The Shutdown happened because the media made it happen and the media made it happen because it’s what the viewers demanded.
That’s one view, courtesy of The Last Psychiatrist:
The shut down was the inevitable consequence of a government not permitted to compromise, smothered by the oppressive gaze of a kamikaze media that will kill itself and your country just to get a headline today. I’m starting to wonder if the reason it is always pretty white girls who get kidnapped is that the media is the one kidnapping them. And you blamed Bear Stearns for being too focused on short term profits? CNN’s time horizon is your next micturition. The media demands partisanship, conflict, opposing sides, but despite having 24 hours to fill will never, ever explain the interplay between complex issues, preferring to feature them in segments while hyping them to a crisis. Imagine trying to have sex always on camera, and always with a goat, and always with some know-it-all screaming at you, “get hard now! NOW! 8 seconds left! NOW! What’s wrong with you?!” Jesus, can I take a minute and do this privately? “Transparency!”
If Senator X “makes a concession” the relevant media will proclaim him a loser and a coward, they don’t want representatives, they want cage fighters. There’s no reward for compromise and there’s no safe place to attempt it, either. This is 100% your fault, “I can’t believe how stupid these people are!” It’s great how you can’t find employment but have time to micromanage the U.S. Senate. #outrage
Read the whole diatribe, it’s dazzling…