Silly Season Begins

Andrew Sullivan —  Apr 13 2012 @ 2:15pm

by Patrick Appel

First Read dissects yesterday's manufactured controversy:

The fact is, these next few months before the conventions are probably going to be filled with these manufactured “shiny metal object” controversies because of what we noted — just how professionalized both political parties are at creating them. And some in the media are easily susceptible to helping these manufactured controversies go viral because they are seen as simply “more interesting” than the serious “eat your vegetables”-like issues that divide the two parties.

Brendan Nyhan agrees:

When few competing stories exist and political reporters are starved for material, any whiff of scandal or controversy can create a feeding frenzy (PDF). A bored media is dangerous for politicians.