Post-election, Mitt Romney has not exactly faded from view.
The tabloids - and some more serious media - are still showing us snapshots of Mitt Romney, private citizen.
Perhaps that's inevitable now that we have cellphones that can snap photos. We all become paparazzi, except not premeditated. We see a famous person and snap a photo. And the tabloids are more than happy to buy those photos.
But, for whatever reason, I swear we're seeing more of Mitt Romney than we have of other recent defeated Presidential candidates so soon after the election. Does anyone remember seeing much of Michael Dukakis after his defeat? Of course, John McCain just settled back into being a U.S. senator, albeit highly visible.
The NEW REPUBLIC's Alec MacGillis suggests of Romney: "Here is someone who lost who is actually going around and behaving like someone who lost..." Beyond that, MacGillis reminds us how candidate Mitt Romney had a depressing effect on web traffic and newsstand sales.
This is non-news. Is it really that big of a deal to see Romney riding a roller-coaster at Disney?
If Romney were in Syria, brokering a cease-fire, then he deserves to be in the newspaper.
Journalism has gone down the toilet.
Mike from Delaware
Thu, Dec 6, 2012 10:17am
Teatime, here is the good news in terms of this story. If this is a big story for the media then it must be a slow news day. Nothing bad to report or no significant violent actions must have happened nationally to bump this story from national view. You know the formula, if it bleeds it leads.
Mike from Delaware
Thu, Dec 6, 2012 10:21am
Teatime, another spin on this might be... Talk-show hosts like a Rick Jensen or Rush Limbaugh might say: "Look at all the attention the 'evil, liberal drive-by media' are giving to Romney NOW that he's lost the election. Think about it folks, those folks in the drive-by media are kind of rubbing all of our noses in the fact that Romney lost the election. See? Folks in the liberal media have no shame"... Etc., etc., rant continues till next spot break.
Thu, Dec 6, 2012 10:37am
Except some of the greatest attention has come in Right-leaning tabloids.
Seems like almost every day I see a photo piece (about Romney) in The DAILY MAIL on line...
Remember, such tabloid sites know immediately the number of "hits" they get for such stories, and respond accordingly...
So, "liberal media", or for-profit enterprises (often editorially conservative) responding to public demand?
Thu, Dec 6, 2012 10:57am
My first thought was the slow newsday line. The fact that Allan picked this for his blog confirms it for me. But realizing this is in the Daily Mail backs up the “number of hits” approach also. Drudge has resorted to posting really off-the-wall items to keep getting attention. The page is almost looking like the “News of the World” tabloid. Any day I expect a story like “Elvis Spotted With 3-Headed Space Alien.”
The so-called “fiscal cliff” story is stalled. Princess Kate having serious trouble can only go so far as a story since we cannot, and should not, report details. Last year at this time we were being flooded with stories about each of the Republican candidates for president until we were tired of them by primary time. Besides the Speaker of the House, there is no other Republican worth reporting about. That may explain the Romney stories. His is a Republican name everyone knows. So we make up news to fill space. The evils of the 24/7 news coverage are all too apparent.
Thu, Dec 6, 2012 11:49am
Yet I can't help but note here:
I posted two blogs today, not one.
The previous one - a serious critique of President Obama's foreign policy position and the world's troublespots - has yet to provoke a comment.
As much as we may lament the tabloidization of the news - as much as we may decry seemingly lighter fare - hasn't this imbalance of reactions (even among the mostly serious people who comment here) underscored the problem (if it is a problem)? People would rather rhapsodize about Mitt Romney -- or, in this case, the media's treatment of Mitt Romney -- than the finer points about the Palestinians, the Russians, etc.?
Thu, Dec 6, 2012 2:31pm
@Allan - Or, people go straight to the first post they see from you. Be it in the recent updates feed on WDEL's homepage, or go to the blog page and only see your most recent post, we see the Romney one first, and sometimes don't bother to go down to see that there's another post.
Or, truly, we all do like a good tabloid story. :)
Thu, Dec 6, 2012 2:50pm
That's why I now regret I didn't reverse the order of the posts... just to prove something to you guys!
(But the right-hand column of recent updates on our main page displays MORE than one headline!)
