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The Debate, The Media and Lap Dancing

October 5, 2012

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Most of the MSM and many pundits of other media said Rmoney won last night’s debate—and who cares that he didn’t offer anything of substance? He was nuts. The Obama campaign responded by sending out scores of “Fact checks” last night—and yet. Fact check this: Rmoney gave the media the red meat they wanted. And the ability to say the horserace is alive.

After the debate, I was surprised at the on air melt down put on by MSNBC. Over and over, the same mems were being put out by the media, Rmoney was feisty, Obama didn’t seem engaged, etc. etc, blah, blah. I started to wonder if we had watched the same debate. Then I remembered something basic, something important. Something that I have thought since the first poll between the two nominees.

The media wants a horse race. They want this election to come down to the wire, or, as in 2000, preferably into overtime. It sells ads, it sells copy, it makes much more money for the media if it is a close race than a race where Obama is pulling away leaving Rmoney floundering.

So once again, the media has put on a show, and sadly, a lot of people on the right and the left have fallen for it, to one extent or another. The left is wailing and gnashing its teeth, the right is whooping and high fiving, but the one thing that neither of these sides seems to see is that this is, by and large, a media driven reaction to keep raking in the millions of campaign dollars.

This was the first in a series of debates, and when you have a series of debate you have to play the long game. That is what I believe Obama is doing, and this was but the first step. Things aren’t going to hell, as many seem to want everyone to believe. The media is indeed picking up on Romney’s lies, and the polls haven’t really moved any, and probably won’t move much, if at all. In a couple of weeks this will be forgotten and the next debate will be upon us.

So don’t worry folks. Like the lap dancer that keeps grinding away until all your money is gone, the media will keep whoring itself out there to the campaigns until the race is over…or…the money is gone.

OK, now for the cartoons that I started a while ago.

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Jim Lehrer lost control of the debate within the first 2 minutes. He let Rmoney set the tone for the debate with his interruptions and almost belligerent attitude . To his credit though, he did do a credible job of giving almost equal time to both candidates. But he seemed lost most of the time.

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