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Out of Focus

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Enough is enough. Barack said it best today, as he discussed the time and energy wasted by the McCain campaign in the last few days obsessing over whether he called Palin a pig with lipstick. He likened this intrigue to catnip that the media eagerly slurped up. In the world of  24/7 news, each media company is eagerly out to make a buck, especially in this high stakes Presidential Election. However, the lack of journalistic integrity on major all-news networks like CNN, FOX News and MSNBC to obsess over the minutia of the campaign detracts from more serious issues. 

You can turn on any of the aforementioned news networks at anytime during the day and find that they are interviewing experts on each small story that comes across their desk. The format of having multiple advisers all over the country weigh in on something as simple and inane as Obama’s lipstick comment, results in a ripple effect, with every TV station down to the local and international outlets covering this garbage in the nightly news. In the meantime, Americans are bombarded with the same 8 images or news clips both online and on television, which helps to drive negative attention toward whichever candidate has made the latest offense. This formula results in a group of uninformed voters who are voting based on media frenzy and hype versus an understanding of issues. 

The only way for this to stop is if one of these networks takes a stand. We also need more publicly funded broadcasts that don’t have other agendas and don’t need to worry about whether their ratings are going up, so they can focus on reporting news instead of selling it.

If there ever was a time to take some action it is now. If you are reading this post and any of the sentiments above resonate with how you see the world, then write to your local news paper, write a blog post. Do something, because it matters.


Written by Veena

September 10, 2008 at 7:43 pm

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  1. OK, so I’m not sure you can squarely place the blame on the media. Is there really that much blame anyway?

    While I’m probably on the same page with you with regards to Palin/McCain being an unacceptable option, I’m not sure everyone agrees with that.

    Sure, the media goes nuts with inanities like the lipstick comment and so on. But I’m not sure how much of the support someone like Palin has gotten is because of things like that.

    Our country really does celebrate mediocrity (remember how William Hung got signed to a record deal!?), and there’s reason to believe that people really do vote for someone simply because he/she is “like us.” Bush won twice because people thought they could have a beer with him. Gone are the days when we wanted to be led by greats. We all want part of the attention now. Everyone want’s to think “hey, that could have been me!” It’s not the greatness of the individual, but the lack of it that appeals. And that appeal, unfortunately, is not just something conjured up by the media.


    September 12, 2008 at 4:23 am

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