Suppose you had a friend that was really smart and funny, and that friend got to cover and live-blog White House press briefings that you could watch “with” her (on C-SPAN) and chat back and forth. Does that sound like something you might be interested in?
Okay, Ana Marie Cox isn’t a friend of mine but she feels like one. I’m one of her legion of fans that go back to the Wonkette days. She now works for Air America.
I don’t know if this is journalism or not and I don’t care. In the same way I don’t care what you call The Daily Show. I call it fun and interesting.
I think of this as the MST3K effect. Even a boring press conference is fun if you’re watching it “with” fun people.