The Republican presidential campaign looks more and more like a reality show – the kind people might watch in desperation or curiosity when the series they really want to see are off for the summer.
Yesterday Sarah Palin and Donald Trump staged a media event they hardly bothered to disguise as dinner at a tourist-friendly (you might say tourist-only) Times Square pizza place, which had conveniently figured in an episode of The Celebrity Apprentice. Television programmers keep giving audiences what’s worked in the past, so as long as anyone keeps watching rich maybe-candidates pretend to eat affordable pizza together we’re doomed to see more of that. It’s a classic vicious circle, and what competetive media outlet would dare to turn away?
Palin’s bus tour, her White House stalking campaign dressed up as a tour of historic places, has been the most attention-getting of these vapid stunts. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert called out the air-headed media responses, as CNN and others have slavishly followed Palin around asking questions that could mostly be answered with “Duh,” like, “Is she runnng?”
Stewart wondered if the Palin family might really be on some Scooby-Doo mystery-solving tour.
Colbert, pointing to her website that asked for donations, asked an even better question: “Won’t you help Sarah Palin learn basic facts about U.S. history for just pennies a day?”
Meda criticism doesn’t get better than this. Here they are: