Monday, June 28, 2010

Shout-down politics

This weekend's inane interview of AFL-CIO economist and pundit Ron Blackwell by Fox News' Neil Cavuto was remarkable only for the crude language that managed to sneak onto the air during the host's bullying diatribe. I don't watch the show and this reinforces that decision. My reason? If I want to see party hackery in action I can just look up talking points on the Internet.

Will we ever return to an era where real, earnest debate is again an acceptable format? Does logic and a well-reasoned argument that stands its own ground without the support of statistical doublespeak have any place in our society today? Somehow it seems that the Jerry Springer audience now is THE audience catered to by all.

What a shame.

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