Thursday, September 6, 2012

"I Gotta Feeling" we're watching infotainment.

On a day in which the National Debt surpassed $16 trillion, CNN’s Democratic National Convention’s opening day coverage was more focused on hyping Michelle Obama’s speech than asking the hard questions.

Although I can’t too much blame CNN for its lackluster reporting when those speaking (and I’m looking at you Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel) are willing to admit in live interviews that they’ve “never read [their] party’s platform.”

In a race defined by hard-hitting economic issues, there seems to be little focus on tough stories and more of a fixation on whether or not he got misty-eyed during Michelle’s speech.

CNN’s broadcasting coverage of the DNC focused mainly on the speeches in the raw, and without much commentary during or after, which is commendable. But, after Michelle Obama left the stage to raucous applause there was a truly questionable moment in which of the Black Eyed Peas had a bafflingly long interview bookended by Wolf Blitzer’s painful references to “tonight’s going to be a good, good night” from BEP’s “I Gotta Feeling.” 

In other news: The sky is blue.
Call me melodramatic, but I have some real issues with calling up sub-par pop stars to comment when Gitmo still has prisoners, the NDAA exists and drone strikes are a common occurrence in modern American warfare.

In general, CNN’s political blog has more fluff than Bo the White House dog. If your kind of hard-hitting questions are “Is Paul Ryan lying about his marathon time,” and astonishing headlines like “Dems back platform differing from GOP,”  (See left) then maybe CNN is working for the right demographic. For me, though, I’d prefer that my political news rests far, far away from a front page that also features “Honey Boo Boo: The New Queen of TV.”

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