Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sunday Morning Comin' Down

Today at the Gasbag Jamboree, all the usual wind-up toy people juggled all the usual shuck and humbug.

Alex Pareene at Salon surveys the wreckage:
Watching the Sunday shows so you don’t have to 
Today, some centrist pundits and legislators solved the sequester by demanding "balance" and "leadership"
Here’s what I learned this morning on “the Sunday shows,” the three network news panel programs that define the parameters of the national debate for elite Washington: No one wants the sequester to happen, if the sequester happens it will be because Barack Obama failed to show leadership, what we need is a “balanced approach” to deficit reduction, the sequester should happen but in a smarter way, video games may not cause violence but they are gross, and “Zero Dark Thirty” is the best film of the year in part because John McCain disliked it.
I don’t watch the Sunday shows. Basically ever. I watch clips if something particularly stupid happened, but for the most part, you can get everything you need to know about what happens on these shows by reading the brilliant liveblog by the Huffington Post’s Jason Linkins, America’s foremost Sunday show interpreter. While no one should pay attention to these shows, as long as millions of Americans watch them under the mistaken impression that they’re seeing serious discussions of our most pressing issues with our wisest media observers and most influential political leaders, they should probably be monitored.
Not to worry, Alex: a handful of hardy blogger Rangers have been monitoring their transmissions for years.

We watch for the One.

We snark for the One (note the young Walter White, before he became a weaponized capitalist.)

Yes, the Sunday Mouse Circus really is just as bad as you imagine.

And it is getting worse with each iteration.


ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

CoT does a good jerb.

Pinkamena Panic said...


the fuck

is that gif, DG

Anonymous said...

Me, I get my rundown of the Sabbath Gasbags (eternal h/t to Calvin Trillin) from y'all, Charlie P. Pierce and when I remember to do it, from the splendid stream of consciousness renderings provided through the Bobblespeak Translations.

Roger said...

That B5 clip really does bring out the very best and worst things about that show - its only when you get to the married line that you realise just how terrible the dialogue is - and yet you just accept it and let it carry you through because the underlying quality of characterisation and plot transcends poor writing and mediocre acting.

Compare and contrast with the Star Wars prequels where from the very beginning of The Phantom Menace you care nothing for anyone or anything Lucas depicts with some of the best actors in the world and a budget - what - two orders of magnitude greater?