Ramirez: The ADD media

posted at 12:14 pm on July 2, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Michael Ramirez wonders what it takes for the national media to focus on the biggest tax increase in American history, which is what the House passed last week.  Fortunately, the media’s massive focus on one particular story last week gives us an answer, although I’m not sure I ever want to see John Boehner try a moonwalk:

Unlike some, I do believe that Jackson’s death was news — but not Princess Diana-level news.  For that matter, I didn’t consider Princess Diana significant enough to warrant the kind of obsessive coverage her untimely death generated.  It’s not exactly breaking news that the media is obsessed by celebrity, which means that its consumers are obsessed with it, too.  However, the wall-to-wall coverage of Jackson’s death stretched the boundaries of credulity on every network. Fox News played more music videos in their entirety in one day than MTV has in a month.

How do you compete with that to get attention back on a disastrous policy that could cripple the American economy for decades?  We could fight fire with fire, but as Ramirez suggests, that probably won’t help.  If this scheme passes and we’re wondering years later why the American public didn’t demand a stop to it in the beginning, we can look back to the media’s prioritization of celebrity over substance as one leading cause.

Ramirez has a terrific collection of his works: Everyone Has the Right to My Opinion, which covers the entire breadth of Ramirez’ career, and it gives a fascinating look at political history.  Read my review here, and watch my interviews with Ramirez here and here.  And don’t forget to check out the entire IBD site, while individual investors still exist.


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Ramirez is the best there is.

-Dave

Dave R. on July 2, 2009 at 12:19 PM

“It’s saD, it’s sad”

saiga on July 2, 2009 at 12:19 PM

lol

carbon_footprint on July 2, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Takin’ a trip for the 4th O’ July boys and girls………

……….. everyone have a nice weekend.

Seven Percent Solution on July 2, 2009 at 12:21 PM

While I thought Boehner was effective last week on the House floor, it probably would have been better if he had worn a sparkle glove and sang parts of the amendment.

myrenovations on July 2, 2009 at 12:22 PM

What part of Pravda isnt going to cover any topic the Obamanation tells them not to are you not understanding Ed?

doriangrey on July 2, 2009 at 12:23 PM

This is the main focus along with health care tomorrow at our Tea Party. I hope we get a great turnout but it is really HOT. This thing must die!

HoustonRight on July 2, 2009 at 12:24 PM

……….. everyone have a nice weekend.

Seven Percent Solution on July 2, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Working…straight through til Tuesday. Somebody has to deliver the gasoline to warm the damn planet, Barry or no Barry.

Limerick on July 2, 2009 at 12:25 PM

Ed, you’re forgetting that the MJ freak show is not over yet. We still have a big funeral to go thru.

Will that be another all day event too?

Knucklehead on July 2, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Well done, Ramirez!

Do people in the media even see themselves in this? Even Fox News fell in the trap of overdoing it.

Seven Percent Solution on July 2, 2009 at 12:21 PM

‘back at ya!

tru2tx on July 2, 2009 at 12:27 PM

How do you compete with that to get attention back on a disastrous policy that could cripple the American economy for decades?

Put up a toll booth on the road to Jackson’s funeral and tell drivers it’s a cap n trade thing……

(and hand them a reciept that has every member of the Senate’s phone #’s and email addys)

Rovin on July 2, 2009 at 12:28 PM

Ed, you’re forgetting that the MJ freak show is not over yet. We still have a big funeral to go thru.

Will that be another all day event too?

Knucklehead on July 2, 2009 at 12:27 PM

There is a planned procession from one part of CA to another and then back again. I imagine all news channels will cover that for as long as it takes.

myrenovations on July 2, 2009 at 12:29 PM

The fact that the media is trying to ignore Cap and Tax is all the more reason to make the Tea Parties scheduled for July 4 all the more massive.

