I love musicians. The really good ones always surprise me in the level of their intellectual thoughts.

Case in point: Dave Matthews. Say what you want about his music, that is a group of no-kidding musicians who know their craft.

In this interesting interview, Dave Matthews talks with CNN about racism in America. Now, I don’t necessarily buy the idea that all the opposition to the President’s plans is because of a societal fear of color, but I think this exchange regarding the media and how it feeds the frenzy is rather insightful…

I think a lot of it has to be on the press. We give the podium to a lot of people who shouldn’t have the podium. The message that’s delivered the loudest and in the most entertaining way is the one that we’re going to put on because that’s what we want. We want ratings more than we want to deliver information. That’s just where the culture’s gotten.

There’s no way that Walter Cronkite, as a young journalist, no way Ed Murrow would be hired to do news today. Not a chance.

CNN: Because they’re too low-key? Because they’re not bombastic?

Matthews: Because they’re thoughtful, and they’re patient, and they’re tying to tell you a truly balanced story. They’re trying to impart information. I don’t think that’s the goal [now] because it’s not a good business plan.

Well said…well said.

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One Response to Genius

  1. Niall says:

    Very articulate statement from Matthews. However, he forgets that Edward R. Murrow used to do the news with a trained chimp on The Today Show in the 50s. He started out doing exactly the kind of news Matthews condemns.

    The other issue that he doesn’t mention is the birth of 24 hour news channels, that have an insatiable hunger for talking heads and pundits to fill air time. That’s where we’re getting all these ranting morons getting air time. Someone like Glenn Beck would have been confined to regional radio back in the day – but now he has a national TV platform. That’s the real difference.

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