Today Tim Russert interviewed Doris Kearns Goodwin on CNBC for at least half an hour on what makes a good president. They talked about character, experience, ability to admit mistakes, how presidents relax (poker and booze for FDR, telling stories for Lincoln), how they make decisions., how they learn. It was brilliant. Ms. Kearns Goodwin told us what she knows about past presidents, and about McCain, Obama and Clinton in terms of these issues.
It was the kind of discussion sadly lacking in the breathless 24-hour “coverage” of this campaign. Television especially is just scratching the same surface over and over again — who said what about who said what. There’s no actual reporting on TV news — what the candidates have actually done with the past decades of their lives — and even in the talking/yelling heads department the panelists yap over and over about the most trivial crap (David Gergen is a wonderful exception — he actually sneaks an insight or two over the airwaves every time he talks). And the interviewers ask the candidates and their surrogates the most insipid questions.
But here was actual knowledge and insight being presented in a way that would help people have some criteria for making up their minds about the current candidates. And it wasn’t on Meet The Press. It wasn’t in prime time. It was on late on a Sunday, on a third-string cable show with maybe a few hundred thousand viewers. I can’t even find clips of the show on the web to link to. But you can find endless clips of Obama’s pastor or Geraldine Ferraro.
The coverage of this race gets more and more infantile. No wonder we elect idiots.
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