Dreadnought223 on July 2, 2009 at 12:29 PM

The media are in a sad state of disgrace when Helen Thomas’ is one of the few voices challenging any aspect of this admin’s practices and assaults on our freedoms. One of our local papers runs syndicated columns and cartoons, but won’t run Michael Ramirez. They printed letters from readers demanding they stop running Coulter (they did), Michelle Malkin (they didn’t stop, but she appears VERY infrequently) and others. But liberal idiots like Maureen Dowd and Cynthia Tucker are almost daily fare.

Tom_OC on July 2, 2009 at 12:30 PM

Ramirez is the best at having his finger on the pulse. He routinely hits it out of the park.

Thunderstorm129 on July 2, 2009 at 12:31 PM

…more music videos in their entirety in one day than MTV has in a month

MTV still plays music videos??

DamnYankee on July 2, 2009 at 12:33 PM

If Boener tries an MJ leg kick, he’ll be in a cast for a month. But BHO’s goth the moonwalk down pat. Looking like you’re going forward all the while, racing backward.

44Magnum on July 2, 2009 at 12:38 PM

Since Michael Jackson is gone, Boehner should quote the Beatles:

“So don’t you know that it’s a fool
Who plays it cool
By making his world a little colder.”

(from Hey Jude).

Steve Z on July 2, 2009 at 12:38 PM

goth = got

44Magnum on July 2, 2009 at 12:38 PM

I’m pissed (but not surprised) that 20/20 is replacing John Stossel’s expose on the Canadian healthcare system with an expose on MJ. UGH!

txag92 on July 2, 2009 at 12:40 PM

I agree. Cap-n-Trade is nothing but a tax increase, and it’s an absolute sin that the public wasn’t informed just how this would impact them personally before letting it get this far.

AnninCA on July 2, 2009 at 12:41 PM

i really dont think celebrity news should get much coverage at all with “major” news channels but michael jackson is a lot bigger than diana imo

saL on July 2, 2009 at 12:42 PM

Michael Ramirez wonders what it takes for the national media to focus on the biggest tax increase in American history, which is what the House passed last week.

Wondering? About what?

All of Obama’s key platform issues are overwhelmingly supported by the individual press members. Why would they ask questions about items they personally voted for via Obama?

patrick neid on July 2, 2009 at 12:43 PM

Ramirez nails it again.

BTW, Mother Theresa died the same week as Diana. Which one of them received worldwide accolades, and which one deserved them?

Vashta.Nerada on July 2, 2009 at 12:43 PM

Jackson mysteriously dies at roughly the same time Ogabe is ramming crap/trade down our throats.

Did the Lieutenant do ol’ Mike in? The coroner should be looking for Bat’leth hacks on his body.

Bishop on July 2, 2009 at 12:49 PM

Heard this morning that ABC-TV has yanked the upcoming John Stossel 20/20 special on Canada’s health care system, replacing it with a Jacko special. How convenient. Wouldn’t want anything Stossel says to get in the way of passing Obamacare, now would we. Dirty SOB’s.

petefrt on July 2, 2009 at 12:49 PM

Somebody has to deliver the gasoline to warm the damn planet, Barry or no Barry.

Limerick on July 2, 2009 at 12:25 PM

And I’ll be doing my part for freedom -freeing the CO2 that’s been imprisoned in fossil fuels for eons by those evil plants who kidnapped it from the atmosphere for their own greedy survival!

taznar on July 2, 2009 at 12:50 PM

What bothers me about the coverage of Jacko is not just that it is non-stop; but that it is obviously aimed at rehabilitating him the public mind. What stake does the Agit-prop media have in turning MJ the Pedophile into MJ the good family man? help me out

james23 on July 2, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Bishop on July 2, 2009 at 12:49 PM

Wasn’t MJ using Nation of Islam security? Hum…

HoustonRight on July 2, 2009 at 12:51 PM

Celebrity coverage is a lot easier than intellectual analysis. The latter is shifting more to the internet anyways.

