Not only that, but before and after Rooney went on her ignorant rampage against such pesky things as more access to candidates, she admitted she didn't even see the debate. You see, she flipped through, but could not find, Logo on her "800 channels." I guess logoonline.com was a bit tricky for her old, wiley ways.
Of course, none of this should be shocking to those who watch Beat the Press (just me?). The panel rarely, if ever, seems to actually criticize the media. Don't get me wrong, they chat about whether or not stations should use helicopters or if there are too many debates - but you'd think a local WGBH production would actually focus on the nuts-and-bolts of what's wrong with particular localized stories. No, we get the PBS version of Cable News: it may not be on Lindsey Lohan, but it really isn't any more informative. They'll look at the things you can figure out on your own and often focus on the issues that are already front and center (or ones that aren't even relevant), instead of attending to the show's purpose of analyzing Greater Boston's media (why else bring on local experts?). Given the fact that all of the panel members are a part of the Greater Boston
social media network, I guess no one should be surprised - can't hurt any of our friends' feelings, you know.
Except, no one on yesterday's Beat the Press mentioned just how HRC's debate was set up (in all likelihood, because none of them watched it), though that didn't stop them from criticizing it for its 30 second non-existent spats anyway. The panel didn't even discuss what happened during the debate, piecing the story together in their criticism, but were quick to make a few key - and unexplained - allusions. Anyone finding a problem with any of this? They just blasted all of these forums without even talking about the specifics of why they are so bad.
There's rarely anything analytical about Beat the Press at all: Rooney keys in on the big picture, but avoids the information necessary to view it with any sort of clarity - such as taking a deep and serious look at these debates and what value they give society. Beat the Press pretends to be a show about media criticism and one that is above the fray of what plagues cable news, but it basks in the same stained light that distorts the very news panelists pretend to discuss.
For the past two or three weeks, I've been tuning into Beat the Press late Friday nights. They come up on On Demand very quickly and I watch it before I hit the sack. Each week, I'm thoroughly disappointed by the severe lack of media criticism; it may as well be hosted by Judy Miller. It's more like a show to defend a soft and thoroughly beaten, destroyed and hoodwinked media than something meant to better inform the public. Yet, Rooney and her guests all love it. They all love their medium, so much so that Beat the Press is more pornographic than either critical or introspective. Lets see more shows on WGBH of a Bill Moyer caliber rather than the turd-like Beat the Press, perhaps even worse (which is hard to do) than the show it tries so hard to emulate at the local level, despite the anything-but ironic two-letter difference in name. Unless, of course, Rooney has a change of heart and saves
wyanking our chains for the privacy of her bedroom at home.