Saturday, March 06, 2004

Let's Pretend

It is, of course, preposterous. There is no "furor" over the use of 9/11 images in the Bush re-election campaign advertisements. There is opposition to the use of those images, by Democrats and their media allies. But they oppose virtually everything the President does now. They hate issues that work in his favor. And they hate him.

It isn't that Katie Couric, for example, is biased against the President, as is frequently alleged. It's that she's opposed to him personally and politically. That's what's really going on. And everyone knows it.

Media are transparent now. We know what they really think because they can't help themselves. They're so self-involved and self-important, they actually think we care about what they think, instead of what they have learned. What started as a business of reporting has become, in all of its various guises, a platform for opinion.

Of course, the media types still have to pretend. They still have to do the dress-up thing (how do reporters dress?). But that too has become routinized. One of the routines is to proclaim a "furor" and then "report" on it.