Over at the Boston Globe, Tom Giratikanon and the Globe's staff have put together a must-read chart, which compares the concerns raised by today's Twitter Town Hall respondents to the questions that journalists have asked Obama in the past two weeks of White House Briefings. What does it reveal? Basically, it reveals something I've been yammering on and on about since time began, it seems! Beltway journalists are seriously divorced from the concerns of ordinary Americans.
Here's an actual valuable thing we can take away from the Twitter Town Hall, hooray! Peep how the numbers stack up on just "jobs," "deficit," "taxes," and "the economy."
I'm sure it surprises no one that the average citizen is primarily concerned about jobs, since they are either in the teeth of the massive, underreported unemployment crisis in America themselves or they have a loved one who is. But visualizing the chronic disconnect in this way puts the matter in stark relief. Naturally, the one issue that remains an obsession with journalists is the deficit. And when it comes to their obsession with the debt ceiling negotiations, again, a huge disparity reveals itself:
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what a Beltway media obsession looks like. (For more on how out-of-proportion the current debt ceiling debate coverage has been, click here.)
Elsewhere, there are few things that surprise me. Journalists care more about the horserace side of politics than normal people do, though to their credit, they also ask more questions about war. Definitely click on over and check out the full breakdown.
What Twitter users asked the president [Boston Globe]
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