Oh the things you see when you're not looking for them.
Like this bit of Oh Be Joyful buried halfway down the column over at PundiFact, where I go on Friday or Saturday because they often have an aggregates a list of all the guests and panelists for the entire upcoming Sunday Mouse Circus, and I can start getting my ennui on early.
This is subject of the column --
Donna Brazile, Jackie Kucinich and Kathleen Parker discussed the state of television news punditry and the fate of NBC's Brian Williams at an event hosted Tuesday by PunditFact at the National Press Club.-- so "meh" right?
But, halfway down, this:
...What you see at the Gasbag Cavalcade is not an accident. It's a play, carefully cast for the purposes of achieving the appearance of "balance". The "truth" never enters into it, and when that truth of a story is so raw and unequivocal that it cannot be hammered into fitting the network's fetish for false equivalence, that story never gets told.
Speaking to a crowd of about 50, and a larger audience online, the pundits were aware of the roles they play when they are put on air. ... They know the political slot they fill and the need to play to those expectations. While they won’t say something they don’t believe, nor are they fully themselves on air.
"I’m always on the left," Brazile said. "It’s like being an actress. I’ve learned to be an actress being on TV."
"On television, you need to fit into these neatly packaged view," Brazile added later in the conversation.
This was abundantly clear to Parker as well.
"I am called on to be the center-right voice at the table," Parker said. "I’m not going to suddenly start talking out of school. I’m there to make that argument because they (the producers) are looking for a balance."
The group also said they know what sells: Being loud and forceful.
So what about the fact that over time, if anyone bothers to look, they will notice that the Right lies a lot, and tends to be proven by that unfair, unbalanced, liberally-biased Reality to be overwhelmingly and horribly wrong over and over and over again?
Not a problem, citizen! That's been factored in:
That is what television producers said, but Parker said she personally doubted that money was the main reason. "What I really think is what they are assuming, based on ample evidence, is that the American people will forget in about two more seconds," Parker said. "If they just keep quiet about it, the news cycle will change and attentions will shift.And so, yet again, we peek behind the curtain to find what we already know.
That (to steal from my betters)
The Gasbag talking head is but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard, well, every fucking Sunday until the end of time.
It is a tale told by a very, very, very well-paid idiot.
Full of Both Sides Do It