It's now official. What interests the corporate media and what concerns the public are two entirely different things. So if you just can't get all tingly about the weekly Republican game shows known as debates, or if you found the presidential bus tour a yawn, you are not alone. Results of a poll conducted last week by the Pew Research Center for People & the Press showed that although most people were hungry for news about the economy and jobs and Occupy Wall Street, the national news was more focused on Republican presidential politics and the zany Iranian/Mexican Saudi Ambassador assassination plot.
And how about that Trifecta Trade Deal that President Obama just signed into law? Although it will ultimately destroy an estimated quarter of a million American jobs through offshoring, it received miniscule attention from the national newshounds, and hardly any people expressed interest in it. So what came first, the chicken or the egg? I think it was the egg, meaning the people. They didn't know about it, because the teevee didn't talk about it. Too hard. Most people don't read Ezra Klein's Wonkbook.
If you think last week was bad, wait till this week. The killing of K-Daffy today has wiped Occupy Wall Street right off the news map. It will be days and days of "Obama Adds Another Trophy to His Kill List", and endless video loops of his bloody murder.
The politicians and the oligarchs must be so relieved. The ruling class wants our attention to be diverted from its chicanery, while the stenographic journalists would rather take the path of least resistance and pander to the lowest common denominator. It saves them the trouble of insightful thought and does the public a gross disservice.