Do the US public really know what they are buying?

This says more about the broadcasters than the people they interview (H/T the Prof). Howard Stern effectively operates a sting on Obama supporters in Harlem. The effort seems to be to prove that black voters are voting Obama because he’s black, not because through policy concerns (which they deliberately switch unbeknownst to those who end up on the broadcast). But if you listen to the first responses, you hear people talk about the personality of each candidate, which is precisely where both campaigns have pitched their bids. A case of neither party overestimating the intelligence of the American public? I argue over at Brassneck, that the mean result is that the American people will only get to know what their President really intends to do, after rather before his inauguration.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty