Obama stopped by a bowling alley in Altoona, Pa., over the weekend, and bowled a few frames — for the first time in 30 years. The senator, who’s apparently far more comfortable on a basketball court, didn’t exactly take to the game, and apparently bowled a 37 (though it’s not quite clear how many frames that includes). The point of the campaign stop, of course, wasn’t to bowl well, but rather to help Obama establish a connection with the blue-collar community. The low score didn’t seem to bother locals, and the media in South-Central Pa. played up the appearance as a great success.
The TV news made this into a story.
This combines two of my pet peeves of the media. The first is covering non-stories as if they are news. Really, does anyone give a damn? No
The second is looking at features of candidates that have nothing to do with how they would perform as president, and acting like these are somehow important. Barack Obama's bowling ability tells us nothing of how he would perform as president.
Just a little frustrating.
(posted by Ewan)