You must be kidding…
“Do you know why Chelsea Clinton is so ugly?…
…because Janet Reno is her father”.
Suppose I told you that the joke was told in public to a handful of Republican funders by John McCain.
10 years ago, in Arizona.
The Washington Post reported the story in June 1998, but on the grounds that the joke was “too vile to repeat” only alluded to the specifics.
Perhaps had the Post the courage to publish the specifics, we might not now be facing the prospect of a McCain/Palin ticket.
American mainstream journalism, and American television in particular are increasingly spineless.
This morning, on Today, I heard anchor Hoda Kotb listen to a guest say with a straight face that Sarah Palin was the most qualified candidate to be Vice President of the United States.
The Today Show is a major money-maker, and every viewer counts. As a result, (I would guess) they take great pains not to alienate anyone. Anyone. As a result, they are loathe to ask any hard questions, or raise any ‘unpleasant’ or ‘offensive’ comments.
Blogs, on the other hand, have no such constraints, which is what makes them so increasingly attractive.
Grizzly Bay, an Alaskan blog has more information on Sarah Palin in one page than a week’s worth of Today Show coverage.
I find myself going to Huffingtonpost.com on a daily basis now to read the most interesting and informative stuff about Palin. There is a reason that Huffington has skyrocketed to a valuation of $200 million while mainstream newspapers are going down the drain. Part of it has to do with the technology, but part of it is also the content. More and more major stories are posted on blogs first and appear in the mainstream media later. But why wait for the mainstream media at all.
At our Vermont wedding I sat next to an executive from The New York Times Company. He bemoaned the fate of The Times, it’s spiral downward toward insolvency. The answer may be in part technology, but it is also in part capturing the cutting edge of news, without fear.
Oatmeal may offend no one, but it is not my favorite thing to eat.