October 12, 2008

I'm going to start calling them the Deathbed Media

Every time I see another story about the looming collapse of the mainstream media -- ratings and circulation numbers sinking, layoffs pretty much every week, newspapers nationwide turning their backs on the Associated Press -- and then I look at the way most of them are treating the McCain/Palin campaign, it lends credence to the idea that they see this election as their last shot at making a difference. They've just got to get the evil Republicans out of office by any means necessary, and this might the the last time they're in any position to do so.

They've taken barely substantiated (if not outright unsubstantiated) reports about a few yahoos at a few rallies and whipped them up into Kristallnacht '08. All while ignoring pesky little details like, I dunno, firebombings and death threats and such from the other side. Is that really a sign of strength? Of confidence in a big, big win this Nov. 4?

These geniuses used to be a lot better at crafting a narrative, right? There was a time when they might have worried about ruining their own reputations in the process of advancing their political views. They'd at least make an effort to seem impartial. But if their whole industry is swirling down the toilet anyway, why keep pretending?

One last chance for glory before they check out for good.

The Deathbed Media.

P.S. Oceania did not boo Sarah Palin. Oceania has never booed Sarah Palin.

P.P.S. What's the missing word on the t-shirts of these Moby lookalikes? "Cutie"? "Cook"? "Country-music-loving lady"? Whatever it is, I'm sure it's not evidence of Obama supporters spreading hate about their opponents. Because that would definitely make the news.

P.P.P.S. Yes, those t-shirts are real. And it turns out they say a very bad word indeed. Well, it'd be a bad word if it were used against anybody but the most evil person in the history of the world, AKA Sarah Palin. You know, judging by the clammy pallor and emaciated bodies of these children, it's never sunny in Philadelphia.

P.P.P.P.S. Speaking of 1984, looks like these adorable little tots have read the CliffsNotes.

Posted by Jim Treacher at October 12, 2008 03:29 PM