Electability and other irrelevant questions dominate the media discussion.
Every week, questions arise in the political scene that the media either should be asking, or shouldn’t be asking but are, for whatever reason. In this fresh column, we will diverge into the legitimacy of the media’s narrative, shed some perspective on important issues, and debrief in the order of most-to-least important stories every Monday.
Let’s go nuts.
1. Google is shifting its financial weight toward Republicans instead of Democrats. Despite heavily dedicating itself to preserving Democratic power in Washington since its inception, Google is now donating to neoconservative think-tanks like the Heritage Foundation and the RGA. It’s striking that Google, uncontroversially the world’s most powerful tech-based corporation, has been supporting Democrats this long (not to say that the Democrats are a populist voice in American politics.)
But its influence in Washington is growing, as documented by the Huffington Post:
In the last nine months, Google has hired 18 lobbying shops — not 18 lobbyists, but 18 firms, a dozen of them since July, a head-turning torrent of hiring that also includes consultants not required to register as lobbyists.
Google’s ‘do no evil’ policy must not be the policy anymore, as marginalizing the public and contributing to the demise of political democracy is general considered ‘evil’ among people who care about such things.
2. The major concern at the Republican debate last week centered around a few audience members’ incessant booing of a gay soldier. The ‘liberal’ media, in its ultra-jingoistic rage, pounced on Rick Santorum for not condemning those who were booing, but managed to entirely miss Santorum’s answer. His answer, of course, was that DADT would immediately be reinstated should he become president. A rare moment of honesty.
3. Herman Cain won the Florida Straw Poll, and Michelle Bachmann came in last, just behind Jon Huntsman. As MSNBC told us back when the Iowa Straw Poll results were announced, straw polls don’t matter and have virtually no significance. I fully expect Mitt Romney to win the nomination, and win Florida, because ultimately political positions won’t matter. ‘Personality’ and ‘values’ dominate the media discussion. Do you want to have a beer with Herman Cain?
4. Julian Assange’s book that’s about to be released without his approval isn’t really an autobiography, which he has repeatedly said he “dreads writing.” You can’t “dread writing” when you’re giving interviews to a ghostwriter who is writing your ‘autobiography’ in your name. All the same, I’m looking forward to reading the book, which supposedly includes quotes such as “”I may be a chauvinist pig of some sort, but I am no rapist.” Well said, Julian.