Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Death of America

I've heard a lot today about Obama's "inability to get anything done". I can't keep up with the conflicting narrative. Is he doing and changing too much or not doing anything at all? It can't be both ways.

I'm starting to become convinced that the 24/7 news cycle and it's constant appetite for a story and hysteria is going to be the death of America. That might sound hyperbolic or exaggerated but I'm not sure that the average person just tuning in to catch the headlines takes the time to consider the media as a business entity and what their motives are. This is a dangerous situation.

Remember a few months ago when the complaint was that the media could only praise and worship Obama? Well, there might have been some truth to that but not because of the "liberal media" bullshit. It's because that was the story people wanted to hear at the time. Likewise, the emerging story now seems to be that this young administration is stumbling. On everything. This narrative coincidentally only emerged after the Tea-Party express and the runaway success of Glenn Beck.

It's like that line in the "Spider-Man" movie where his enemy, the Green Goblin, says "The only thing people love more than a hero is to see a hero fail". (Yes, I just quoted Spider-Man for political purposes).

Just remember you are getting your news from businessmen.