Tea Partiers have two career tracks: get elected or become a pundit. And it often seems like they’re using one to audition for the other.
It is no surprise that political candidates want to be in the spotlight-and are willing to do just about anything to stay there once it appears that their star is no longer on the rise. But, how can can we take seriously the campaign promises of those who appear to be aiming for the pundits seat rather than the oval office?
It appears that many candidates begin courting major news outlets at just about the same time as they begin running for office; a sort of “fail safe” plan in case anything goes wrong. While no one can blame the candidates themselves, I wonder if the same can be said for the news stations? While we have always know that the relationship between the news media and politicians is a cozy one, we have to wonder whether courting political candidates at the initial stages of their campaign isn’t blurring the lines between objectivity and blatant fawning? How can we trust the coverage of these candidates if they are waiting in the wings, likely to replace the very reporter interviewing them? Should we as consumers demand more from our news purveyors or are they simply delivering exactly what we ask for?