stop there! No sir, not Matt Sandwich! I'm the type of guy who isn't content with a blog post unless it inflicts total pain on the reader (but please keep in mind that it hurts me as much as it does you).

David Brock of Media Matters on the general picture of campaign coverage in the MSM:

"We're going to have a big challenge in the next 18 months. I'm sure you've already noticed that the media has decided that the next president looks like Mitt Romney, sounds like Fred Thompson, is a strong leader like Rudy Giuliani and is fiercely independent like John McCain. On the progressive side, I guess, we've got a bunch of inexperienced, inauthentic, lightweight, shrill, cold, calculating hypocrites. So we've made a commitment that we are not going to go through another election cycle accepting those caricatures, and today you make that commitment with us," Brock said, citing some of the ways the media have characterized leading Republican and Democratic presidential hopefuls.

Republican candidates are generally referred to in tones ranging from respectful ("looks presidential") to reverential ("heroic") to outright fawning ("has shoulders you could land a 737 on"). Meanwhile, Democratic candidates are routinely described in mocking personal terms that diminish their seriousness as presidential candidates.

If you're really a masochist, read the whole thing.