Tuesday, September 21, 2010

CNBC Video: Governor Granholm on Reviving Michigan's Economy

True confession: I'm at the point where I can barely stand to watch any cable news. Any of it. Yes, I should be watching Keith and Rachel, I know, but usually by that time of night I want to tune out of the political world and just... not think about this anymore. Never works because my mind is always chewing this stuff over, but hey, if there is a "House" marathon on, politics becomes just a dull hum in the back of my head. TV is the poor man's Valium. (And I'm all excited about Detroit 1-8-7, filmed right here - watch it tonight at 10!)

I do try to catch the governor when she's on cable - but that has become difficult to swallow as well. Even the supposedly "liberal" MSNBC seems to be filled with all the "Obama is doooomed!" and "Democrats are doooomed!" talking points and hyper-nonsense that has reduced the important issues of the day right down to the lowest common catch-phrase denominator, and it has become way more irritating than informative. (For the perfect example of this phenomena, check Granholm's recent spot with Norah O'Donnell, count the number of Republican talking points and rude interruptions, and you'll see what I mean.)

CNBC is usually worse than MSNBC. All worship of money, all of the time, it's what they are about, so naturally it panders to the angst of those poor Wall Street wizards who have been so hurt by this recession. Honestly, it brings a tear. Or unbridled rage, one or the other. Larry Kudlow took a shot at the battery incentives after the governor's appearance during the A123 grand opening - and put a damper on what was a very positive piece. 300 jobs already here, half of which were filled with previously unemployed people - and up to 3000 total jobs on the way, and there was Kudlow, spitting on the government involvement in this so far very successful public-private partnership. Better those jobs go to Asia, Larry? Ugh.

Today though... today was different. Maria Bartiromo let her run, and it was a great advertisement for the positive things that are happening in our state. Watch and see. It's all about policy, whether it be green energy, worker training, education, entrepreneurship, investment - the works. Enough so that I wanted to post it here and show it off.

If cable news tones down the shrill factor and actually becomes informative, maybe I'll start watching it again. I don't expect that to happen of course, but I can always dream.