Media on media

I’m set to be on Howie Kurtz’ Reliable Sources at 10a EDT today to talk about the waste and hubris of sending 15,000 journalists to the political conventions and how we over-report politics and under-report government.

  • “We” over report Britney and under report the arts. “We” over report the business of sports and under report the athletic accomplishments. “We” over report the car crashes and under report the public meetings where citizens get to speak up. “We” over report the staged press conferences and under report the actual legislation.

    Should I go on…

  • John Robinson

    Thought it went well. I might have been more direct with Howard about how the reader/viewer/public is served by having 15,000 journalists there instead of 14,900 at home working on journalism that serves the public more directly.

    When he talked about covering the local delegation, it showed how out of touch he is with we guys out here in the sticks. The local delegation at the convention doesn’t have anything to do with people outside the beltway. The resources papers and stations spend covering the local delegation and/or the convention is virtually wasted. And there aren’t enough to waste.

    So you were dead-on into talking about working on stuff that matter to people’s lives.

  • Bravos, Jeff. You done good this morning. My sense is you took home the gold on this morning’s Reliable. Give me C-SPAN, a laptop and connectivity and I’ll do as good as any person on the ground in Denver or St Paul. The humanity!

  • I was a delegate to the Minnesota Republican Convention. The entire thing was a sham. Political conventions are no longer places to make decisions and discuss party business (that is what should be reported). They have become media shows which are carefully orchestrated by the party elites for mass consumption. They aren’t news, they are infomercials.

  • Claire

    Its the same in the UK. However local media covering local politics is even worse. Could it be why local papers here – print and online are declining?