May 28, 2004

From both sides of the horse's mouth...

I had to get up at a ridiculously early (for me) hour to let some workers into the theater, and thus had set my clock radio. For reasons unknown (doubtless operator error), it was set to radio instead of alarm, and so I woke to the soothing tones of NPR. Since I'm never up this early, I didn't know they played anything other than soporific bedtime classical or jazz; I was surprised to hear "news". Apparently Kerry gave a speech somewhere last night and they interviewed two people about it. The Independent said she was going to vote for Kerry because he would get us out of Iraq. The Democrat said he would vote for Kerry because he would take things slowly and not rush us out of Iraq like Bush is doing.


I guess the reason that Kerry is getting away with taking both sides on every issue is that people only listen until they hear what they want to hear, then stop listening.

And the press is letting the contradictions slide. What a surprise!

I need more coffee....

Posted by Susie at May 28, 2004 08:33 AM

As a Brit outsider, I have to say that Kerry appears to be what somebody once decribed as "the living embodiment of the colour beige".

I think politicians should be either scary and evil or figures of fun, like George, who can't really walk or talk properly. I like that.

Posted by: David at May 28, 2004 08:44 AM

Absolutely, David! As Harv said, hell hath no fury like a woman bored! ;) George W. is very endearing; Kerry is just haughty...

Posted by: Susie at May 28, 2004 08:58 AM

We're lucky in a way: we have Tony Blair, who is oily and untrustworthy, with mad eyes and sweaty armpits when under pressure. His opposite number is Michael Howard. If Mike's not from Transylvania then I'm not a jowly Irishman with an unconvincing goatee. And I am.

Topping them all, probably forever, was Margaret Thatcher, who was a completely fucking barking mad old witch. The American Right like Thatch because she got on with Reagan, but that was only because he was away with the fairies and she was blind drunk most of the time. I shall dance on her grave.

Posted by: David at May 28, 2004 09:16 AM

He (Kerry) apparently was in my home state yesterday. Seattle, to be 'pacific. Heh.

I think you've hit upon the exact issue here. Most folks have "selective hearing," in that they hear what they want to and discard the rest.

Me? I tuned him out a few weeks back entirely -- mainly because I need to watch my blood pressure.



Posted by: Emma at May 28, 2004 07:58 PM

Did you just refer to NPR as "press"?

Left-wing-propaganda spew-machine, more like.

I listen to NPR quite a bit on the drive home from work, because music radio in Wisconsin sucks, and drive-time talk radio consists of sports/traffic/weather followed by commercials, repeat ad nauseum. News is 30 seconds at the bottom of the hour. At least NPR drags it out to a full minute.

Mostly I listen to it as an excercise in bias-detection.

Posted by: Harvey at May 29, 2004 06:53 AM