From Pine View Farm

Spill Here, Spill Now, Media Cosplay Dept. 3

Fareed Zakaria reminds us–and the press–that, despite the example of George Bush, being president is not about playing dress-up in big kid clothes. (The video didn’t like me and refused to embed properly. Follow the link to see the complete remarks.)

Have we all gone crazy? I don’t mean you, I mean us, the media. In dealing with a serious problem involving technical breakdown, engineering malfunctions, environmental fallout and regulatory mishaps, the media has decided to hone in on one issue above all others: Presidential emotion. The overriding need of the hour, we have decided, is not a clean-up plan, not a regulatory overhaul, not a new energy policy, but the image of the president visibly enraged.

Yelling and screaming does not solve problems. It exacerbates them.



  1. Karen

    June 13, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    You & I know yelling exacerbates problems, but do the people yelling actually know this? I somehow doubt it.

    How can so many book smart people get into positions of power, simply to act like blithering idiots?

    Then we can discuss the current media & their fetish with seeing Obama lose his cool & cussing. Or their need of constant hand-holding.

  2. Frank

    June 13, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    I was thinking about this as I drove home from the beach.
    Yelling distracts one from their actions or lack thereof.  Sort of like Republicans who keep yelling about fiscal responsibility.
    They’ve got the country convinced that they know how to manage money, though they gave away a budget surplus and never tried to pay for any of the increased expenditures, including their wars, they rammed through Congress.

  3. Russel Lone

    June 14, 2010 at 3:55 am

    Totally agree!