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Christy Hardin Smith at Fire Dog Lake notes that some in the legacy media are wondering about their political coverage.

In particular Deborah Howell, ombudscritter for the Washington Post wrote on Sizing Up the Politics Coverage

A perennial complaint is that the media cover politics too much as a horse race instead of reporting more on the candidates’ backgrounds, where they stand on issues and how they would lead the nation. But is it true? I intend to find out — at least at The Post — and report back to readers.

The New York Times has your answer, Miss Deborah, courtesy of Anita Esterday, diner waitress and media critic in Iowa:

“You people are really nuts,” she told a reporter during a phone interview. “There’s kids dying in the war, the price of oil right now — there’s better things in this world to be thinking about than who served Hillary Clinton at Maid-Rite and who got a tip and who didn’t get a tip.”

The media coverage of the campaign for President of the United States is in line with what could be expected for the award of Miss Congeniality at a beauty pageant. There is a much higher level of reporting for horse races.

2 comments

1 Steve Bates { 11.11.07 at 5:12 pm }

Miss Deborah’s reply:

Esterday,
All my troubles seemed so far away, …

2 Bryan { 11.11.07 at 5:35 pm }

For shame, Mr. Bates, for shame. 😉