So, as most of you know by now, President Barack Obama came straight out of the blue this week with a decision to start up some crazy new offshore drilling campaign. I thought the decision was pretty strange myself -- but, hey, it's an opportunity to ask some pretty substantive questions.
For example: What changes can we expect in terms of our oil imports from the Middle East? Has the technology of drilling gotten better--are we less likely to experience the devastation of another oil spill? How is this decision going to affect the bottom line of oil companies? Will they reinvest this money back into America's devastated communities? Will they reinvest in energy solutions that are sustainable? In solutions that promote further independence from foreign oil? Is this going to increase jobs?
These are the sorts of things that your 24-hour news media could maybe take up in earnest. Unfortunately, they all had much better things to talk about. Who will win the political debate? Will this help or hurt Democrats? Will this earn them Republican support, on anything?
So, we made a little video of the entire day's festival of vapidity, boiled down into ten minutes. You'll enjoy how tremendously impressed the media's talking heads are with themselves for the way they expertly recalled that time someone said, "Drill, baby, drill." You'll get to hear the Original Hologram Jessica Yellin introduce an entirely holographic idea called "principled post-partisanship," to the bafflement of Rick Sanchez. You'll see that though the political press loves nothing more than to discuss the who's-up/who's-down side of this political decision, they don't even really know anything definitive on that topic either.
Oh, and if anyone actually knows the answers to any substantive question on how THE HOLES DRILLED IN THE OCEAN WILL IMPACT ACTUAL NON-BELTWAY DWELLING AMERICANS, could you please maybe send Contessa Brewer a tweet or an email or something? She apparently doesn't know any actual reporters, who do actual reporting.
Video produced by HuffPost's Ben Craw