THE BLOG
03/22/2008 08:03 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

An Open Letter to the People Responsible for Cable Television News

Dear people responsible for cable television news,

Why exactly won't the you get-to-hell off the Pastor Wright story?

There's no new news there. Absolutely none. But there you are, breathlessly churning it, showing the same silly footage, working it for one more cycle.

If I didn't know better, I'd think you had a vested interest in keeping the story going. I'd think you were out to protect your phony-baloney jobs.

I'd think you were afraid of an intelligent discussion of race -- or any other significant issue.

I'd think you are either incapable of or unwilling to establish new programming formats. Formats where your, "on camera talent" didn't stick their grubby little fingers into the fissures in American politics and pick at the festering sores.

So here is one of those, "At long last, have you no sense of decency" moments.

C'mon you guys. Enough. The polarization format and trick doesn't work any more. This isn't the Clinton impeachment. We're not going to sit here and take it while you feed us hour after hour of rewarmed versions of "Crossfire".

We know how politics on cable TV works. We've seen it for years. It works like professional wrestling -- and in this case, the Reverend Wright as bad guy is getting old.

We're mad as hell. We're not going to take it any more. Give us real discussion about real issues. For once in your pissant blow-combed careers, give us substance.

Cover the way the government is selling our children and grandchildren into financial bondage. Put the unwinnable war back on top of the agenda. Hang the recession around the necks of the corporations and the stooges who caused it. Cover the mortgage crisis like the scandal it is.

Reverend Wright is not the problem. You are. You 're doing a disservice to the entire human race by kissing up to the corporations that own you and crapping down on the rest of us.

Enough. Please. Enough.