The media is mad as hell and they're not going to take it anymore. Who are they mad at? Why, it's you and me: the American people. We have an insatiable appetite for all things Reagan. I mean, really, how dare we. It's not like he was one of the most influential Americans of the 20th century or anything? Says Dan Rather:
"Even though everybody is respectful and wants to pay homage to the president, life does go on," Rather told the Philadelphia Inquirer.
"There is other news, like the reality of Iraq," said the "CBS Evening News" anchor. "It got very short shrift this weekend."
Networks have been going almost wall-to-wall with coverage since Reagan passed away Saturday at the age of 93. The former president was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease nearly 10 years ago.
"Once the herd starts moving in one direction, it's very hard to turn it, even slightly," Rather said. "Nationally, the herd has grown tremendously."
It's ironic, is it not, that Rather credits a "herd mentality" for the Reagan coverage? Now, it's not as if there's any herd mentality at all regarding the media's coverage of Iraq (Abu Ghairab 24/7 anyone?).
What is going on is that media doesn't like Reagan and doesn't want to talk about him, so they'll blame the public and just say they're giving us what we are demanding, but that we shouldn't really want it. They are pandering to us. When they overcover something they want to (for example, every bad thing that happens in Iraq), it's because it's the news, dammit, and we need to hear about it for our own good.
It's amazing how delusional the media is. It makes me ashamed to hold a journalism degree.
Posted by at June 9, 2004 09:33 AM
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|# March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM Converted_Comment|
Typical Dan Ratherbiased; "Oh, boo-hoo-hoo, we didn't have time to show those photos from Abu Ghraib for the 10,000th time."
Did they complain about the excessive coverage of John Kennedy Jr's death? They spent 8 hours showing us nothing but the water off Cape Cod.