Variety Editorial

Society is showing signs of becoming unhinged by reality TV.

Al Gore rehearses his exit from the presidential race on “Saturday Night Live.” Sean Penn does a “walk-around” in Iraq to inform himself (and presumably the rest of us) about the prospects of war. Trent Lott goes on BET to defend his reputation.

And that’s just in the past week. Earlier this year, the HBO-backed “Journeys With George” showed Dubya doing things like serving food and drinks to reporters. And Bill Clinton made headlines merely by flirting with doing a talk show.

The race for the Democratic nomination is sure to further blur the line between showbiz and politics. In fact, the reality maestros must already be salivating. John Kerry has the presence, not to mention the hair, to beat the field on “The Amazing Race.” And Lott’s a lock on “Fear Factor.”

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