Wednesday, February 28, 2007

We're All Snobs.

At least according to John Gibson we are.

Instead of clamoring for new information on Anna Nicole Smith (Who frankly, would have cost me big money in a dead pool--- Who expected her to last this long?), we insist on... You know, real news.

H/T to ThinkProgress:

GIBSON: Now I submit to you that that is a real, honest-to-God drama. Now it may not fit the high-minded views of a lot of news professionals, people who think that their news program is just another part of Foreign Affairs Quarterly. That only a certain kind of news is worthy of their discussing. Those people are snobs. They’re people who, when they see a story, go, “Ew, icky. I don’t want to do that.” I did this for years. I’ve been doing a long time. I’ve approached many stories and said, “That story isn’t worth our trouble.” It has always been a mistake. Always. Every single time I did it. So when I see people like this guy —
[CLIP ANDERSON COOPER] There’s a war on, there’s a war on, there’s a war on.
GIBSON: Oh, there’s a war on, there’s a war on. Maybe, just maybe, people are a little weary, Mr. Cooper, of your war coverage, and they’d like a little something else. Maybe that’s why they all thundered to this story.
[CLIP ANDERSON COOPER] There’s a war on, there’s a war on, there’s a war on.
GIBSON: My complaint about this is what you’re listening to when you hear that guy lecture the audience, is you’re listening to news-guy snobbery. Essentially saying, “I’m better than you. I know what you want to hear about, but I’m better than that story. I’m too high class for that story. I won’t stoop to what you want to hear about.”
I’m not playing that. People want to hear about the Anna Nicole story, I’m happy to tell them.
Incidentally, dumbass--- Foreign Affairs is bimonthly, not quarterly. Then again, why would I expect the "stick your head in the sand and avoid learning anything" crowd to know that? Not saying you have to be an idiot to not realize that--- But when your job is delivering commentary on, among other things, foreign policy, shouldn't you be familiar with the best publication for learning about it?

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