Monday, November 19, 2007

Sea Sick

Andrea Seabrook is a strange choice for host of Sunday's All Things Considered. She has a bubbly, "Oh wow!" tone with nearly every story, and often reads her script in a deliberate overly emphatic way. It's the insulting tone that people uncomfortable with children often use when speaking to children. Apparently she also thinks her audience is made up of complete imbeciles, too.

Yesterday she was just bursting with enthusiasm for the "Fiscal Wake-Up Tour," which she described as "a new Al Gore-style traveling slide show...about the breakdown of the federal budget."

Regarding the monstrous Federal deficits, you might wonder if the tour addresses the current, deliberate tax policy of the US federal government which transfers wealth UP the income ladder to the wealthiest segments of the US population (a trend that long preceded the rabid Bush administration).

You'd be far, far off the mark if you were thinking about that. No, the targets of the Wake-Up Tour are - want to guess? - medicare, medicaid and social security! As NPR notes on it's website summary of the piece, "What's the biggest problem? Among these experts, it's Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security — the promised future benefits for retirees and the poor and sick."

That's not so surprising given that the obvious goal of the Bush administration (and neoliberals) has been to destroy Social Security and Medicare. But what you'll be surprised to learn from Andrea Seabrook is that "what makes the Fiscal Wake-Up Tour different is that this time the warning sirens are not being used to sell a political agenda." Not selling a political agenda! I'm not making this up - and it gets worse. She goes on with this bit of mind-numbing stupidity:
"In fact the tour includes policy experts from across the ideological spectrum. There's Stuart Butler from the conservative Heritage Foundation...and there's Douglas Elmendorf from the left-leaning Brookings Institution."
There it is: the wide open ideology NPR News, from the Heritage Foundation to the "left-leaning" (that is priceless, eh?) Brookings Institution.

Help me, I think I'm feeling a wee bit sick.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Confession: I missed Sunday's morning show. But this:

"Andrea Seabrook is a strange choice for host of Sunday's All Things Considered. She has a bubbly, "Oh wow!" tone with nearly every story, and often reads her script in a deliberate overly emphatic way. It's the insulting tone that people uncomfortable with children often use when speaking to children. Apparently she also thinks her audience is made up of complete imbeciles, too."

EXACTLY captures how I've felt about Seabrook. Kudos!

big!pink!fuzzy!bunny! said...

That's right, America! Don't get old, don't get sick, and sure as f___ don't lose your jobs!

Some wake-up tour alright.

Tim McCready said...

It's amazing that she has lasted this long. Her goofy ebullience seems less appropriate for a news host than, say, a seventh-grade talent show MC. I just can't stand it. I found your post by googling "Andrea Seabrook is a"