This, from Jezebel, sums up the experience of people who get to cover government in/action, whether from the inside or outside. Pretty harsh, but also has some truth to the matter.
… Kim Lehmkuhl. When she quit her position as city clerk with Pleasant Hill, she told Mayor Tim Flaherty exactly how she felt about the job and the people she worked with:
“This has been an atrocious, incredibly depressing and mind-numbingly inane experience I would not wish on anyone. I wish the city the best of luck in finding some schmuck eager to transcribe every last misogynistic joke, self-indulgent anecdote and pathetic pandering attempt by council, and every tinfoil hat conspiracy theory, racist aside, and NIMBY asshattery from the lovely council meeting frequent flyers, without which, surely our democracy could not flourish.”
Some day I’ll make a game for reporters and clerks that cover meetings that’s kind of like this. Only the rules will be altered for elected officials campaigning from the dias, resolutions read for friends of politicians, boy scouts/college students who fall asleep, references to conspiracy theories, sings brought in, pumping a private business from the dias … you get the idea.