So yeah, the President sat down with the guy from Hangover.
No, not the good-looking guy. The funny guy. The one who kept his teeth.
Even the White House’s own website touts President Obama’s encounter with Zach Galifianakis by stating: “all your friends have probably seen it already, don’t be “that guy” who hasn’t.”
You can watch the video here. The exchange is at times amusing, yes occasionally funny.
And we should be outraged.
Ours is a Republic, one with a proud tradition of serious journalism.
Serious, independent, and investigative journalism is pivotal to the health of a republic.
And our republic today is sick, sick. It is bought and sold to special interest groups, collapsing under the weight of materialism and militarism. Our politicians rarely exert genuine leadership.
Why should we rejoice when the President avoids meeting with serious journalists, and instead entertains conversations with comedians? This is a day to mourn the state of what passes as journalism, and to mourn the state of our republic.
Where is Helen Thomas today?
Why is that legacy off TV today?
Where is the legacy of Edward R. Murrow holding the feet of politicians to the fire?
What would be Obama’s response to today’s Murrow, roaring against the curbing of civil rights and liberties at home while we claim to defend freedom abroad?
What would Obama answer to his surveillance mechanism when he is reminded of Murrow’s comment:
“We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.”
You want to impress us, Mr. President?
Have a one-on-one with Amy Goodman.
Take on Bill Moyers.
That would be must-see TV, and a measure of the health of the republic.
If I want to watch a slapstick “guyflick”, I’ll go watch Zach Galifianakis in one of the 17 Hangover films.
In a healthy Republic, the government of the people, by the people, for the people is confronted, scrutinized, and has to be held accountable.
What we need is not for the President to meet with a comedian, but to confront serious, tough, principled journalists.
The problem is not that Obama sat down with a comedian.
It that he has avoided serious independent journalists, settling for the corporate variety that does nothing to advance the health of a republic.