Brain-dead media

The ‘dork media’ category has been gathering dust. Time to pay a visit to this baby.

We often crib about our Desi Dork Media, affectionately called as DDM. However, the American media is not far behind. A good example of which is the recent interview of Bill Clinton by Chris Wallace of the Fox network, that has created waves in the political blogosphere of US.

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Thinkprogress.org was the first to break the news in the blogosphere by leaking the transcript (video) of the taped interview before it was actually aired. To summarize the controversy:

Today, President Bill Clinton taped an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace, which is scheduled to be aired Sunday. He was told the interview would focus on his nonpartisan efforts to raise over $7 billion to combat the world’s biggest problems.

Early in the interview, Wallace attempted to smear Clinton with the same kind of misinformation contained in ABC’s Path to 9/11. Clinton was having none of it. –thinkprogress.org

But wait, that’s not what I’m referring to when I say ‘dork media’. The real meat is in how this episode was followed up by news channels.

As Jon Stewart of the Daily Show points out, the news channels decided to focus on Clinton’s tenor and gestures rather than the facts that he presented in that interview.

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One channel, MSNBC, even went ahead with their dorkiness by focusing on Clinton’s socks. Note, they brought in two ‘analysts’ for their views on his socks. Now this even the DDM can’t beat. Bravo!

[tags]Bill Clinton, Chris Wallace, Fox[/tags]

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