That said, certain posts continue to pick up comments - and even longer, "hits" - long after they're not prominently displayed. For example, my Tom Gordon column of a week ago!
Thu, Dec 6, 2012 3:32pm
Mr. Loudell brings up a great point, about the higher number of responses he received on the Romney blog.
But let's be clear, the tabloidization of the media has reached extremes.
Witness: The New York Post published a front page of a guy about to get hit by a train, with a blaring headline, "This guy is about to die..."
Even worse, the tabloid photographer who took that photo did nothing to help the man off the train tracks. All he did was snap a juicy photo of the man dying, because he knew he could cash in on the photo.
Journalists should take a deep look into the mirror and see whether they've lost their souls.
Thu, Dec 6, 2012 9:09pm
Teatime: I suspect the photographer would have also been killed trying to help the man off the tracks. Unless you've been in an accident, you have no idea how quickly they happen.
That said, I too think that they should take a look at themselves in the mirror.
Thu, Dec 6, 2012 9:15pm
Allan: I think it's time for everybody Republican and Democrat to move on from Mitt Romney. He lost the election, and I warned the Republican establishment long ago that he wasn't winnable. He won't be running again, so it's time for the GOP to look to the future and find some truly conservative candidates who are also good at public relations.
If I were Reince Priebus, the first thing I would make sure of is that each potential candidate understands that August 16th is NOT Elvis's birthday!
Fri, Dec 7, 2012 9:10am
For those who don't know, Elvis died that day.
Fri, Dec 7, 2012 9:15am
Rick Jensen brought it up on his show, and after several days, I'd have to agree there are many similarities between 2004 and this election; the difference is a different party won. But until someone else steps in to fill the vacuum, Romney will be discussed for historical reasons if nothing else.
There was speculation, even that Kerry might run in 2008, which until Obama sucked all the air out of the room, people thought that a Kerry/Clinton fight might materialize, and that Kerry (because of Massachusetts) had the upper hand in New Hampshire....
Again, my main prediction. No one will move past Romney until one of the candidates does.... It would be nice if they did, but I predict it will not happen.
Mike from Delaware
Fri, Dec 7, 2012 10:02am
Allan said,"Except some of the greatest attention has come in Right-leaning tabloids.
Seems like almost every day I see a photo piece (about Romney) in The DAILY MAIL on line..."
I agree, but to right wing talkers like a Rick Jensen or Rush Limbaugh, its all about getting the audience worked up into a frenzy about some evil the liberal elite, the drive by liberal media, Obama, etc, etc, is doing to destroy the nation, so they'd just conveniently ignore the fact that its a right wing tabloid that's pushing the story, and give their listeners what they want, a daily rant about the evil liberals. It is what it is. Its radio, it gets ratings and sponsors.
Sat, Dec 8, 2012 2:25am
MFD: You continue to bash Rush Limbaugh, but it's undeniable that everything he's been warning us about for 20 years is happening under our noses. How much longer will America remain in denial? Will it take terrorist attacks in shopping malls to wake people up? Will it take take the total collapse of our currency to understand what's at stake?
As for Rick Jensen, I've been a guest on his show, and I can testify that he's not the sensationalist you make him out to be. Rick and everyone else at WDEL/WSTW have rolled out the red carpet for me and I can only express my eternal gratitude.
Sat, Dec 8, 2012 9:24am
Kavips: Another little-known fact about August 16th, 1977, is that a young 22-year-old reporter named Allan Loudell was living and working in Memphis at the time and was first to break the news that the King of Rock 'n Roll had died.
Mike from Delaware
Sat, Dec 8, 2012 12:58pm
Mrpizza: Right out of the chute let's get one thing straight, its not personal, as I don't know either man.
Both Jensen and Limbaugh have an agenda. You happen to agree with their agenda, I don't. My biggest problem with both Jensen and Limbaugh is not so much their political views, as I agree with them on some things (disagree on others), but both Rick and Rush present the view that all DEMS are evil socialists and are wrong all the time vs the purer than the driven snow GOP that,(their view) is always correct and only doing what's best for all Americans. We should genuflect in front of the elephant and spit on the donkey, etc, etc.
