Where is torture just a game?

Answer: in newsrooms.  Unfortunately, the majority of the coverage of the Republican compromise on torture follows the media's “game orientation.”  The sad truth is that most reporters are not all that interested in policy and are much more interested in the game of politics– who's winning, who's losing, etc.  Rather than reporting on the policy implications of this compromise– will it really make us more safe?  less safe?  what kinds of torture are we endorsing or eliminating?  is this good or bad for our country?  i.e., tough questions, the media would rather focus on the political winners and losers.  Did McCain get what he wants?  Did Bush get what he wants?  Who's the “winner” in the compromise?  And who is the loser when the press takes this narrow and short-sighted approach to covering news?  A: The American public.  The Carpetbagger has a nice take here

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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