And even though the fiscal cliff is preoccupying Washington, that doesn’t mean it is always engaging for the media. Important, sure, but is it really that interesting to talk about day in, day out?

“It’s the ‘Hangover 2’ of politics,” says CNN contributor and TheBlaze columnist Will Cain. “It’s incredibly tedious and repetitive, with moments of promise, but ultimately you know you’re being ripped off … There is a good cast of issues and opportunities, like tax reform, we should debate. But instead, we settle for small tweaks to a worn-out debate over minimal spending cuts versus raising taxes on the rich. Maybe next they can do the whole damn thing in Thailand.”

The phrase “looming fiscal cliff” has been uttered over 175 times on cable TV and appeared over 300 times in newspapers since the start of December. In an effort to up the drama, reporters and anchors warn the public each day about the impending danger of plunging off the fiscal cliff — but headlines also continue to tediously note that cliff talks are “bogged down,” “inching forward” or simply “going nowhere.”…

And even though the fiscal cliff is preoccupying Washington, that doesn’t mean it is always engaging for the media. Important, sure, but is it really that interesting to talk about day in, day out?…

Still, if most reporters are being honest, they’d most likely echo what Fox News host Shepard Smith bluntly told “Studio B” viewers recently: “I’m bored to tears with this story.”