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Cutting To The Core Of What Is Wrong With Politics Today

June 21, 2012

Short and to the point.

Congressmen Gary Ackerman (D-New York) spoke candidly with Bloomberg Businessweek editor Josh Tyrangiel about what being a member of a highly partisan Congress is really like.

BBW: Congressman Ackerman, you’ve been here 30 years. Can you define comity as it existed when you arrived versus how it exists now?

ACKERMAN: Your premise is that comity exists now. It may not be entirely accurate. It used to be you had real friends on the other side of the aisle. It’s not like that anymore. Society has changed. The public is to blame as well. I think the people have gotten dumber. I don’t know that I would’ve said that out loud pre-my announcement that I was going to be leaving. [Laughter] But I think that’s true. I mean everything has changed. The media has changed. We now give broadcast licenses to philosophies instead of people. People get confused and think there is no difference between news and entertainment. People who project themselves as journalists on television don’t know the first thing about journalism. They are just there stirring up a hockey game.

Ackerman is right.

Case in point.

As the turmoil in Egypt was brewing this past week both FAUX News and MSNBC kept to their usual regurgitation of political news during prime time, instead of using their resources to report and educate the public about an international event.  It was more important to each of these political channels to throw red meat out, rather than to inform on the heavy news of the day.

But having said that, let me not confuse my readers into thinking that the public would sit down and watch such reporting with the level of interest that is needed even if it had been available.

It is a real statement about our  ‘all news’ channels in American when we need to turn to the BBC for coverage of international events.  (I do love the BBC, and think it the best for news delivery in the world.)

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