National politics has degenerated into a cheerleading contest, and we've got the cable news networks to prove it. There's now an "Obama: god's gift to the human race" channel (MSNBC) to serve as a counterweight to the "Obama: a big poopy-pants with big hairy ears that stick out" channel (I don't think I have to tell you their nem).
Glenn Greenwald at the Guardian has an extremely entertaining column today about the transformation of MSNBC into the administration's #1 government propaganda organ.
Last month, MSNBC's Al Sharpton conducted a spirited debate about whether Obama belongs on Mount Rushmore or instead deserves a separate monument to his greatness (just weeks before replacing frequent Obama critic Cenk Uygur as MSNBC host, Sharpton publicly vowed never to criticize Barack Obama under any circumstances: a vow he has faithfully maintained).
With the purging of Cenk Uygur, all criticism of Hizonner the Preznit is declared anathema and banished into outer darkness. And in addition, now they've gone and hired old Uncle Dave Axelrod, Obama's BFF, as a pundit and truth-teller. They're gonna screw themselves up too, because government prop is the most boring thing in the world. There's no truth in Pravda and no news in Izvestia.
Meanwhile, Fox News is getting better, and I find it actually watchable now. I don't own a TV, but there's a local fascist workout fiend who haunts the club where I go and always has Fox on. They have more Democrats on now, including this young black gal who is extremely informed and well-spoken, and has facts, figures, and ready rebuttals at her command. She kind of leaves poor Megyn Jelly standing in her socks, but May Gun is still queen of the hop.
But I digress.