Horse Races and Verbal Oatmeal

by matttbastard 

Matt Taibbi continues his superlative coverage-of-2008-presidential-election-coverage with this Rolling Stone essay that examines slavering Beltway horserace journalism and the unquestioning digestion of “maddeningly nonspecific, platitude-filled verbal oatmeal that every candidate has spent the last year slinging in all directions”.

As Eric Alterman put it this past Friday:

Seriously, let’s cut the crap. Cover the candidates’ stands on the issues, please, so voters can make sensible decisions. This obsession with the horserace is only making everyone doing it look like a horse’s ass. Literally.

Related: In keeping with the meta theme, Blake Hounshell runs down the Ten Commandments of Punditry (my personal favourite: 9. Thou shalt not commit the sin of Common Sense); veteran UK political correspondent Godfrey Hodgson tries to fill the omnipresent talking head hot air re: the US electorate’s desire for “change” with something resembling substance in this thoughtful openDemocracy piece.

01.16: edited slightly for clarity/to add Alterman quote

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Unfortunate Headline Alert

by matttbastard

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Apparently the replay on CNN tonight is totally worth watching. And yes, I’m twelve years old. More *ahem* substantive (read: less juvenile) Democratic debate analysis from Josh Marshall, Greg Sargent, vastleft @ Corrente, Steve Benen and Maha.

Via Memeorandum.

Update: Oh yeah, there was a GOP debate last night as well. This is by far my favourite recounting of what went down (h/t Prole via IM).

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