While at Netroots Nation five days ago (but it feels like 70) I was informed by a Notable Media Person that the reason you see so many liars and idiots and moon-faced frauds on the political teevee is that -- sorry, Liberals! -- "producers" don't really give a sh*t about truth or facts, but will book the hell out of people who are "quotable", even if they show up smirking, covered in blood with a dying kitten clamped in their reptile jaws.
Quotability baby! That's the f*cking ticket to the promised land!
Which is why the phenomenon of Ron Fournier is so mysterious.
See, Ron is the perfect polar opposite of quotable. In fact, Ron has perfected the art of being professionally forgettable because Ron is so perfectly predictable. In the face of whatever specific Republican calamity or atrocity might be making headline on any given day, Ron will plant himself like a mighty oak on whatever show that books him and repeat exactly the same, banal, mendacious claptrap in exactly the same room-temperature-tapioca tone of voice ...every single f*cking time.
Year after year, on any show and on any subject, "Both Sides Do It" is literally Ron Fournier's only line.
And so, when faced with the utter sh*tshow that is this week's Republican National Convention, all Ron knows how to do is predict that next week's Democratic convention will be just as bad. Both Sides!
-- which makes me think that, just maybe, the Notable Media Person was being less that completely honest about how and why certain liars and idiots and moon-faced frauds keep getting booked on the political teevee over and over and over again.
crossposted from Driftglass