Saturday, September 3

['That is all the perspective you need']

I've done my part to FOX-bash in the past, but Shep Smith and the always-dramatic Geraldo are fantastic in their indignation in the clip of Hannity and Colmes linked over at Crooks and Liars. Unfuckingbelievable.

There is a piece over at Slate chronicling the collective re-balling, if you will, of the nation's major news broadcasters, who suddenly have decided to resume their posts as watchdogs for the poor and disenfranchised. That article is full of links to the various reporters' little moments of glory, which I suggest you read if you are, like me, in dire need of reassurance that something is being done and someone is paying attention and fighting for these miserable people.

Please, news gods, please let this momentum build upon the brief but potent power felt by the press during the Karl Rove CIA brouhaha (remember that?) and usher us into an era where the press deserves and earns respect from people instead of just constantly trying to sell them shit and the status quo all the time. And hopefully this will embolden print news to quit sucking at the teat of the TV broadcast precedent and get back to doing what we're supposed to do: Report the fucking news harder and faster and better and more thoroughly and with more perspective than anyone else so that this fat, lazy American populace will be roused out of its constant, content slumber and coaxed into making this country and its leaders better than we thought we deserved.

Please!

UPDATE, 3:10 a.m.: The AP gets it. Thankfully. I hope this story runs in every newspaper in America, and I hope TV and radio broadcasters read it verbatim.

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