Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tea parties and the MSM: Bob Dylan nailed it decades ago

In the movie Don't Look Back, the cameras catch Bob Dylan taunting a reporter from Time magazine:

Do you really care about what you say? I know more about what you do than you'll ever know about me.

Much the same could be said about the people who attend the Tea Parties. They baffle the carefully cocooned reporters who venture out to cover them. But they are neither baffled nor impressed by the "elite" journalists from Time or CNN. Internet-fueled press criticism and fact-checking have stripped away the mystique of the MSM. It has rebalanced the information flow.

Actually, it may tilted the advantage toward Tea Parties and other political insurgents.

Dylan again:

Because something is happening here
But you don’t know what it is
Do you, Mister Jones

Scott Shane of the New York Times on CSPAN2 September 27, 2007:

"I'm a jounalist whose job it is to explain to others things he doesn't understand himself."

"A typical reporter on deadline calls a couple of people and slaps something into the paper the next day."

Cathy Seipp from 2004:

One of the election lessons for Democrats is that while the Left doesn't understand the Right, the Right can't help but understand the Left, because the Left is in charge of pop culture. Urban blue staters can go their entire lives happily innocent of the world of church socials and duck hunting and Boy Scout meetings, but small-town red staters are exposed to big-city blue-state values every time they turn on the TV.

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