An iron-clad rule of American media: Never, never, ever take responsibility for your impact on the coverage that you yourselves do:
Sen. Joe Biden faces a paradox: He offers the most unfiltered contact with the media of any of the big four. But he's the least likely to be covered.Rachel Streitfeld at least "analyzes" the symptoms of the media's headlong rush to provide 24-hour Sarah Network News. What she doesn't do is any real analysis of why. Maybe it would be too depressing:
- Entertainment values predominate in all spheres of media. This means that a pretty woman who doesn't have the depth to recognize "Bush Doctrine" gets more coverage than an older man who happens to have heavyweight Senate experience.
- The excitement of the chase is the most important thrill factor of journalists.
- Journalists care more about hype and being seen than anything else. Well, many of them, especially those on TV.
Or at least that's what it looks like. Maybe Streitfeld could make some calls and report a story.