Friday, October 24, 2008

Let's Rename The Media

I was just in a taxi on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. If you haven't been to the Big Apple in a while let me clue you in. Mayor Bloomberg has installed television screens in the taxi cabs. So you are force fed network-type news UNLESS you figure out how to turn the darn thing off, which takes a few minutes. The geniuses of the New York City Council have been so excited about the TV screens in the cabs that they decided it was imperative to waive the two-term limit for the otherwise do-nothing Mayor Bloomberg.

So while riding past Zabar's deli (great prices on cheese) I was forced to listen to a knock-off of network news. The bubble-headed, painfully stupid newscaster announced that Barack Obama is ahead in the polls.

When I got back I turned on the computer to read this message from Newsmax:

AP Poll Says It's Neck and Neck

"Wednesday,WASHINGTON – The presidential race tightened after the final debate, with John McCain gaining among whites and people earning less than $50,000, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that shows McCain and Barack Obama essentially running even among likely voters in the election homestretch.

"The poll, which found Obama at 44 percent and McCain at 43 percent, supports what some Republicans and Democrats privately have said in recent days: that the race narrowed after the third debate as GOP-leaning voters drifted home to their party and McCain's "Joe the plumber" analogy struck a chord...."

The TV type on the Bloomberg Taxi News was saying that Obama is ahead, but AP, probably their own news source, said two days ago that the race is a tie. As I have previously blogged, a one or two percent Obama lead in the polls means that McCain is probably ahead.

Now were the bubbleheaded taxi newscasters lying, confused, or illiterate and so unable to read AP's release?

It has become increasingly obvious that bloggers have missed one cue. There is no mainstream media. The acronym "MSM" is a misnomer. The question that has been plaguing me is what would a better name be?

PAM--Pissant media
FM--Fringe media
DSPM--Dull and stupid people's media
LBM--Liberal borg media
3M-Mental Midgets' Media

Any suggestions out there?

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