wJul 30, 2006


So, I was reading the news, as I tend to do, and came across this article at CNN, regarding an event at George Washington University, at which Karl Rove was speaking. He said that journalists criticize politicians because they "want to draw attention away from their own corrosive role on politics."

"Some argue political professionals are ruining American politics -- trapping candidates in daily competition for the news cycle instead of long-term strategic thinking in the best interest of the country."

Um, yes, that's pretty much exactly what we've got going on.

"It's odd to me that most of these critics are journalists and columnists," he said.

If he is reading these comments in the media....exactly who else would be making these comments?

"There are some in politics who hold that voters are dumb, ill informed and easily misled, that voters can be manipulated by a clever ad or a smart line," said Rove, who is credited with President Bush's victories in the 2000 and 2004 elections. "I've seen this cynicism over the years from political professionals and journalists. American people are not policy wonks, but they have great instincts and try to do the right thing."

Politics are all about shortening a candidate into catch-phrases and images that can be put into soundbytes to make the news so that people will vote for them. It's a problem in the media, yes, this 'digital media' that revolves around getting the story the fastest, not the most accurately. But if media is guilty of assuming that the average person is dumb, ill-informed and easily misled, then politicians are guilty of the exact same thing. For it is through the media that politicians gain and hold on to their power. The point of a campaign is to get money so that a candidate can saturate the media with their advertisements that assume that people are easily manipulated by scary/uplifting music, by patriotic images, and by cheesey political rhetoric.

And Karl Rove, of all people, lays the blame squarely on one side?

Seriously. What an arrogant bastard.
scribbled mystickeeper at 1:54 AM

Wow, what a dick.

This sentence is great. "American people are not policy wonks, but they have great instincts and try to do the right thing". Those two phrases are mutually exclusive. If you're not an idiot when it comes to policy, then you don't HAVE to rely on instinct and "trying" to do what's best. If you're informed, you KNOW what's best! The only reason Bush hasn't fired his ass is because manipulation of the masses is his greatest talent.

Slimy git gives me the jibblies.

By Anonymous carolyn, at 10:10 AM, July 31, 2006  

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