Also, I should note that when it comes to dumbing things down in politics, I've been guilty myself. And that we are trying to give the consumers what they want. That is how we make money.
Finally, this retrofitting idea Clinton spoke of yesterday, is an interesting idea to kill two birds with one stone, as they say:
Clinton also repeatedly referenced a plan to spur job growth while simultaneously increasing energy efficiency and green-energy technology use in America. The plan includes $50 billion for a federal energy fund to speed up research and implementation of solar energy, bio-energy and other environmentally friendly programs. He said energy-cost savings eventually could pay for the program. Retrofitting public buildings with green technology would create many jobs - particularly for builders hurt by the housing slump - that can't be outsourced to another country, Clinton said.
UPDATE 2: I meant to add this earlier. On The Daily Show last night, a guy named John Meeks from NewsWeek (I'm not looking up how to spell his name) was discussing this issue. He said that, if the media has a bias, it's not an ideological one. It's a bias toward conflict. He put that much better than I did. I'm still not looking up how he spells his name.
I covered former Pres. Bill Clinton's visit to Macon this afternoon. Honestly, it was a snoozer, and I was surprised. I thought Pres. Clinton was supposed to be some kind of riveting speaker. Maybe that's just when he's talking about himself.
Anyway, some of the national press came down to Macon to cover the visit. The feeling was that Clinton might respond to Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin's remarks from earlier Monday, which seemed to get overblown as a "shot" at Clinton, in response to his earlier "shot" at Sen. Barack Obama.
But Clinton didn't address it. In fact he gave a long campaign speech, focusing on America's problems and what his wife would do about them if elected president. Then he took questions from the crowd for an hour. In short, he did what we always say people should do: He stuck to the issues instead of engaging in political gamesmanship. And I'll guarantee you the event will get far less coverage as a result.
Granted, nothing Clinton said was new, which means it wasn't really newsy, either. Still, it's a shame to see the press in general more interested in a clever retort than a discussion of issues.
If Clinton had ripped Obama today, what would the headline be? Newsflash: Guy doesn't like other guy who's trying to beat his wife at something.
Not exactly news, either.