I’m finding it increasingly hard to read the “news” lately. What qualifies as “news” has already changed significantly in the last few decades, as “news” websites and “journalists” seem to increasingly focus on the trivial, on the provocative, and on the scandalous, regardless of “news” worthiness.
In the world of D.C. politics, “scandal” has similarly become focused on the provocative, political, and trivial. With the extreme polarization of Repubs and Dems, it seems our elected Representatives and Senators are more interested in finding “gotcha” moments to score political points than they are in actually governing. Politicians are more interested in seeking the short-term limelight of the attention garnered through uncovering of “scandals” than they are in the long-term benefits of legislating.
According to the “news” sources, we have three major “scandals” occurring right now; Benghazi, the IRS, and the Justice Department/AP. Especially given the involvement of the AP in the Justice Department investigation, a riled-up media has played up the three “scandals”, doing their best to make them as provocative as possible to an ignorant and easily fooled public.
Dig a little deeper, and its damned hard to get too worked up about the major “scandals”. PERHAPS if Republicans in the House would focus on legislating and solving the issues, rather than just trying to score political points, I could take them seriously. However, Republicans have turned the “scandals” into personal witch-hunts, desperately trying to directly link the “scandals” to the current Obama presidency, and a possible NEXT Democratic presidency of Hillary Clinton. Benghazi was a tragedy, and people died. In the world of D.C. politics, the focus isn’t on correcting the situation and trying to improve security. GOD no…in fact, Republicans continue to be against any increases in funding for diplomatic security. Instead, Benghazi, like the other scandals, is primarily about the next election instead of being focused on preventing another Benghazi.
Immigration reform? Entitlement reform? Increasing unrest in the Middle East? Deficit reduction? Health care? With the current focus on “scandal”, Congress seems like they couldn’t care less about the more pressing issues facing the country.
“Gotcha” journalism now has a VERY willing partner in “gotcha” D.C. politics.