Avoiding the Gerbils

If I watch any part of the conventions this week or next, it will be on C-SPAN.

Jon Stewart explains why.

In a breakfast with reporters, Stewart directed most of his ire at the 24-hour cable news networks, which he called “gerbil wheels,” and said the media at-large had “abdicated” to what he called the “slow-witted beast.”

He said the never-ending television news cycle creates a “false sense of urgency” and forces reporters to “follow the veins that have been mined,” instead of pursuing serious and in-depth reporting.

And, of course, I’ll be watching the Daily Show to get the most intelligent analysis of those marathon infomercials to be found anywhere.

Like this:

In preparation for the Republicans, a billboard near the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport.

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