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Thursday, January 23, 2003

media and society

-- media and society -- springer: tv show, opera ... senator?

Talk show host Jerry Springer said he's considering a run for the U.S. Senate: Talk show host Jerry Springer has a secret of his own to share: He's considering running for the U.S. Senate next year. Springer, a Democrat, said he'll decide by summer whether to challenge George Voinovich, a Republican who has said he'll run for a second term in 2004.

Oh. Oh, my.

Well, that could certainly make for an exciting primary season in Ohio. Plus, he could use his show as a debate forum! Just imagine:

DEBATE MODERATOR: (for argument's sake, let's say it's Ricki Lake, since she's got even less control over her audience than Springer): So, Mr Springer, what's your position on the administration's ongoing tax cuts?
SPRINGER: Well, I don't think they're very well thought out or planned. Although I understand the sentiment behind them, it might be better for the country to pay all its bills before cutting taxes to the wealthy. And I am wealthy, so I know what I'm talking about.
RICKI: Senator Voinovich, your position?
STUDIO AUDIENCE: Boo! Hiss! Go to hell, ya bum! Boo! [bleepety bleep bleep bleep and perhaps even bleeeper bleep bleep]
VOINOVICH: I just want to say --
STUDIO AUDIENCE: (more of the same. The censors will be vastly entertained, and quite busy.)
SPRINGER: Now, come on, let the man talk. (The audience quiets down a bit.)
VOINOVICH: Well, I think that it's always a good idea to let people keep more of their own money--
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Screw you, Voinovich!
VOINOVICH: Oh, yeah? Well
[many many words bleeped out, because who knew that a senator even understood some of those concepts? And at least half of them are anatomically improbable anyway.]

Seriously, that could be one Senate race that would actually be interesting to watch on television. Not informative, precisely, but then, how much televised political coverage is all that informative?

Posted by iain at 04:07 PM in category media and society