kc8ukw on July 2, 2009 at 12:52 PM

What bothers me about the coverage of Jacko is not just that it is non-stop; but that it is obviously aimed at rehabilitating him the public mind. What stake does the Agit-prop media have in turning MJ the Pedophile into MJ the good family man? help me out

james23 on July 2, 2009 at 12:50 PM

It kinds of makes me laugh actually. For years now, MJ was treated as a punchline. While I’ll agree he was a tragic figure, he certainly does not deserve the sainthood he’s being attributed right now.

mjk on July 2, 2009 at 12:53 PM

Heard this morning that ABC-TV has yanked the upcoming John Stossel 20/20 special on Canada’s health care system, replacing it with a Jacko special. How convenient. Wouldn’t want anything Stossel says to get in the way of passing Obamacare, now would we. Dirty SOB’s.

I’m trying to convince everyone at my work that we’ll be losing our jobs because of Obamacare. I’m done with it now. They want increased taxes and no jobs? fine.

mjk on July 2, 2009 at 12:54 PM

O/T: Biden has to travel to Iraq to draw a crowd. Ordered to attend as they are, but still will be a crowd…and photo ops.

PappaMac on July 2, 2009 at 12:54 PM

I have decided that the media — TV news, newspapers, news magazines, the usual suspects — have been focusing on the Michael Jackson story because at their intellectual and educational level, that’s all that they feel they can understand. That they’re comfortable talking about death and plastic surgery and drugs because that’s what they personally know about.

Our media (and our current administration) do not, any more, know about Islam, nor war strategy, nor the Constitution, nor any of the multi-cultures they want to cram down the throats of the rest of us. When they do attempt to report on any of those larger issues, they make embarrassing mistakes which it’s really hard to thereafter ignore and might make an impact on their year-end salary raises.

Have the media (and the politicians) always been this stupid or is this a recent development? Edward R. Murrow seemed to have a pretty good handle on things, but now I’m questioning whether Uncle Walter Cronkite knew what the hell he was talking about when he assured us that Vietnam was a lost cause. Certainly by the time we reached Dan Rather ginning up documents to try to defeat Bush’s Presidential run, the mainstream media were irrevocably over the line in both stupidity and cupidity.

So let the media have their day chattering about the “unprecedented” helicopter ride that transported Michael’s body from the hospital to the morgue, or how poetic that was since he had always wanted to be Peter Pan and to be able to fly, or how delightful it will be to tie up some of LA’s major freeways for his funeral cortege.

The rest of us now know that the really smart people who know what they’re talking about are on the internet and we can read their blogs and comments there. We can turn off the sound of the MSM blather when we want to see pictures of an event, because that’s really all those “professional journalists” are good for any more, any way.

(And we pretty much never believe any politician any way, so really, Obama’s lies and tap dancing are not new, but merely deeper versions of the same sort of evil that’s gone back to Biblical times. Despite all of that, we’re still here so I’m hopeful that America as an entity will be strong enough to stand up to both President Pantywaist and the dinosaur media.)

NahnCee on July 2, 2009 at 12:56 PM

At the risk of upsetting the legions of Jacksonian Idol Worshippers out there, I am now sick and tired of hearing about how he was stupid enough to be taking drugs he shouldn’t have been taking in the first place and now he is dead and can’t be buried quick enough.

With all the REAL news that has been brushed aside this week to over-cover this possible pedophile’s death, it is now ridiculous to keep harping over every single detail, as mundane as it is, about this guy anymore.

Far better, more dignified people like Farrah Fawcett, Billy Mays, Ed McMahon, and Karl Malden all left us within the last 7 days, yet none of them is getting the coverage Jackson is getting, or now deserves.

