New Mexico governor Bill Richardson has officially announced his candidacy for the 2008 presidential race.
I was watching Good Morning America (which is feeling more and more like Good Morning Baghdad) and they did not mention Richardson’s candidacy, but rather spent their opening segment blathering about something which the whole country has been aware of for more than the greater part of a decade: Hillary Clinton running for President. It bothers me that there’s this air of celebrity in politics, because that’s what Hillary Clinton is. Hillary Clinton is the Paris Hilton of the political world, less the sex tapes (eww.) Barack Obama is the same: all hype and no one knows shit about what he stands for, just what he (and 95% of all Democrats) stands (or sits) against.
The modern mainstream media stands in diametric opposition of what good media should do: report news and not speculate. Our modern media, in particular the television media, is all in the business of “gotcha” journalism. Just ask Howard Dean about the “scream” and ask anyone who was in the room.
The media make the rules and if you break their rules, they will break you.