Monday, November 06, 2006

Scoop!--It's All About The Stories, Silly

[Posted by reader_iam]

Sheesh--and to think that people accuse Cal of being jaded and cynical about the media. (I'd have included myself with Cal, except that most recently I've been described as "too trusting" of journalists, so until I can get my mind wrapped around that one, I'm leaving myself out of it.)

Howard Kurtz examines the sole soul of journalism.

And, in truth, many journalists are probably rooting for a Democratic House.

But not for the reason you might think.

After six years of almost uninterrupted GOP control of Washington, divided government would produce what reporters like best: conflict. A spate of investigations and subpoenas of the Bush White House, led by such new committee chairmen as John Dingell, Henry Waxman, Barney Frank and Charlie Rangel, would liven things up for the capital's chroniclers. Even the mundane prospect of the Democrats being able to bring their preferred legislation to the floor -- though most bills might never make it past the president's veto pen -- would give journalists a new script. Divided government may or may not be good for the country, but it's great for the Fourth Estate.

In retrospect, the GOP takeover of Congress in 1994 was a godsend for journalism. The rise of Newt Gingrich, the government shutdowns, the Whitewater investigations, the Monica investigations, the overwhelmingly party-line vote to impeach Bill Clinton, all fueled thousands of stories about scandal and showdowns that boosted ratings and book sales.

And the (drum)beat goes on: La de da de de, la de da de da


Oh, what the hell. 'Tis the weird season, after all:

This one's dedicated to YOU, Cal--specifically because the host on the show from which this clip comes was "the robotic '60s easy listening singer with the eyes of a James Bond villain." Dig his smooth stage presence, man!