“The thing I find most disheartening of this campaign is the difficulty of talking about large ideas on a large scale, because the news media can’t cover it and candidly, my opponents can’t comprehend it,” Mr. Gingrich said…A little memo to both Mr. Gingrich and Politico: Many people in America are struggling with brutal choices like whether to pay for child care or medical coverage, so forgive them if they are not completely up-to-date on every nuance of the Beltway politics parlor game. It’s too bad that the primary process involves messy things like actual voters and a grimy press corps, but nobody ever said democracy would be pretty. But maybe the voters aren’t all that dumb and maybe the media is just reflecting a very unsettled time on the right-hand side of American politics.
So its all our fault, Mr. Gingrich? Or is it the fault of the media? Newt Gingrich claims that the reason he has failed in securing more of the primary votes over the last few months is that the media hasn’t given him the proper coverage and that this has translated in the American public being more “stupider” than usual. But, can you blame the media?
Is it the job of the the American media to translate big ideas into small soundbites, or should the candidates instead learn how to explain their policies in a way that makes sense? In addition, can we blame the media make the race, well more racier? Would the American people rather watch a policy debate between a bunch of stale, boring college professors or a boxing match between two insult slinging, religious fanatics? Mr. Gingrich may need to point fingers at the candidates themselves, and spend less time blaming the people and their messanger.