I don't care for Al Missetti's show because of his "Bill Maher like" bashing and mocking of Christianity and the church that includes not just how Christians don't always act like Jesus as well as they should (on that he's not always incorrect), but the bigger issue for me is, he also bashes belief in Jesus himself as Son of God. That's why I stopped listening, because that is so offensive to me. It doesn't really matter as Al and WDEL don't really care if I listen I'm 61 and their advertisers don't care if someone my age listens). So now I tune in to WDEL for Allan's mid day newscast and Phillies/Eagles/ other national network radio football/baseball games and just skip the talk shows.
I wonder how many listeners Al's lost due to his anti-Jesus rantings (this is large Catholic, Methodist, Lutheran populated area even if a more liberal area than Lower Delaware). Of course the Christian haters, that generally are liberal "secular" DEMS (not all DEMS fit this category) probably love it, so he possibly gains listeners from that group, so a zero loss to WDEL and Al's ratings and they probably are younger listeners than the "religious" listeners so the station gains in ad revenue and having a better demo, which of course is the bottom line.
But in the political realm (not religious realm) Missetti has acknowledged many times on his show some good stuff about the GOP even though he's a DEM/lib and makes no bones about his view point. THAT's the big difference and why Al's political commentary for my ear is more believable, because NEITHER side (DEMS or GOP) is wrong 100% of the time or is correct 100% of the time. Neither side (DEM/GOP) is trying to destroy America, etc, etc. Obama isn't the anti-Christ or evil any more than Bush Jr. or Romney are. THAT's the crap I totally hate about both Rick Jensens's show and Rush's show. They are so biased as to make their viewpoint irrelevant, so why waste my time listening to these windbags? They are "secular preachers" preaching their version of America.
I assume that both Jensen and Limbaugh are nice, decent people, who might make decent neighbors, but I can't stand listening to either of them (I've said the same thing about Sarah Palin, but totally disagree with her viewpoints).
The additional thing about Rick Jensen's on air style I personally do not like is he tries to sound hip and cool dude and 5 minutes of that is all I can stomach. It's kind of like watching a middle aged woman trying to dress cool like her teenage daughter, everyone just laugh's behind her back - her day has passed and she needs to be who she really is. That's how Rick Jensen's on air persona strikes me, a phoney-baloney, trying to be slick and failing, I can't help it, that's how his on air persona strikes my ear. So on top of the manure he's shoveling, his presentational style makes him even less believable for my 61 year old ear. It doesn't sound natural for him. Al, with his other faults, doesn't do that, even Rush doesn't do that. So I'm only bad mouthing their shows and styles, not them personally, because I don't know either man personally.
Oddly enough I also listen to the 1290 WWTX the Fox Sports Talk station's Dan Patrick Show and Jim Rome Show. Those guys are younger and do talk using younger vernacular. The difference is it sounds right coming from them, it doesn't sound not put on as it does with Jensen. It is what it is. So its fine that you choose to listen to both Rick and Rush (must be a pain as they both are on at the same time), but I choose to listen to something else. THAT's what just another thing that makes America great, choice on the radio dial.
Sun, Dec 9, 2012 1:10am
This is about 8 minutes long. It is a history lesson. Just thought, since the illusions being made by both sides of talk radio are featured above, I'd thought I pass along this dose of reality....
I've made 5 people look at it already, and they have passed it forward... I hope that is because it is just that good... But it explains everything clearly....
MFD: Actually, Dan Patrick is 56 years old. He was an ESPN Sportscenter anchor for years before he went independent in 2007. He also appears with Tony Dungy on the NBC Sunday Night Football broadcasts.
I don't know much about Jim Rome. I do know ESPN titled his show "Jim Rome is Burning", I guess in a reference to the fall of ancient Rome.
I wasn't aware of Al Mascitti's anti-Jesus rantings, but then I rarely listen to him. I have met him a couple of times at the station, and in person he's a gentleman like all the others. He also showed his support for the Hare's Corner post office when we were facing the possibility of closure, and had our union reps on his show, so I try to focus on what I have in common with him. He's also the podcast editor, so I must stay in his good graces if I want my appearances on the station archived.
