Everything wrong with political talk shows

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And they wonder why so many people can't get into politics.

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Some people live and breathe #auspol. They follow every politician, staffer, journo, and pundit to keep up with all the latest rumours and news from Parliament House.

For those of us who aren’t political junkies, it can be hard to remember who the prime minister is, let alone keeping up with the latest political in-joke. And even if you do make an effort to stay on top of it, the news cycle moves so fast that if you step away from your computer for an hour, and suddenly everyone’s screaming at each other about some random comment made at a press conference, there's a wall of new memes, #itson is trending, and you’re completely lost.

That means when you switch on one of those political talk shows where a panel of hacks and columnists discuss the week’s news, it can be really alienating. For the most part, they’re not even going into the issues that really matter to ordinary Australians. Instead, it’s just a whole lot of winks and nods to the bickering and backstabbing in the halls of power. Honestly, if we really wanted gossip and drama, we’d watch reality TV. Not some old dude in a tie musing about which backbencher was secretly undermining the party leader.

 

This is what happens when a regular guy gets invited to appear on a political panel show.