this question was recently posed on the Mallet list [a group of mostly alums of a UofA student group]. of those who wrote in i was fairly shocked by the limited sources. one person said he really only got his news from the drudge report, remarking somewhat defensively that he knew some of us would say that explains a lot, but that the drudge report really was an excellent gateway to lots of information, plus some useful reporting.
i was thinking about that as i read about the drudge report’s recent ‘reporting’ of (impliedly unseemly) physical affection between kerry & edwards.
Drudge’s report says:
CAN’T KEEP HANDS OFF EACH OTHER
Hugs, kisses to the cheek, affectionate touching of the face, caressing of the back, grabbing of the arm, fingers to the neck, rubbing of the knees…
John Kerry and John Edwards can’t keep their hands off each other!
In the past 48 hours, “candidate handling” has become the top buzz on the trail.
News photographers have been going wild with photos of the two Johns.
“I’ve been covering Washington and politics for 30 years. I can say I’ve never seen this much touching between two men, publicly,” e-mailed one wire photographer.
When asked if the Johns are acting out a cynical focus group series of poses — perhaps to show warmth to the chilly Bush/Cheney — a Kerry spokesperson explained: “I think we’re just seeing genuine affection between them.”
But the spokesperson added, “I hope we do not see them wearing matching outfits when they ride bikes this weekend.”
basically, drudge showed a lot of pictures of kerry & edwards doing victory hands-over-head kind of things, patting each other on the shoulders, etc., and threw in some strange innuendos about homoeroticism. is there any explanation other than homophobia for this? or more correctly, any explanation other than an attempt to play on right-wing homophobia? disgusting.
this made me think about where do i get my media from? in an ordinary week, when i’m checking the news pretty regularly, my news diet looks like this:
- nytimes.com, salon.com, sfgate.com, news.google.com (daily)
- a wide variety of ip/info/tech/geek news, including politech, lots of listserv delivery of newsletters (daily)
- cbn.com, foxnews.com, guardian.co.uk; local NPR, local pacifica, cnn.com (2-4x/week)
- indymedia.org, drudge report online, local xtian news radio station, right-wing talk radio (michael savage mostly), commondreams.org, slate.com (2-4x/month)
- various topical blogs, e.g., baghdad burning (looking up blogs 2-3x/week & reading new posts)