Boing Boing has spotlighted “How’s Your News” in years past, and I’m delighted to see the team reassembled to cover the 2012 presidential elections. The project features a team of reporters with various developmental disabilities roaming the halls at the Republican and Democratic national conventions, interviewing big TV news personalities and politicians: Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, Diane Sawyer, Karl Rove, Sen. Rob Portman, Herman Cain, Anne Coulter, Jesse Jackson, Rep. Michelle Bachman, Olivia Wilde, Sen. Barbra Boxer, Stephen Baldwin, Piers Morgan, Jared Leto, Sen. Pat Leahy, Rep Barney Frank, and many more.
Download the hour-long documentary for $5. I watched it last night, and I strongly recommend. It’s not “political,” in the sense that it’s not advocating a particular party or candidate; it’s more about the culture of news and the surreality of what it’s like to be at a convention. I’ve been inside that beast, and this is the most accurate capture of that weird world I’ve seen. Also, if you work in TV news? There are some scenes in this film that will prove to you, without any doubt, that politicians tend to spew prepared talking points as answers to questions, even when the questions are unintelligible non-word vocalizations.
….Matt Stone and Trey Parker have been involved with Arthur Bradford and “How’s Your News” for 15 years. Matt tells Boing Boing, “It is a great relationship and a totally cool thing.” Arthur also directed “The Making of South Park: 6 Days to Air,” and received an Emmy nomination for that documentary.
Boing Boing/XJ: Matt, I know you’re a big news junkie, what do you get out of watching this that you don’t out of, say, reading the New York Times or watching CNN’s coverage of the political conventions?
Matt Stone: Even to a news junkie like me, the current incarnation of the political conventions are pretty absurd. The regular news dutifully tries to distill the psychodrama and bullshit into a horserace of political power. How’s Your News always puts a smile on my face because they so effortlessly resist that narrative. I need more How’s Your News in my life. I am a huge fan.