Let’s be real: not every post on this blog can discuss the media relations implications of current events or best practices for media relations professionals. We all work with the media regularly, and in so doing, our view of the media inevitably evolves. If you’re like me, every once in awhile (or perhaps more often than that), you see something that just makes you lose faith in the state of today’s mainstream consumer media.
Case in point: Earlier this week, Bush coincidentally scheduled a press conference to coincide with a press conference from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. Cooperation you ask? Not a chance. Bush clearly sought to trump Bernanke, but the media would never report on the economic state of our nation by following a Bush conference over one from Bernanke, Right? … or would they? The scariest part about this situation is that if it weren’t for The Daily Show, many (including yours truly) wouldn’t have even been aware that Bernanke spoke on the economy.
Media Rants offer the Dynamic Media Relations bloggers a chance to do just that – rant, but in this case, I’ll defer to the master – The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart. So if you’ve got 8 minutes to spare, you’ll laugh and you’ll probably shutter with fear in response to the judgment or lack thereof that you’re about to see.
So have a look at The Daily Show Segment, “It’s the Stupid Economy” … to better understand why the media would listen to an optimist instead of an economic expert …