More On Hardball
Looking back on my last post, I have to ask myself why I even care about Hardball or the right wing perspective. Hardball serves no good political purpose and never has in the years I’ve looked at it-Chris Matthews stirs up some shit and the ideologues go into their crosstalkaganza. Whoopee. I think I’ll stick to the McLaughlin Group if I’m in the mood for such twaddle. As for Chris making the right wing chickies wax apoplectic, what’s it to liberal ol’ me if he exposes them for being nuts?
Contrary to what common sense would tell you, when you put an unhinged winger on who thinks that leaving Iraq will bring Burqamania to America, it doesn’t invalidate their position or embarrass them into silence. It’s free publicity. So much for the idea of the media being liberal. These rightwing jackasses, male and female, know that a significant segment of the population actually thinks these insane thoughts are sensible ones to have, and frankly, I’d bet my underwear that Matthews knows this too. He’s not helping anything by bringing these offalbrained hoohawers into the public eye. What Matthews is doing is lowering the public discourse into the gutter by giving a moment of air time to fringies. There are plenty of serious questions that need asking of politicians out there, and they don’t necessarily have to come from polar perspectives. There’s also a ton of proposals that need some explaining from professional planners and policy wonks-and you don’t have to put on a catfight involving some crack-mainlining, flibbertigibbety radio host to articulate the differences in competing plans. How ’bout it, Mr. Hardball?
But, alas. I expect entirely too much from television, and if it wasn’t for my kids’ addiction to Nicktoons, it would be next to the trashcan tomorrow. If not for my wife’s irrational addiction to “Ghost Hunters”… hm. Guess I’m stuck with it.
Anyway, back to Hardball. Removing the current blabbermouth host might be a good start in fixing Hardball somewhat. Tweety doesn’t care about stopping the dumb anymore; a more aggressive, purposeful gatekeeper would be more apropos when the conversation is swirling the sump in terms of quality and meaning. Might I suggest that MSNBC use David Shuster to either boot Tweety from his little circus act, or give Shuster a show of his own. Here, see what you think. While this does violate the rule of never giving wingers the time of day, at least Shuster slices and dices this guy with his own stupid assed wordage:
This type of bitchslapping might make wingnuts think twice about being fucko-nutso in public, and then maybe we could get on with more serious things. YouTube has lots of David Shuster vids available, and he eats Tucker Carlson’s lunch in one-who doesn’t want to see that little spraytanned moppet flogged but good?
It may be too late to stop infotainment, hold the info. Perhaps a little less ‘tainment, and the genre might be palatable. We are practically there with Olbermann and the Daily Show, come to think of it. Maybe what I really want is like a left-wing Morton Downey Jr. to shout at chickenhawks until they cry. I bet Randi Rhodes would fit the bill.