With the losses of Bob Barr and Cynthia McKinney in the Georgia primary, Howard Kurtz asks: “Is Washington losing its most colorful personalities?” Other “headline grabbing” personalities will be absent from the House and Senate in 2003, prompting The Hotline to exclaim (qtd. from Kurtz): “Forget the gender/investor/waitressmom/senior gap…Washington, circa 2003, is going to have a personality gap.” My question: What does colorful, “headline-grabbing” personality have to do with governing? But then that’s not what we’re talking about here. We’re talking about characters who’ll be missing from the journalistic narrative–characters always good for a headline because anything outrageous they might say becomes “news.” Perhaps the story this morning is that the voters in those Georgia districts showed good sense. But it’s difficult to write a snappy headline with such material.
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I offer commentary on the rhetoric of the American conversation, especially as it unfolds in documentary film, the news media, and politics. Check out my feeds on Twitter and Instagram. Also be sure to see my work at Carbon Trace Productions, a non-profit documentary film studio in Springfield, Missouri. I am a Professor of Media & Journalism at Missouri State University. I teach classes in mobile journalism and documentary filmmaking.
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