Instant Political Analyses that are making me feel blahg:
INSTANT SPEECH/DEBATE REACTIONS -- C'mon Olbermann and company, speeches are speeches! Why do we need to have a reaction, a review, right after? Rather than commenting on the politics of the speech or as Fox News framed it, as "a piece of oratory," why not address the actual politics that are being examined in the speech. Let's be real. Most Americans don't really know the intricacies of the policies of Obama and McCain. For the most part, I certainly don't! When we have MILLIONS of eyes glued to the screen, all watching the great oratory of Hillary Clinton (doesn't that go without saying?) and her evasion of Obama-love, shouldn't we bypass the obvious and get to what she was talking about? Take this opportunity to explain to a HUGE audience the policies and opinions she spoke about.
INSTANT POLLS -- Every political move is followed by a quick phone poll that details the change in public opinion. As this article exemplifies, news stories centering on these polls EXPECT public opinion to change at every slight political move. The reality of this race is that the contenders are very close together, and the general public has a very good idea of the general sentiment of both Obama and McCain. The Democratic Convention was very much an exercise in fortifying the message being sent out so that it can stand tall in November, it was not full of surprises, bells, and whistles. Of course, then, the numbers aren't going to change. The Democratic Party is finally learning how to unify itself, something the Republicans were excellent at for the past few decades, and this was their first big display of this. The message was subtle, but its effects will be long lasting. This is nothing you can find in a morning-after poll.
MAKING STORIES -- We all need our fluff stories, but if you watched CNN over the past year, you've definitely seen your fair share of Obama girl and other fluff. I was going to make the case for this happening right now (I remember seeing a CNN story about a presidential race between Obama and McCain hamsters or something), but the news outlets have their hands full with real news, especially between the two conventions and the VP nominations.
I love blogs, I love 24 hour news networks. They just need to be smarter. I mean a glance at the Huffington Post, will convince you that there is a progressive future to political news, but everyone needs to catch up.
Finally, I leave you with a picture that I'm very unwilling to make instant commentary on. So I'll let it simmer. Do you have anything to say?