Let’s Get Something Straight By: John Cole June 13, 2008 at 6:35 pm
I liked Tim Russert, even though I thought his BS gotcha nonsense was thorough idiocy and not helping the debate at all. He was a likable guy- friendly, always smiling. I understand it is a loss for the beltway folks, and he had a lot of really good friends and meant a lot to people, and I would be dishonest if I failed to mention that I feel sad by his passing.
MSNBC has been running nothing but a 5 hour (and presumably it will go until 11 pm or beyond) marathon of Russert remembrance. CNN has done their due diligence, and Fox news has spent at least the last half hour talking non-stop about him.
But let’s get something straight- what I am watching right now on the cable news shows is indicative of the problem- no clearer demonstration of the fact that they consider themselves to be players and the insiders and, well, part of the village, is needed. This is precisely the problem. They have walked the corridors of power so long that they honestly think they are the story. It is creepy and sick and the reason politicians get away with all the crap they get away with these days.
Tim Russert was a newsman. He was not the Pope. This is not the JFK assassination, or Reagan’s death, or the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion. A newsman died. We know you miss him, but please shut up and get back to work.
Devoting the whole NBC Nightly News bulletin (on Friday, June 13, 2008) was simply insane.
i followed him every Sunday.
But his slanted interview of Ron Paul left me with a sour taste in my mouth.
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December 23, 2007: Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) – Meet the Press – TRANSCRIPT
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UPDATE: Robin Hanson comments…-
This transcript says nothing about prediction markets. A president Paul might do many things that required only an executive order, but other things would require the cooperation of Congress. A presidential executive order could not overturn CFTC, SEC or state gambling legislation. He could approve government prediction markets, such as the Policy Analysis Market, that might well be seen as immune to these other regulations. But given everything else he’-d be trying to do, I’-m not sure when he’-d get around to this.