Breaking news: Generals Have Sex!

Executive summary: It’s safe to ignore what’s happening in the news on TV.

I just tuned into MSNBC while I had lunch and caught the press conference with Jay Carney, White House spokesperson. The reporters want to know how the President feels about a general having sex. The logical, adult answer would be — I don’t really have an opinion about that. And that would be the end of it, because there’s lots of sex going on all the time, and it isn’t news.

Right about now the press should be having the same soul-search the Repubs are having about why they were so surprised by the election. Why did they waste enormous hours “discussing” absolutely nothing in the time time leading up to the election. Instead, as if to prove they aren’t doing anything, the big story is about a general’s sex life.

PS: At some point in this “story” I expect Gary Tuchman or John King to get in front of one of those dazzling computer displays with an illustration of a penis and a vagina. They would then proceed to explain how it works. Then Alex Costellanos and David Gurgen could give the Republican view of sex, and Paul Begala could explain the Democratic view. Wolf Blitzer would proclaim it “very interesting.”

PPS: Chuck Todd on MSNBC would show some numbers and Karl Rove on Fox would explain that Republicans don’t have sex, so STFU.


About Dave Winer

Dave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.
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