I do believe that the television, at least major network and cable television, has become so terrible in quality that it isn’t worth turning on except to possibly watch a DVD or PBS. I know that some in this Great Recession have opted to cancel their cable and don’t seem to be missing out on anything for doing so. But today, learning that former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has inked a deal with Fox (er Faux) News has pretty much confirmed why I don’t watch TV.
The Miami Herald reports:
“Palin is expected to provide political commentary and analysis for a number of Fox properties, including Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, FoxNews.com and special event political programming for Fox Broadcasting.”
This is a woman who struggled giving answers to basic questions about her candidacy on the McCain-Palin ticket and then went back to her home state to quit her elected position in the middle of her term. I’m quite confident that there are more articulate and informed voices to fill the void, even at a place like Fox News. However, until we start to expect more from these media types collectively and from our society at large, I think that we will be stuck with the Sarah Palins of the world adding to the political discourse.