Enough is enough with all the MJ Mania. Bury him, be done with the whole thing, and move on.

pilamaye on July 2, 2009 at 12:56 PM

The media is incurious and unable to multi-task. They ignore opposing voices. They are unprofessional, underqualified, and underhanded. They are willing to mislead us into two expensive wars against climate change and the medical system, they’re too stubborn to admit they’ve done anything wrong. Their grammar is slipping, and they are ruining our image with the more sophisticated world media.

It’s easy to diagnose, when you turn the projector around.

NellE on July 2, 2009 at 12:56 PM

The press has turned to yellow journalism. It started a few years ago. The Anna Nicole Smith debacle was a fevered pitch moment. Now, Sanford. Now, MJ. Now, John and Kate. Now, Palin is turned into a personal saga.

What else can you do as a journalist when you’re whipping out stories and no real resources left to do the real business of journalism?

You go for the cheap thrillers.

AnninCA on July 2, 2009 at 1:03 PM

And I’ll be doing my part for freedom -freeing the CO2 that’s been imprisoned in fossil fuels for eons by those evil plants who kidnapped it from the atmosphere for their own greedy survival!

taznar on July 2, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Now that is clever…Free CO2

right2bright on July 2, 2009 at 1:05 PM

When the fools in congress had a moment of silence for Michael Jackson that was it for me!Grrrr….Let’s have a moment of silence for our Military!!

christene on July 2, 2009 at 1:08 PM

On the media coverage of Jacko, I regret to report that I’ve gone conspirational. I think MSM is intentionally exploiting Jacko’s death to distract us from the treachery that is porkulus, nationalized health care, cap-and-trade, etc.

If this is the Brave New World, then pass the Soma. And make that a double, please.

petefrt on July 2, 2009 at 1:09 PM

Michael died for our sins Duh Won’s “Cap and Trade” scam.

Or something.

Sweet_Thang on July 2, 2009 at 1:12 PM

I wonder: will Elton John be singing his 3rd version of “Candle in the Wind” at the funeral?

Gawd, I hope not!

Sweet_Thang on July 2, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Sweet_Thang on July 2, 2009 at 1:12 PM

Yes, and BO’s health care legislation can be named after Jacko, instead of Teddy Kennedy… ☮

petefrt on July 2, 2009 at 1:16 PM

Just wait till the media circus when Ted Kennedy dies.

davidt on July 2, 2009 at 1:16 PM

i really dont think celebrity news should get much coverage at all with “major” news channels but michael jackson is a lot bigger than diana imo

saL on July 2, 2009 at 12:42 PM

Speak for yourself! I view them both as not much more than dust in the wind, but that’s just me!

Sweet_Thang on July 2, 2009 at 1:19 PM

Just wait till the media circus when Ted Kennedy dies.

davidt on July 2, 2009 at 1:16 PM

We’ll have to wait patiently I guess, and “cross that bridge when we come to it.”

I know, I know: boo, hiss!

Sweet_Thang on July 2, 2009 at 1:24 PM

I can’t help but think that the Iranian protesters might have been in a stronger position right now had the MJ freakshow not bumped them off page one and allowed Obama to comfortably ignore them in the absence of any political pressure.

SteakRules on July 2, 2009 at 1:29 PM

I can’t help but think that the Iranian protesters might have been in a stronger position right now had the MJ freakshow not bumped them off page one and allowed Obama to comfortably ignore them in the absence of any political pressure.

Nah*…there was nothing that could help. They couldn’t apparently move to the next step, which would have been a work strike.

It was a spontaneous uprising. Fascinating, but nobody obviously is generating a real revolt. I’m hoping they are now, however.

AnninCA on July 2, 2009 at 1:35 PM

Unfortunately the news media look at any media death as WORTHY of EXTREME coverage. Many will go to their graves believing the world will end with their death. (Keefums immediately jumps to mind). Little do they realize that most people won’t give a rats ass.

NEWS FLASH!! Michael Jackson, noted pedophile and musician IS STILL DEAD! News of a “resurrection” at NeverLand have been greatly over-hyped. Fans reported despondent. Mass suicides possible. More to follow.

