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  • Comedy as political media

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    Naomi Foner at Huffington Post offers up some advice to SNL:

    In a time of great political turmoil it seems almost essential that these creative, funny people step up to their responsibility to make people think. They can still be funny. Jon Stewart is funny. Stephen Colbert is funny. That Was The Week That Was was funny. But also relevant. Choose your style. Entertain. SIng. Dance. But stir the pot.

    Note that SNL writers said they included Hillary Clinton in last week's Sarah Palin skit because they were more comfortable making fun of both political parties. Cutting edge, eh?

  • Focus

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    Brian Beutler argues that, despite the focus by some media on how the present dire economic situation will "affect the electoral prospects of the presidential candidates," actual voters probably want more useful information:

    From where I sit, though, we're witnessing a series of events that might lead to a fundamental restructuring of the financial sector--risk tolerance, jurisdictions of federal agencies, closing loopholes in existing regulations, etc--and voters might also want to know how these guys have voted on related issues, which one was best buds with Charles Keating, and so on.

  • Drudge hates Democrats. This is news?

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC BOEHLERT

    Apparently it is for Chris Cilliazza at washingtonpost.com, who seems genuinely puzzled why the Drudge Report is pushing anti-Obama stories and not posting ones that hurt McCain. What's next, a look at how the sun rises in the east?

    Josh Orton at MyDD has more on Cillizza's woes.

  • Does Bill Keller read the NYT?

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC BOEHLERT

    The only reason we ask is that in a New York Observer article about the quickening news cycles and how the more serious work of newspapers no longer drives the debate, Keller mocks the media attention showered all over the McCain camp's phony "lipstick on a pig" attack last week. The Times' executive editor laments how, "The simple-minded silliness of lipstick-on-a-pig filled at least one cable news cycle."

    The thing is, according to Nexis, the transparent lipstick controversy was mentioned in at least twelve different Times articles or columns during the last week.

    Maybe the Times isn't quite as serious as Keller would like us to believe.

  • Bernie Goldberg plays dumb on Fox News

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    Just said the press turned on McCain because he's no longer bashing conservatives. The far-right press critic dismissed the idea that it's because the press has been turned off by the falsehoods being churned out by the McCain campaign. And Goldberg said the fact that McCain has completely eliminated his interaction with the campaign press has played no role in the tone of the media coverage.

    Best line: Goldberg claimed McCain would be getting much better press if he'd picked "liberal Democrat" Joe Lieberman as his running mate.

  • What am I going to read while I eat my Cheerios?

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC BOEHLERT

    I kid, but this actually scares me to death. The Newark Star-Ledger, the largest newspaper in NJ, and one of the best second-tier dailies in the country, might be shut down in January? I realize there are union negotiations going on and the new note from the publisher might just be an attempt to new huge concessions. But as a loyal reader I can attest that the newspaper is getting thinner by the day.

  • Please leave Al Gore out of this, cont'd

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    Let's add these folks to the list of journalists who, while reporting the McCain/Blackberry story, falsely suggested Al Gore ever claimed to have "invented" the Internet:

    NBC's Mark Murray: "And Al Gore invented the internet!"

    The Wall Street Journal's Elizabeth Holmes: "If Al Gore invented the Internet, then maybe John McCain helped invent the BlackBerry?"

  • Isn't access adorable?

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC BOEHLERT

    Politico reports that scribes covering McCain, upset that they haven't had any access to him in more than 30 days, staged a mini-insurrection on the campaign airplane, with chants of "Bring Mac back!" The McCamp just laughed:

    The chanting lasted under a minute as staffers in the business cabin smiled and then promptly closed the curtain between business and coach.

    Here's an idea, maybe the traveling press should write front-pages news articles and fill up the cable airwaves with stories about how McCain and his running mate remain hermetically sealed from the press and that the candidates refuse to answer the simplest question. Maybe that would produce some results. Or do journalists think the veil of secrecy will magically be lifted on the 45th day?