“When I was driving home the other day and listening to NPR – my masochist streak – they happened to have a long segment on Barack Obama. It was very favorable, really enthusiastic. Here is a new star rising in the political firmament. I was listening to see if the report would say anything about his position on issues – any issue. Nothing. It was just about his image. I think they may have had a couple words about him being in favor of doing something about the climate. What are his positions? It doesn’t matter. You read his articles. It’s the same. He gives hope. He looks right into your eyes when you talk to him. That’s what’s considered significant. Not ‘Should we control our own resources? Should we nationalize our resources? Should we have water for people? Should we have health care systems? Should we stop carrying out aggression?’ No. That’s not mentioned. Because our electoral system, our political system, has been driven to such a low level that issues are completely marginalized. You’re not supposed to know the information about the candidates.”–Chomsky, What We Say Goes
(Via Good Times and Bad Times in Lost America.)
Obama, American Politics, Chomsky, Politics
You know, if you listen to NPR lately, it seems like they’re all about McCain. McCain this and McCain that. Strange indeed.