[Ed. Note: Sam Seder, Janeane Garofolo and the Majority Report Team will be guest blogging this weekend on ThinkProgress.org from the HBO Comedy Festival in Aspen, CO.]
Greetings from Aspen!
We’re here in Colorado to broadcast our Air America Radio show, “The Majority Report,” live from the HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. As part of the festival, tomorrow, our co-host Janeane Garofalo will be in a panel called “Wag the Debate,” sponsored by none other than the Center for American Progress.
Everyone on our staff is a big fan of the new thinkprogress.org project, so we jumped at the opportunity to guest-blog. And since we’re much, much better looking than Judd Legum (and, to be honest, than most of the thinkprogress.org staff), we figured we could add some much-needed show-business glitz to this thing. But then Judd vetoed our photo submissions, on the basis that radio doesn’t qualify as show-business glitz. After giving it some thought, we decided he was right, so we’re just sticking to the words.
One of the things we’ve focused on time and time again on the Majority Report is exposing the crucial role cable-news pundits and hacks (we’re still trying to figure out the difference) play in selling the Bush Administration policies to the public. We saw the same play used time and time again in the run-up to the Iraq war: unqualified, uninformed people going on television to dishonestly convince the American people that we urgently needed to send our sons and daughters to war in Iraq to prevent an imminent attack, perhaps even a nuclear attack, on our home soil.