Thursday, August 28, 2008

More Conventioning

Anyone else think that CNN is trying really hard to root for a good result for Obama? I understand that they have to have some partisans on, but I just don't feel like they are making any efforts at impartiality.

This gets to a major criticism that I have of political commentary...where is the unbiased analysis? Why does everyone have to be in someone's camp? In a sporting event, for example, there are announcers that just tell you what happens and what it means, even if they are rooting for one team or another. Even the Red Sox announcers can tell when someone is doing bad and it might hurt the team.

So, why can't you find political commentators who can just...independent of who they hope wins...say what something means? Even if you are a Democrat, you should be able to objectively tell when something is good or bad for you. Joe Scarborough, who is on MSNBC and is a VERY conservative guy, is actually pretty good at this. He is clearly a biased commentator, but he has the ability to step back and say, essentially "Sure I hate the guy, but this will help him get more votes," or "I want this guy to win, I think he is the right guy and I will vote for him, but this thing will cost him votes."

Why is that so hard? They should make an effort to get more people onto TV who understand the "sport" of politics and can make a judgement on who did the best to help their election cause, not just people who are in favor of one particular partisan agenda.

Moving on...last night's recap: I was disappointed.

After Hillary Clinton was so strong on Tuesday, I felt like Bill would tear the house down (like he did in 2004 for Kerry, when he was really outstanding). And, all of the words were right, but I just didn't feel like he was totally into it. His cadence was off, he didn't have the same energy and he just seemed a little bit off. Some of that is that he is generally a great public speaker and the bar is set high, but I didn't feel like he brought his best effort. I have seen him better.

I also felt like Biden struggled a bit. He stumbled over some words, and he misspoke a couple of "And now McCain is promising $200 million in new taxes for big oil,", which I am pretty sure is the OPPOSITE of what he meant to say. And he is also the wrong guy to criticize McCain's decision making when he has a) been right alongside him on many of those decisions, and b) said three months ago that he would be honored to run as McCain's VP.

Obama's appearance at the end was well-timed, although at first I thought it was a bad idea. Showing up obscured everything else that happened, and really showed up Biden...but since I didn't think Biden was great, it sort of saved the night for them a little bit.

It will be interesting to see how the polls reflect this convention. The early ones show very little bump so far for Obama (and some actually show more progress for McCain), but he obviously has the chance to turn that around tonight. I expect that he will be fantastic...he is simply too good a public speaker not to be.

But that runs risks, too...if the bar was high for B. Clinton, it is through the roof for Obama. I think he will deliver, though.

I guess we will know soon;-)


Jessie said...

I think that YOU should be that ideal political commentator that can say it like it is regardless of what "camp" you belong to. You do a damn good job of it already!

I'd listen to ya.

laurwilk said...

You make a very good point! I am constantly swayed by the opinion of political commentators. There should be something a bit less biased and a bit more truthful. I'm mad at politics now! Give me some truth, dangit!

brandy said...

I think a lot of CNN coverage is biased because they are at the Democratic convention, and I suspect it's easy to get caught up in the 'history in the making' of a black candidate. I suspect next week they will look impartial to the Republicans.

Joe Scarborough. I love him. I really loved Dan Abrams but now that his show is canceled, I will console myself with Joe.

I find that (even though he annoys the shit out of me), Lou Dobbs is pretty impartial. He appears to hate everyone with equal passion which makes him fun to watch.

brandy said...

And by 'impartial to the Republicans' I mean 'partial'. Obviously.

Accidentally Me said...

Jessie - Thank you [curtsy]:-)

Laurwilk - They can't seem to separate their hopes for an outcome from an analysis of the standings

Brandy - CNN is also basically a Democratic mouthpiece. Fox News gets the most abuse for being partisan, but I think CNN is just as bad.

Ally said...

Brandy is right--Lou Dobbs just hates everyone equally. Complain, complain, complain.

Until this week, I'd thought CNN was slightly less left than Fox is right, but now they're both seeming pretty partial to their respective parties. Someone told me today that Carl Rove corrected an anchor on Fox (who couldn't seem to find anything positive to say about Hillary's speech, which is obviously ridiculous). You can't get much worse than that.

Princess Extraordinaire said...

I thought Bill's speech lacked luster as well - it was generic and pretty much rhetoric..and after Obama's amazing speech last night it didn't even merit remembering...I am looking forward to hearing what McCain has to say. The newsies at CNN are primarily liberal and therefore do want a good redult for Obama - I usually watch FOX although I know many would call them right wing freaks....