Just for the record, I do agree that the majority of liberal politicians are evil as advertised by Rush and Rick. However, I believed that long before either one of those hosts were ever heard of or conservative talk radio even existed. My distrust of the Democrats goes back over 30+ years of observation. I've never seen much difference between them and the Soviet Politburo. In fact, the Russian version may be a little lighter for my tastes.
Mike from Delaware
Sun, Dec 9, 2012 1:43pm
If Dan Patrick is 58 years old, then he does the schtick far better than Jensen, who's around the same age, ah the magic of radio. It works with Patrick, doesn't with Jensen. Jensen should give it up and just be himself. It is what it is.
Come on Mrpizza, you truly see the DEMS as evil?? No difference between them and old Soviet Politburo?? The Soviet Politburo may be lighter than American DEMS?? Let's see, hundreds of thousands of Christians were put in gulags for their faith in the old Soviet Union's Communist government. ONLY Soviet government "licensed" churches were allowed to exist. I hate Political Correctness, but it ain't even close to the crap the Soviet Christians had to endure. You insult and belittle the sacrifices of the Soviet Christians and the martyrs who gave their lives for Christ in the USSR. I'm sorry, you've cross over the line on this issue. We'll just have to agree to disagree.
Read the book "Tortured for Christ" by Richard Wurmbrand, a Romanian Christian. Then tell me that the Democratic party is the same as the Soviet/Communist/Romania governments.
Sun, Dec 9, 2012 10:01pm
MFD: Okay, I'll concede your point. However, I still consider the Democrats to be the modern-day pharisees. I made that observation back when Reagan was president. They're much worse now, as there are no Zell Millers or JFK's left. Pelosi and Reed are as high and mighty and arrogant as anything I've ever seen. At least Gorbachev appears to have some class, if only in the outward appearance.
I also think that if the Democrats' policies are allowed to continue and reach their logical conclusions, the gulags you describe above could be an eventuality. Probably beyond our lifetimes, but still possible. In Canada, they've prosecuted at least one pastor for preaching against homosexuality. That seems not far from happening here. Once they start jailing Christians, can the gulags be very far away?
Mike from Delaware
Mon, Dec 10, 2012 8:14am
Mrpizza said, ". In Canada, they've prosecuted at least one pastor for preaching against homosexuality."
That was why I didn't vote for any DEMS in this past election. This scenario could be a reality in America within our lifetime.
But that doesn't mean I agree with the other GOP views, many of them I don't, especially where it comes to they're supporting ONLY the upper 2% as the rest of us sink more and more into poverty and their lack of compassion for the lesser than thee.
Faith without works is dead.....I'll show you my faith by my good works - James
Somehow the GOP edited that verse out of their Bibles.
Mon, Dec 10, 2012 10:27am
Glimpses of Romney... add him to the Pacquiao fight Sat night.... He was sitting one row back from the ring with his mouth wide open....
The candid moment reminded me of the enthusiasm with which Biden is sometimes portrayed...
Mike: The only thing I can say about the imaginary upper 2% is this: DON'T BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU!
Mike from Delaware
Tue, Dec 11, 2012 8:19am
Kavips: I finally got around to watching that 8-minute video that has Ed Asner telling the story. Always liked the shows he starred in as Lou Grant. Good to hear his voice again. That cartoon explains it quite well. Well done video. Thanks for the link.
Tue, Dec 11, 2012 8:45am
Mike from Delaware,
By the way, I had the pleasure of meeting Ed Asner when he visited one of my radio stations, in Memphis (WHBQ).
For everyone else, "pleasure" DOESN'T = agree with all his views. As with most people I meet, Right, Left, Libertarian, or Centrist.
Mike from Delaware
Tue, Dec 11, 2012 10:32am
I agree Allan. While at WILM ( I don't remember if it was while you were still there or after you went to WDEL), I had the pleasure to meet- as I interviewed - (at the Hotel DuPont) Christiane Amanpour (CNN & ABC); Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Dr. Robert Ballard who found and photographed, etc., the Titanic, among many other interesting adventures at sea that are part of his career. I may not agree with all their views, but it was a real pleasure to meet them and talk to them first hand.
I know I'd not agree with many of Barbara Streisand's views, but I've enjoyed her movies and her music for years, so it would be a pleasure to meet this talented woman someday.
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