Thursday, June 25, 2009

Blue sympathy

I might be a libbity-lib, and he might be a rightity-right, but this sort of voyeuristic "journalism" just makes me cringe. What the hell is the point? And no, I didn't read it all, just enough for the cringing to start. Then I was moved to post this entry.

13 comments:

Big Mark 243 said...

I think we are on the same plane at least, in this kind of media story. Because we are either an insecure nation, or people being MADE to feel insecure, we love the misery of other. It makes us feel better about our dysfunction, if someone else is dysfuntional too.

But it is to no avail. Instead of maintaining standards, the media serves to lower them. Make us feel good, because even the people who told us they were 'this' are more like 'us'.

And we feel better, esp. when it is someone who is claims to hold themselves above said standard. The irony is, the standard is a separate entity from someone's actions. What he did is still wrong, but it is getting lost in the blindingly bright yellow of what he did as far as the affair goes.

Makes you weep, because the masses are being led to believe what people want them to believe and be interested in, as opposed to what is needed to be known.

deangc said...

I am with you, O'Brien. I don't care what the guys political affiliations are, he's made a hell of a mess for himself and a bunch of other people. The feeding frenzy on this makes me feel a bit ill.

The whole thing is nothing but a tragedy, for all involved.

Erin O'Brien said...

What the guy did was really stupid and I guess there's plenty of opinions to be had about that. But do they have to publish the personal emails? The goddamn personal emails?

I never read the whole detailing of the Lewinsky/cigar affair either. In fact, I avoided it as best I could until someone at a party brought it up and I said, "Didn't read it." Then he had to fill in all the details for me. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh.

Both sides of the aisle sure seem to love adding cruel and unnecessary pain to public humiliation.

LimesNow said...

Puts another whole spin on "freedom of information", doesn't it? And remember, it's served up to us as "news". the news was a governor went missing for days. The news was his keepers lied about his whereabouts. The words the two erstwhile lovers exchanged are not news.

Zen Wizard said...

First Alexander Hamilton, now THIS!

It is really tough to be a Federalist nowadays. Or--'ow you say?--"Republican."

*Sigh.*

Footnote: This dude sure can write. If he has some time off, I would like him to ghostwrite some letters to a chick for me...

Tony said...

After I quick scan I decided that it was none of business. What is my business is that we have too many government leaders with clay feet spouting a values agenda.

Marc Mannheimer said...

I could be swift and say -- yeah, agree, I couldn't even get past the headline. but the truth is I just don't care about this guy nor (confessional) know who he is. I figger everybody's got good and everybody's got hypocrisy and how much of each or are you emptying out the hypoc bin and adding to the good is the question and is your (each person's) concern alone.

Erin O'Brien said...

LimesNow, I agree with you completely.

LimesNow said...

Well, it's nice to be among like-minded people. The latest little sneak peek at the developing news says another Republican is calling for his resignation and the legal implications of his MIA moment are being investigated. OK, that's news. Wish I were nearer Cleveland ~ we'd get coffee and stir up some radicals.

philbilly said...

I skimmed as far as the air-conditioned tractor whinefest and started daydreaming about my previous life on a farm, where I was schooled by iron men without A/C who honored the land, their word, their women and their vows, and built a country together.

If the rank and file American man/ woman devolves morally/ethically much further, we will owe our salvation to waves of religious ethnic immigrants, yearning to be free... wait, that sounds familiar.

Meagan said...

Not interested in reading them myself, but heard an interesting comment by an NPR reporter. A woman was complaining about the scandal and the reporter said: "Have you read the emails? They're kind of romantic." As though the email content makes it more ok instead of less.

(S)wine said...

i'm witchyous on this signora.
i don't give a shit what people write to one another or what they do in their bedrooms; pretty much it ain't anything i haven't done in my 40 yrs (nearly) and it ain't anything different that hasn't been done in the past by others.
next.

Libby Spencer said...

We are truly soul sisters Erin O'Brien. I read halfway through the first one and clicked out. I'm proud to say I did not read anything about Clinton and Monica after the first day.