Like a waiter with his thumb in your soup….

The talking head model of news broadcasting and newspaper editorializing / reporting leaves a lot to be desired. Secondhand news that is pre-digested by someone who "knows what you should hear" is no substitute for first-hand exposure to the source.

I watched the Democratic National Convention on CNN while Nancy Pelosi was speaking. Did CNN give coverage of Nancy’s speech? Not when I was watching. The talking heads were busy interviewing Governor Tim Kaine, who could have been given airtime at another time.

Nancy Pelosi may have had something vitally important to say and I only got to hear a meaningless talking head interview. I may or may not agree with her, but I can decide for myself if I hear what she has to say.

I watched another talking head interview the Olympic Volleyball champions after their victory and all the interviewer could ask about was how one of the girls had disposed of her mother’s ashes. It was so satisfying to see one of the girls take the microphone from the interviewer’s hand and use it to give a heartfelt thanks to President Bush for his support.

After watching Sarah Palin last night on C-Span, I realized that we need fewer talking heads sticking their faces in front of important news. I was fascinated with the uninterrupted coverage of the speakers who preceded her on stage.

Good. bad, indifferent or smashing, we got to hear it all on C-Span. No Blitzer, Geraldo, or Cooper adulteration or spin. Just a straight feed from the Republican National Convention to our living room.

We could see and hear what was said and could make up our own minds as to what it all meant.

I will be watching the rest of the campaign on C-Span and on the Internet.
I like news without the added ingredients and opinions hidden as news.

What a candidate says and how they say it conveys more to me than hours of post speech "analysis" by journalists who each have an axe to grind and airtime to sell.

(The preceeding is my personal opinion and is based on my personal observations. Your experience and mileage may vary.)

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0 Responses to Like a waiter with his thumb in your soup….

  1. Nicole says:

    I agree. We as a society need to make up our own minds instead of allowing the liberal media to choose and decide for us. We need a leader with integrity that will not back down because the press doesn’t want them as their candidate. For too long we have stood by why the media and lobbiest make our decisions for us. We need to remember what made this country great in the first place and that is our ability to choose and decide what is best for us. This nation was built by the people for the people do we forget. It upsets me that the average person cares more about what’s going on in Britney Spears house then what is going on in our house of representatives. Now is the time for us to take our country back. Now is the time for us to think for ourselves and make choices to build once again this great nation.

  2. Amy says:

    Hear, hear. I watched a few channels then settled on the blessedly spin-free C-Span last night too. Love your post title, David.

  3. The thumb is placed in your soup to add flavor. These are, after all, seasoned professionals.

    What I would like to see is one of those party hacks just for once answer a straight question with a straight answer. Then, perhaps, the talking heads would do more listening and less talking.

  4. colleen says:

    I’m a four channel girl and watched both in their entirety on PBS.

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