Matt Taibbi is disgusted by a media that cares nothing about the substance and meaning of what candidates say, but instead always chooses to report on the superficial nonsense:
“I read the transcript of the debate and all I got from Romney was either outright factual lies, or total rhetorical dishonesty.
“[...] Romney’s entire debate performance was like this. He said absolutely nothing, but got lots of credit for style points. Here’s Romney’s answer on what budget cuts he would make, addressing perhaps-soon-to-be-ex-PBS employee, Jim Lehrer:
I’m sorry, Jim. I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS. I’m going to stop other things. I like PBS. I love Big Bird. I actually like you too. But I’m not going to — I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for it. That’s number one.
Number two, I’ll take programs that are currently good programs but I think could be run more efficiently at the state level and send them to state.
Number three, I’ll make government more efficient, and to cut back the number of employees, combine some agencies and departments. My cutbacks will be done through attrition, by the way.
“So the answer to the question, “What will you do to rein in the biggest budget deficit in history?” comes down to, “I’ll cut PBS, which is about one millionth of the federal budget, and some other stuff.”
“For God’s sake – “I’ll take programs that could be run more efficiently at state and send them to state”? Is that a joke? That’s worse than a Bill Belichick answer: “What’s our plan against the Broncos? We’re going to watch the film and do what’s best for our football team.”
“Reporters should have instantly pelted Romney with bags of dogshit for insulting the American people with this ridiculous non-answer, but he was instead praised for the canny “strategy” hidden in the response. Despite the fact that Romney is running as a budget hawk and yet has refused to name any actual programs (except Obamacare and PBS) he will cut, reporters gave him credit in the debate for being willing to be the bearer of bad budgetary news, because he essentially advance-fired Jim Lehrer on TV.”
Bob Cesca has the same gripe:
“The cynicism of some political media writers and pundits is astonishing. Our discourse is poisoned by analysts who evaluate politics strictly based on superficial style instead of a realistic evaluation of whether Middle Class Policy will work. We know that conservative policies have been crushing the middle class for 30+ years. It doesn’t matter what a guilty Republican candidate says in a debate — what matters is whether the policy statement makes sense and works.”