Investigative Reporting Takes a Holiday with GOP

“Bread and circuses” is from the ancient Roman for people choosing food and fun over freedom. It applies to people of giving up their civic duty and following whichever political leader offers to satisfy their more base desires.

These days, it appears that the media may be the biggest consumers of bread and circuses. The buzz on the web cries out for more information about the GOP ticket. Yet for nearly a week, the traditional news sources provide only cursory coverage. No hard news to report, no interviews, no quotable quotes from someone running for Vice President just a few months before a national election.

Bloggers and traditional news sources alike are on pins and needles waiting for the National Enquirer to break the story on Palin.

What does it say about our culture when the responsibility for investigative political journalism is being shouldered by the National Enquirer and bloggers?