Friday, June 01, 2007

Reason and Reaction

WaPo columnist Eugene Robinson reports on the prevailing Beltway wisdom about Al Gore's new book, The Assault on Reason. Digby uses the smarmy, smug, ever-superficial Gwen Ifill as an outstanding example:
If you missed Gwen Ifill interviewing Gore about his book last night, you missed the latest in a series of obtuse, eye-rolling interviews by the high school cheerleading squad that calls itself the news media. Ifill was practically chewing gum and popping bubbles in Gore's face as she asks him about his, like, totally boring book.
As Robinson says --
One thing that should be clear to anyone who's been paying attention these past few years is that we need to go out and get ourselves the smartest president we can find. We need a brainiac president, a regular Mister or Miss Smarty-Pants. We need to elect the kid you hated in high school, the teacher's pet with perfect grades
It wouldn't hurt to have a few more like Robinson and Digby, and many fewer Gwen Ifills, in the national media, too.

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