Sunday, March 23, 2008

Barack Obama writes his own speeches!!

Why doesn't anybody out there in the American media notice that Senator Obama is the first presidential candidate in a generation (more?) who writes his own speeches?

My guess: Embarrassment.

The media these days mostly operates as a blank slate that is written upon by appropriately crafted press releases, mostly composed by political operatives and other partisan individuals. This is responsible for the linked phenomena of he-said she-said journalism, pack journalism, and the decline of the very idea of objective reality. Part of the reason is the successful management and co-opting of the press by the Bush administration. The other part is the purchase of the media largely by right-leaning or outright right-wing corporate interests.

If it wasn't for the internet, we would be in really deep trouble.

But to tie up my original assertion, to admit that a politician who is *actually* running the show, is actually the author of not only his ideas but his words is to admit their own intellectual bankruptcy.

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