The demands of media are not the demands of the American people. Everyone knows this.
Basically, journalists favor big, juicy stories. They like colorful characters and charisma. And they like puffing up some — inflating reputations as if they were balloons waiting for hot air — only to puncture them later on.
That’s what’s behind the continual discussion of Sarah Palin, the non-candidate.
She’s a media person herself. She’s the media’s No. 1 non-candidate.
The media’s No. 2 non-candidate? Gov. Chris Christie.
I’m a big fan of Christie, and I had positive things to say about Sarah Palin, very early in the last election cycle. But the attention given to these two, during the current campaign, has been mostly objectionable. It shows more what’s wrong with media folks than with the current slate of Republican presidential candidates.
Christie’s pluses — a no-nonsense limited government perspective from a successful state executive — are shared by at least one other candidate, former governor of New Mexico, Gary Johnson . . . who has been barred from most debates and virtually ignored by the media.
So why the fixation on Christie?
He makes for good story. He’s big. He fills the screen. And he’s more glib and polished than Johnson, or Paul or Bachmann or Perry.
In a perfect world, journalists would leave candidate selection to the parties and the people.
This is not a perfect world.
This, too, is not breaking news. But then, this is not reportage, either.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.