Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Fair, balanced, and soft

Just this past weekend, FOXNews had an interview between Chris Wallace and Sec'y of State Condeleeza Rice. And, in traditional fashion, the network decided to end the interview with some very hard-hitting questions. Well, not questions, so much as asking Sec'y Rice to play "Name That Tune", apparently using her own iPod to draw the source material from. To make matters worse, she was then grilled about who the members of Cream were.

Now, don't get me wrong. It's nice to see our talking heads out there reduced to the status of mere mortals. But there is a time and a place for that. While it certainly appears that the place for the current administration is in the FOXNews hotseat, the time is definitely not in the middle of some serious scandals, an unpopular war, and trying to find that one little country out in the world that won't instinctively pack up their house and move without giving us a forwarding address. Journalists are supposed to get answers to serious questions in serious time, not play a round of verbal patty-cake with them. And yet this is exactly what FOXNews and Chris Wallace did.

What's next? Are we going to see VeeP Cheney asked about his favorite films? Will Rick Santorum discuss which magazines he reads? How about getting Karl Rove to discuss the fall television line-up? While we're at it, we can get GDub to describe his favorite cartoons.

Whoa. That last one might be a little too hard hitting. Maybe GDub should just describe his favorite coloring book. If that's still too much, he can always just break it down to which crayon he thinks is the prettiest.

While we're at it, let's get entertainers to talk about foreign policy, and legislative issues. The trend is already going that direction... let's just tilt it completely over the edge. Who doesn't want to see a Campbell/Raimi '08 bumpersticker?

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