Too much information, and not enough

    Don’t you just have to know when Mike Huckabee hires a new campaign scheduler, and what Mitt Romney says on his 54th visit to Iowa, and when Newt Gingrich changes his hair part?

    In case you missed it, the New York Times reported Sunday that Politico and other news sites are hiring enough young bloggers to cover every presidential candidate virtually around the clock from now through the 2012 election.

    Excuse me while I running screaming from the room.

    This where the endless possibilities of the internet have brought us?

    As traditional news organizations have deteriorated, important gaps have appeared in coverage, but they aren’t in covering presidential races.

    They’re in covering local school boards, statehouses, community organizations and city bureaucracies. My friend Catherine Lucey recently noted that if somebody wanted a great news project, they could plant a couple of energetic reporters in Washington to cover local Congressional delegations.

    There are some heartening efforts to fill reporting gaps, mostly among non-profits funded in part by foundations.

    I wish them success, and inane blogs of campaign trivia an quick and un-mourned death.

    The absurdity of the new OCD campaign coverage is captured brilliantly in a satirical piece by Michael Kinsley on of all places, Politico called “Raising the Bar on the Media Rat Race.”

    It begins with the announcement the Politico is now so far out in front of the curve that it’s skipping the 2012 race to concentrate on 2016. Read it here.

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