Some thoughts on cable talk

I noticed a lot of citations of Morning Joe and Hannity, below, as evidence of outrage at Lowery. I'm still in D.C., and this morning I cut on the TV to see what the talking heads were saying. In short order, I was treated to the morning show people over at Fox replaying a Joe Biden joke in slow motion and attempting to read Barack Obama's body language, and Scarborough asking Andrea Mitchell if Obama was more likely to listen to career CIA professional or a "left-wing law professor from Berkeley."

Cable talk is alluring--much like Hostess cupcakes are alluring, but more like how gossip mags are alluring. I get caught up all the time. In fact, one of the reasons I don't have TV is because I was consuming too much of the stuff.  A significant portion of these folks' livelihood is based on the threat of loony left-wingers at Berkeley, Upper West Side salon-holders, and Georgetown socialites. It's half journalism, and half drama class. In discussion, let's treat it as such. Also, I'll do my part and stop linking to the stuff.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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