Saturday, July 12, 2008

More Access means More Democracy--Obviously!

More access means more democracy?
Jamison Foser at Media Matters catches Ana Marie Cox doing her job as wide eyed simpleton: More...

McCain's traveling press corps, I think, tend to like him very much and are appreciative of that time that he spends with them. And, even though the access is not as good as it used to be, there's a great deal of effort put into making journalists, you know, sort of a part of the process. And his staff, you know, loves to hang out with journalists. And so, there's just sort of an aura of access.


Anyway, I mean, I think it's, like, sort of like obvious ... that, like, more access is good for democracy.

McCain's Maverickly delicious with the access, having arranged

a "special area" with a couch and captain's chairs where McCain will conduct interviews -- and that Salter said "only the good reporters" would get to sit in the area; "You'll have to earn it."

That's going to go a long way to ensuring democracy in action. Check out how well it worked for the plebes in the Court of The Sun King:

If you wanted to sit down at the court of Louis XIV at Versailles, you had to look to see who was in the room first. Duchesses could sit on a stool in the presence of the King or the sons and daughters of France. If there was only a grandson of France present, they were permitted to sit in a chair with a back. Their husbands, however, could only take a stool, although in the presence of a prince of the blood, i.e., one of the more distant relations of the King - an armchair was allowed. The princes of the blood stood in the presence of the King, stood, then took an armchair for the Dauphin, sat on a chair with a back with the grandsons of France, and were only allowed an armchair when no one but other princes of the blood and inferiors were in the room.
oh, sorry, no plebes in the royal court. My bad.