Thursday, June 24, 2010
Media voyeurism and politicians' marriagesGene Lyons gives us some valuable observations about one of our Pod Pundits most favoritist subjects, love affairs involving politicians (Bring on the Marital Melodrama Cagle Post 06/11/2010):
Problem is, you not only don't know public figures' intimate lives, you can't know. Maureen Dowd and Chris Matthews sure as hell don't know. What sane politician would share a private confidence with any journalist? Most pundits psychoanalyzing politician's intimate lives are simply narrating what my friend Bob Somerby of the dailyhowler.com describes a "brainless Group Novel" of their own invention, featuring imaginary characters they pretend are real, and themes revelatory of their own preoccupations.Tags: establishment press, mainstream media, mainstream press
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