Monday, October 27, 2008

Tuesday Musings

Sorry, I had to bag on the Junk Bond Times at least once before next week's election. Let's muse.

The only McCain-Palin sign in North Minneapolis remains intact. Will Democracy survive Halloween?

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The new Keane album sounds terrible. I'm tired of ironic 80's rock. Can't we move on to ironic 90's rock like Kings of Leon?

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Sen. Ted Stevens has been found guilty of all charges. And yet he has vowed to continue running. This is one Republican I'll be opposing (and have been) this time around.

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Sojo, the quasi-Marxist quasi-religious advocacy group, has a piece defending Obama's position on spreading the wealth. Of course, the Obama campaign is backing off the candidate's remarks, as the candidate's campaign is wont to do. In fact, Joe Biden said that the only person who wants to spread wealth is McCain. And yet, his viewpoint is celebrated by his followers.

You think maybe he meant to say what he said? Naw, couldn't be. He was only, what, 47 years old at the time?

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Anyone who has been following the press coverage of this election knows that the press is transparently campaigning for Hopeface to become president. Now, in my experience, journalists affect a very cool demeanor. Their biases are manifest, but subtle. They tend not to get worked up over this or that issue. But this cycle has been different. The AP has run 3-4 hit pieces per week on Sarah Palin. That's bananas. Why the huffing and puffing?

My pet theory, and other pundits are catching up to this, is that the last hope for Paleojournalism (i.e. the print and broadcast news media that is faced with a dwindling audience) is the Fairness Doctrine. This legislative chestnut, once put to bed in the 1980s, has been a hobbyhorse for the political left since the advent of talk radio. Basically, it is a legislative dictum that gives government that power to control the political content of the airwaves.

While Americans probably won't abide by a reintroduction of the Doctrine itself, it would seem that a bailout might be in order. A Democratic House and Senate would easily pass a multi-billion dollar relief package designed to repair America's journalistic infrastructure. I'll let you guess who would get the money.

I wouldn't got so far as to say that under-the-table agreements have been made, but journalists aren't stupid. The Times knows that a Democratic Congress won't let such an important propoganda device sail into bankruptcy. Fair and balanced indeed.

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Incidentally, the above should scare the living crap out of you. In case you were wondering.

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Folding up shop on the garden this year. Got some beans frozen. Mighty fine crop this year, dammit.

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