Something else that gets under my skin is the incessant need by networks to get the scoop, specifically to know what the President is going to say before he has a chance to say it publicly. I guess I’m not clear on what purpose this serves. It doesn’t seem that far removed from bragging, from saying, “Look at us—we got our hands on the speech before anyone else, and here’s your exclusive look at the high points.”
I can wait until the actual speech, and the summation afterwards. I don’t need the reconnaissance mission, the one-upmanship. It seems childish, in a way.
Of course, if I know in advance the gist of the remarks, this frees me up to catch another episode of Antiques Roadshow or Triple D.