Why I Get the Bulk of My Political News From Comedy Central

Nah, not really, but consider:

According to the most recent numbers I can find, 6.9 million U.S. children had no health insurance in 2006. That’s 10% of American kids, by the way. Ten percent in this, the richest country in the world. Even worse, 2% of U.S. children, or 1.8 million kids, could not receive medical attention when they needed it because their parents didn’t have enough money.

Universal health care has its opponents. I get that. We’ll never get to the point that everyone agrees on the best method for fixing American health care or the economy or national security or the environment or any other issue. Solving the problems, getting those kids insured, is the point. So is electing the best candidates who can.

And yet.

Despite the fact that we’ve got a Republican VP candidate who carries a reputation for firing and/or attacking anyone who opposes her and pursuing questionable hiring practices based on favoritism rather than experience. Who answered Charles Gibson’s question about her national security credentials with a claim about Alaska’s energy production that not only didn’t answer the question but was also flat-out wrong. Who–well, I won’t even get into the whole Bridge to Nowhere mess, or I’ll never end this post.

Despite all this, the mainstream media brushed off concerns that arose from that same Gibson interview when Sarah Palin guessed that the Bush Doctrine is a synonym for President Bush’s “worldview” rather than an actual piece of foreign policy:

Think Progress, where I found the clip, says this:

Even though Palin was unaware of the foundation of President Bush’s national security strategy, some in the media have come to her defense, arguing that ordinary Americans don’t know about it either. In short, the vice president of the United States shouldn’t be any more intelligent than “most” Americans.


Scary, right? I’m a fairly smart, informed individual and I had no idea what the Bush Doctrine was, either, but I sure don’t feel qualified enough to be VP. I would hope that our president and vice president are both smarter than me–worlds smarter–and better equipped to handle the job of running the damn country.

Who’s asking the tough questions and exploring the thorny issues over the Palin pick? Consider this Daily Show clip from a couple weeks ago:

Or this one of the View, as the ladies grilled John McCain about, among other subjects, Governor Palin’s reformer status and position on earmarks.

In the words of Amy Poehler’s Hillary Clinton on SNL this weekend, “I invite the media to grow a pair, and if you can’t, I will lend you mine.”

4 responses to “Why I Get the Bulk of My Political News From Comedy Central”

  1. Asthmagirl says:

    If only this was comedy. But these are the people we’re considering as our leaders/problem solvers.

    Nice post AM!

  2. Allie says:

    Wow, that Daily Show clip is just brilliant!

  3. freadom says:

    Actually, Charles Gibson’s definition of the Bush Doctrine was also wrong, which makes the interview even more interesting. That SNL skit was awesome. I always loved that show, I wish I had time to watch it more often.

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