October 14, 2007
POLITICS 24/7: No one can hear you scream!
UPDATE: Okay, readers think I was way too easy on this piece. All right. Key points: (1) Old media dissing New Media. Yawn. (2) Listening to the XM POTUS Channel for 24 hours is no doubt boring, but it can't be any more excruciating than 24 hours of CNN -- as always when I'm trapped in airports and subjected to hours of the ubiquitous CNN there, I wonder how anyone can stand it; (3) While the XM POTUS Channel may not have any reporters on its payroll, it has lots of original reporting -- on the Pajamas Media show, for example, the Insta-Wife and I have contributed original interviews with candidates and newsmakers each week, and there's lots more of that kind of thing on that show and others. Compared with listening to the radio and writing an article about it, I'd say that counts as reporting.
Happy now? Really, at this point I figure readers can do this for themselves . . . .
ANOTHER UPDATE: So, driving into the office this afternoon I turned on XM POTUS and heard a complete, unexpurgated Barack Obama speech. Technically, I guess that doesn't count as "reporting" -- real reporting is where you take the full speech and then report only the parts that reflect well on your predetermined storyline -- but it seems useful nonetheless.
MORE: Reader reaction seems kind of negative so far.
STILL MORE: On CNN and airports, reader Dart Montgomery emails: "Do you know why it's always CNN? I don't and have often wondered about that. Perhaps if you ask, one of your other readers might know? I think it would be interesting to find out."
I assume they just got in early and locked things in before Fox, et al., were on the scene. But maybe I'm wrong.