President Obama went on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night – the first time a sitting president has ever appeared on the show.
So naturally, the rest of the “media” is completely up in arms today.
From talk radio to the cable channels, the talking heads are all bitter and jealous that the president took his time to visit with a “comedian” rather than spend the time with “serious journalists”.
This is preposterous
Does Jon Stewart make dick jokes? Yes.
But night in and night out, Jon Stewart can be found speaking the truth in a funny, poignant, and generally informative way.
Thankfully, the Hawaiian islands were spared from potential disaster when the tsunami waves caused by the Chilean earthquake came and went without much consequence.
Unfortunately, for those watching the news, none were spared from CNN’s coverage, led by the continuously creepy buffoon, Rick Sanchez. Between his Glenn Beck-like mania, yelling at his invited experts, and pretending to be a Latin superhero by translating the Chilean news coverage, it was a pretty embarrassing display.
What was worse was the fact that CNN was doing wall-to-wall lead-up coverage on the potential disaster in the offing. Bill Maher accurately calls this sort of news coverage “disaster porn”. It’s everything that comes after the actual news has been made quite clear and we’re left with a series of images, first hand accounts, senseless interviews, etc… that basically just allow viewers to wallow in the devastation. It’s exploitation that has more characteristics resembling reality television than hard news.
CNN spent hours today gearing it’s audience up for a real life version of Deep Impact. They were ready with cameras set up watching the shores. They had reporters everywhere. They had evacuation sirens ringing. The only way you could experience a more palpable imminent danger would be to be stuck in a secluded area with a drunk Rick Sanchez.
We can only imagine the ratings spike if a wave had actually done some damage.
Oh, the Tweets Rick would have gotten to read. He would have been in some psychopathic heaven while a mass of robotic American disaster porn junkies got their jollies. Sick.