December 26, 2010

Quote of the Day

Radley Balko on the farce that is cable news:

As a TV pundit your objective isnít to educate, or inform, or even to make an educated argument in favor of your position. Your job is to reinforce what the people watching on your side already believe. People donít watch cable news to be challenged or to learn. They watch it to get the latest talking points that they can use in their next political argument at the bar, over the water cooler, or at the dinner table. Producers know this. The cable news punditís comparative advantage, then, isnít specialized knowledge. Itís the ability to distill any issue in the news into a pithy argument about why red is better than blue, or left is better than right, or how this is just further proof that the ACLU/NRA wants to eat your baby.

Posted by Stephen Silver at December 26, 2010 06:25 PM
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