Like-ability does not equal ability

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

Jamison Fraser on why the US media’s obsession with politicians’ “like-ability” is a bad thing

Voting for president based on who seems the most likable — or, in the media’s favorite shorthand, based on who you would rather have a beer with — is a spectacularly bad idea, what with the almost total lack of similarity between talking about the Knicks over a bottle of Bud and running the world’s most powerful nation.

It requires very little judgment or analytical skills to determine that the Knicks stink. Deciding whether to send Americans off to die in a foreign land is (or should be) a little different.

(Via Media Matters for America.)

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