Here’s the shadow side of cable TV news:
“Where was Obama tonight? He should watch — well, not just ‘Hardball,’ Rachel [Maddow], he should watch you, he should watch the Reverend Al [Sharpton], he should watch Lawrence [O’Donnell], he would learn something about this debate. There’s a hot debate going on in this country. Do you know where it’s being held? Here on this network is where we’re having the debate. We have our knives out. We go after the people and the facts. What was he doing tonight? He went in there disarmed.”
That was Chris Matthews on the MSNBC post-game party after the Obama-Romney debate Wednesday night.
Brother Matthews was a couple of sentences too honest. He should have stopped at “There’s a hot debate going on in this country.” True enough. We’ve got plenty to talk about. But does the inflamed invective on MSNBC and FOX and talk radio advance the cause of democracy?
Cut to the chase:
“We have our knives out.”
Thank you for your brutal honesty, Mr. Matthews. Now would you please step through the metal detector? We may have to take you away in handcuffs.
Americans don’t want presidential politics to be a knife fight.
Which came first: Did vicious talk radio and TV rise up out of consumer demand? Or did vicious radio and TV create an American audience divided into angry, polar extremes?
We’re dealing with serious problems, Mr. Matthews. We live in a perilous world. We resort too quickly to metaphors of violence, and then to real violence.
Hot debate, recognizing the rules of civility, helps clarify the issues. The challenge of democracy is to have principles and stand by them, but leave room in the middle for compromise.
— John Hayden
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