Sorry…that’s what we all call today. I meant, today is what they call in the news business a “Slow News Day”.
A lack of young white girls being abducted, no new discoveries of the next comfort food that will cause premature impotence and death (not necessarily in that order) and no new quotes from a former Alaskan Governor about opposing health care reform because she just hates humans.
So what does a 24 hour news channel do? What does a news website do? Well, musical comedy is right out. And lord knows Daddy doesn’t need another lanyard for his keys or a knitted wallet…and don’t get me started on macaroni art.
Nope, what the MSM does is run in circles around hypothetical stories which they create themselves.
“Has Obama already sold out the public option?”
“Will Obama’s Financial Reforms Fizzle?”
“Is there racism involved with Obama calling Kanye West a ‘Jackass’?”
And that’s just Huffington Post (if I made the above headlines 40 point font in Screaming Baboon Ass Red and added lots of exclamation points it would have given it away too easily).
The current thumb twiddling game for both liberal and conservative news entities on a slow news day is “Question if Obama will be a failure”. Now, for conservative media, this is a natural, right after “Question gravity because it is just a theory” and “Question if our veiled racism is getting a bit obvious”.
But for “liberal media” to be beating the drum of sowing doubt in Pres. Obama…simply for website clicks or network ratings does expose the charade a bit. News is a purely commercial enterprise now. It used to be accepted as a modest profit generating public service, a duty and a responsibility. It is now an arms race between networks as to who can get the hottest chicks to deliver the news at least slightly better than Sarah Palin would perform at a spelling bee.
And on the web, for some sites (that start with a “Huffington” and end with a “Post”…but I won’t say which one) it’s about generating conflict and heat to get as many people whipped up and blogging as possible. Encouraging Obama haters to spew racism and hatred (which these Republican trolls do to ridiculous extremes just to amuse themselves at the outraged reactions of liberals ) gets more people staying on the site to defend all that is good and right from anonymous 47 year old men living in their mother’s basement wearing their Batman mask and cape with no pants on.
The term I use for this cynical business strategy of encouraging the harassment of the majority of your users just to get more ad revenue is “Clicks and Dicks”.
And it works, it’s so easy to get drawn into wanting to use the power of words to slap the orange Cheetos powder right off the jowly cheeks of those trolls. But really…what’s the point? They’ll just be back stuffing their face with Cheetos and calling Obama a Manchurian Candidate Socialist Dog Groomer later that day.
Instead of politics causing conflicts over issues, politics IS now conflict first, issues second. It’s all about the fight now (as the clueless Town Hall rubes proved howling for government to keep out of Medicare), thanks to the media’s help in shaping it and the public that way. If you’ve never seen the video of Jon Stewart ripping the facade off of the old CNN yellfest, “Crossfire”…and effectively putting a knife through its heart…it was canceled shortly after that…watch:
Hate is a multibillion dollar industry and it never has a recession. Though it does have official holidays…in fact most holidays if your family is anything like mine.
Hate is entertainment.
Hate is news.
And hate can even be sex…if you’re married to a Southern Religious Conservative.
Can’t we just all get along…without ratings and per click rates? Please?
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