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Relax, Howard

November 17, 2008

Howard Kurtz, WaPo appointed media watchdog falls in line with the contrarian point of view over Barack Obama’s win. He whines:

Are the media capable of merchandizing the moment, packaging a president-elect for profit? Yes, they are.

What’s troubling here goes beyond the clanging of cash registers. Media outlets have always tried to make a few bucks off the next big thing. The endless campaign is over, and there’s nothing wrong with the country pulling together, however briefly, behind its new leader. But we seem to have crossed a cultural line into mythmaking.

The article probably could have ended when Kurtz answered his own question regarding the media’s ability to make a buck off what is hot RIGHT NOW!!!!!

However he puts cart before horse. The media isn’t engaged in mythmaking. The myth has already been made. If we can’t allow everyone, anyone who wants, to get caught up in the moment of history, then we’re just a bunch of bitter old sods. The press is just feeding on the frenzy, just trying to cash in like every college kid with a box full of campaign leftovers and an Ebay account. If someone can pay upwards of $500 for a post-election day copy of the Times, does Kurtz seriously expect the conglomerates to stand around idly and NOT try to make a dime?

Then further down the page:

But can anyone imagine this kind of media frenzy if John McCain had managed to win?

No, no one could, to answer the rhetorical question. Res Ipsa Loquitur and all that.


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