Lou Dobbs CNN Crew: The Magpies of Media

The journo-tainment industry may not be factually relevant or inspire an intellectual curiosity … but it sure does sell soap powder and create a compulsion to stay tuned.  After all, when Lou Dobbs says he will be right back to smirk about how pathetic Congress is … right after the toilet bowl cleaner commercial … one may very well be compelled to not miss a single  of his latest diatribe.  It is this scat singing /  “s” talking that has so attracted droves of viewers to become a part of the ‘not-a-clue’ forum. And no one needs a clue – because this isn’t an exchange of informatoin – it is battleground of emotion.

With the precision of a military drill team, people without a working knowledge of our government or history begin to talk, argue and even publish their criticisms on the subject.  You can always spot the chronically uninformed.  They are precisely what you need if you are casting extras for a riot scene in a film.  They are noisy, ostensibly without direction and even though they are talking or shouting, it is impossible to discern what it is they are saying … however … they’re common bond is fear.

Lou Dobbs, the Eddie Haskell of journo-tainment,  has the easiest job in broadcast history.  It is difficult to perceive that he does any personal research.  His journalism requires sniping from a high altitude and then surrounding himself with people that are very glad for the evenings’ wages.  They don’t actually disagree with him as he criticizes anything and everything.  Dobbs and company rarely recommend any risky alternative.  In fact, even their criticisms don’t seem to be able to endure a  junior high school debate team’s scrutiny.

He smirks and hrrmmphs at world calamities as though he were in the cafeteria with cohorts ridiculing one of the less stylin’ teachers.  Flanked by terminally partisan hacks that have managed to get paying gigs as “S” talking chorus members – there are no actual facts.  Instead, Dobbs and his compatriots all over the dial, frame their opinion as though it were in actuality, representative of facts – but these are fact-free diets of mostly fiction with nary a scintilla of fiber.

Yesterday, while at the gym working out, I tuned my headset to the CNN broadcast with Lou Dobbs.  It was just what I needed to do another set even though my arms were fatigued.  The roundish honest faced broadcaster repeated the words “largest transfer of wealth” three times without ever considering the fact that if tax payer money was moving towards job creation the operative term would be “transferring back.”  On the same broadcast, comments about John McCain’s objections about long-term investment in Broad-band infrastructure was unacceptable without recollecting that only a matter of months ago, John McCain promoted the idea as second only to Green initiatives in its job creating  potential in order to help the economy.  Singing back up was Ed Rollins, a political consultant with no political consulting gigs, yet he gets to peddle is head-shaking admonishments as they are needed.  His role is color commentary and additional head shaking while agreeing with Lou Dobbs disagreement.  The ball is often passed with the instructive – “right?”

At least the Magpies didn’t have tele-prompters.  They also didn’t pose as anything but trouble makers.  They didn’t prance around with turkey feathers to wet our appetites, but they would close the glass door on the poor sap while distracting him.  They constantly gave commentary – but never called themselves commentators.  Is one a commentator when sitting in the bleachers screaming “throw da’ bum out !!! ??

The list of these Journo-tainers is without end as are the stories they broadcast.  It is a serialization of the news designed to sell products and advertising by dramatically creating a series of vignettes that give the viewer a sense that they are actually engaged in reasoned discourse, while in actuality it is a dramatic rendering of the days events with incredible license.


Obama Connects the Dots : Clinton Draws Distinctiions

Party platform, notwithstanding, there is a lot of difference between the approaches of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. So much so, that this may very well be the most important popularity contest of all time. The breakdown of voters displayed by CNN is most revealing (for popularity purposes that is) even if the broadcasters are rightfully struggling to explain them. CNN has done the most to put the information in a simple and useful form. See the <CNN Election Center – Wisconsin Results > Likewise, John King, CNN Political Analyst did a nice job in explaining the trend lines and what they mean. He compared it to an investment in a 401K and it was actually a very simple an effective explanation. No doubt, in a society of diverse opinion, access and potential influence, someone will decry “foul.” Nonetheless, The Almost Daily Binx applauds CNN for delivering useful information in an effective manner – despite the fact that they domicile Larry King.

That brings us to the central point. It seems as though Barack is energized beyond the confines of the typical candidacy, is connecting with most young people and according to much of the information – white males in comparison to Hillary. Hillary commands leads, although narrow, over women in general but the definitely the 60+ group.

That being said, Obama is generating excitement and for the most part – Hillary is generating a lot of mixed activity. Now this isn’t a landslide but if Obama continues to trend in this manner, there won’t be any need for the convention other than unifying the party.

Wait! Unifying the party ?? No easy task.

The Democratic Leadership Committee is dysfunctional – The Democratic National Committee is all about seniority and a ledger of favors – general party politics accounting that is – Hillary Clinton for President is all about DLC/DNC and Obama for President is comparatively brand new. We’ve seen what the ‘party’ will do to those that don’t fall in line. I’ll bore you to tears with stories of them leaving Kucinich to face well funded opposition in Ohio … and what they did to Paul Hackett when he didn’t yield to the DLC and ran in Ohio. He lost to Jean Schmidt by 3.5%. He got no help from the national Democratic Leaders such as Schumer and the DLC crowd that support Hillary. With even a modicum of help – Hackett would have had a great victory -but – they didn’t like his anti-war comments and he didn’t seem like the kind of card carrying party guy the leadership was counting on … so … what to do ??? Nothing else to but – get the Republican elected. They’ve done it more than once. They even managed to assist the Republicans in getting Lieberman re-elected in Connecticut after he didn’t get the nomination by not kicking in to the race because it’s wasn’t important enough. Every wonder how Russ Feingold feels about that ??

Well, The Almost Daily Binx has great hopes for the next Presidential election if the Democrats don’t implode and rig the nomination for Hillary and cause a breaking of the party – don’t count on it – but don’t rule it out. If she were an apparent front runner – that would be something else. But, with the former President as her bull-dog and the coffers and support of the DLC at her aid – Harold Ford, Jr. falling over himself because of his aspirations in a Clinton White House – and the fact that Obama’s message is unifying in contrast with Hillary’s polarizing tendency – not to mention that Clinton represents the AARP version of politics and not the energized set – its starting to become clear that Obama’s plan to simply ignore the fact that Hillary is running is a useful tactic. It certainly has the Republicans energized because they want to run against Hillary. Simply stated, its their only chance to potentially win. Our opinion is that Hillary is beatable by a Republican – Barack is not. Then again – we’re only virtual.