September 04, 2004

Pundits and Poodles

This Metaphor Is Actually an Insult to Poodles.

On Atrios' recommendation, I read James Wolcott's "Attack Poodles" about the ridiculous figures that make up the mainstream corporate media. It would be a quick read if I weren't already immersed in this kind of stuff every day. I think it would be a good thing to read for someone who isn't all that familiar with the punditocracy and the problems with our media.

For me, it was a little too snarky. Don't get me wrong, the media figures getting put down deserve it. Richly. But for me, I'd rather see more examples and less clever wordplay. Don't just tell me someone is an attack poodle. Go through several examples and deconstruct them. Make it convincing. Both this book and Al Franken's "Lying Liars" deal with Bill O'Reilly, but Franken spends about three times as much space and uses it wisely, with lots of examples and devastating, dry humor. Wolcott covers more ground, but I like a more thorough treatment. This book reads like the Cliff's Notes for Bob Somerby's "Daily Howler" web site.

Not bad, but I already read the "Howler" every day anyway. It rocks, by the way.

Posted by Observer at September 4, 2004 06:03 PM

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