GarandFan on July 2, 2009 at 1:44 PM

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Crusty on July 2, 2009 at 2:10 PM

Rush is quoting someone saying our problem is we are now the “United States of Entertainment”

scotash on July 2, 2009 at 2:42 PM

“So don’t you know that it’s a fool
Who plays it cool
By making his world a little colder.”

(from Hey Jude).

Steve Z on July 2, 2009 at 12:38 PM

+1

shick on July 2, 2009 at 2:53 PM

Come on NOW!!!

Cap and Trade will produce billions of jobs due to tighter regulations, higher taxes, higher energy costs, and getting that darn low inflation rate back up to Carter double digit levels. If that does not spur business capital investment and make the consumer open their wallets what will?

jukin on July 2, 2009 at 3:05 PM

NRO’s top 50 reasons to hate cap-’n-trade.
http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=YTc1MmVhMGYxY2UzNzAwMTJlODBjZjg2NDJjNmM2MWE=&w=MA==

Count to 10 on July 2, 2009 at 3:24 PM

MJ’s funeral. The perfect opportunity to sneak Cap’n Trade through the Senate?

ROCnPhilly on July 2, 2009 at 3:43 PM

I asked my mother how much she remembered about the Lindberg Baby kidnapping story. All she said was, ‘It was a really big deal.’

In high school civics the text books explained ‘yellow journalism’, and ‘muckraking’. I thought I understood it, but not until seeing how journalism hasn’t changed except for the method of delivery.

What is really sad is how easily so many people are manipulated, repeatedly, never learning.

Skandia Recluse on July 2, 2009 at 3:44 PM

If it hadn’t been Jackson’s death, the media would have had to invent something to take the public’s attention away from Washington.

MarkTheGreat on July 2, 2009 at 3:53 PM

IT’S ACTUALLY A BRILLIAN IDEA!!! At the risk of dishonoring a dead celebrity (like the media hasn’t checked that box already), Boehner should actually appear at the MJ media encampment and start grabbing facetime in any way possible to slap the zombies out of their coma. It’s truly out of the box brilliant, and it will eventually be the next option for politicians of any stripe wanting to salvage headlines from the sewage pipeline we call the media.

Western_Civ on July 2, 2009 at 3:58 PM

Ed, you’re forgetting that the MJ freak show is not over yet. We still have a big funeral to go thru.

Will that be another all day event too?

Knucklehead on July 2, 2009 at 12:27 PM

That’ll be the day the pass Cap & Trade in the senate.

milwife88 on July 2, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Fox News played more music videos in their entirety in one day than MTV has in a month.

That says more about what MTV has become than it says about Fox.

disa on July 2, 2009 at 5:02 PM

MTV still plays music videos??

DamnYankee on July 2, 2009 at 12:33 PM

Just so! ROFL

disa on July 2, 2009 at 5:05 PM

What stake does the Agit-prop media have in turning MJ the Pedophile into MJ the good family man?

Bear with me now.

Everything I’ve heard on the news over the years (blogs excluded) lead me to conclude that he was a person who never matured sexually to the point where he experienced lust. He was a very messed-up guy, and his fame both prevented him from accessing real psychological help and protected him from the need to seek it.

To this day I don’t believe he ever molested a child in the manner we imagine when using the word “pedophile.” There is no doubt that his desire to sleep with young boys was utterly inappropriate and could not be allowed, which is probably why he sought his own “sons.” It saddens me that so many people can have so little imagination and understanding of the human condition that everything must be either utterly predictable or some heinous unnatural act.

disa on July 2, 2009 at 5:20 PM

Agree. Don’t think he was a pedophile per se, and don’t think he had children to molest them. Think he had children because he was lonely and wanted someone to play games with (video and board games) 24/7. Think striking him off the board with a snarky “child molester” is lazy thinking.

NahnCee on July 2, 2009 at 7:25 PM