Media Watch: 2008 and Beyond


My co-blogger Jamie warned of this just the other day. Post-Election Depression. After months of YouTube clips, campaign ads, poll-watching and other horse race-related activities, what now? We won. I don’t mean to sound anti-climactic; obviously there’s much work to be done repairing the country, policies to be considered and critiqued, a national dialogue to continue, but……it’s somehow just not the same. Years of righteous struggle to wrest control over the country’s direction has come to fruition. Where does all the adrenaline go? For some, it’s not the kill, but the thrill of the chase.

Sigh……I guess it’s time to clean up the now-obsolete links on my computer. Catch up on the latest post-election coverage on my TiVO before clearing out the memory. Maybe I can take up knitting….

Wait……what’s this? CNN, two days ago? []

Campbell Brown: For those people who have been worried about the possibility of one party controlling Congress and the White House, the last president to do that, of course, was….?

John King: Ah, that was Bill Clinton, and…

Brown: Jimmy Carter! Jimmy Carter had… Bill Clinton had Democrats in the House and in the Senate?

King: Very briefly.

Brown: Very briefly. [Crinkles her nose] Didn’t go so well.

King: No it didn’t.

…………………….(smoke rising from ears)…….Wha?…but it….urrk……

Bush. The answer is George W. Freaking BUSH! What’s wrong with you people? Were the years 2000 to 2006 just a dream? Did you just awake from a coma???

And what in the blue hell is this? []

The treatment President Bush has received from this country is nothing less than a disgrace. The attacks launched against him have been cruel and slanderous, proving to the world what little character and resolve we have. The president is not to blame for all these problems. He never lost faith in America or her people, and has tried his hardest to continue leading our nation during a very difficult time.

Our failure to stand by the one person who continued to stand by us has not gone unnoticed by our enemies. It has shown to the world how disloyal we can be when our president needed loyalty — a shameful display of arrogance and weakness that will haunt this nation long after Mr. Bush has left the White House.

Thank you, Jeffrey Scott Shapiro, whoever you are, you sick little monkey. And thank you Wall Street Journal for publishing this piece of claptrap the day after a historic election that proved to anyone with a functioning cerebral cortex what kind of character and resolve we as a people have. And thank you, Campbell Brown, John King and CNN for reminding me that, despite occasionally resembling people who merit the responsibility of representing the Fourth Estate, you all have the ability to let six whole years of tragic incompetence slip down the memory hole.

I now know my purpose.

Whenever there’s a fight so sane people can be heard over know-nothing pundits, I’ll be there. Whenever there’s a hack journalist beatin’ up on the truth, I’ll be there……I’ll be in the way guys yell when they’re listening to Rush Limbaugh or reading a David Brooks column……an’ I’ll be in the way Americans laugh when a lying sack of politician gets caught due to some persistent reporting an’ they know there’ll be one less useless git in Washington. An’ when our folks elect the candidates that represent them and their interests, no matter their income, I’ll be there.

After all, the price of freedom is constant vigilance, and stupid never sleeps.

– Michael Turner