Comment: Un-American Activities
But political journalism—unlike war reporting—long ago stopped being about what is true or important. Sometime in the nineteen-eighties, reporters began covering politics like sports and entertainment. How many times and ways can you say that the Republican Party has descended into unreality and extremism before you lose your viewers and readers? On the other hand, there’s an endless appetite for stories about Santorum’s effort to reach out beyond his evangelical base, or Gingrich playing the expectations game in Iowa. This stuff is political candy.
In today’s Daily Comment, George Packer writes about Republican politics, Iowa, and political journalism: http://nyr.kr/rX6XjU
This. A Thousand Times. Why won’t anyone just say that the Emperor has no clothes?