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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

Polar Opposites

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 Senator McCain has chosen Sarah Palin as his running mate. This move seems to indicate that McCain’s campaign has hitched their success in this election to the Hillary Clinton supporters that are still angry and unwilling to accept Barack Obama as their Presidential candidate. However, Sarah Palin is quite possibly the polar opposite of Hillary Clinton.

If the McCain camp tries to tap the experience issue, then Sarah Palin’s time as city council member and mayor of a small time, and brief executive experience as governor (less than 2 years) is not going to quell voters concerns. In fact, it might raise more concerns about whether the McCain administration is ready for the hard work that awaits them in the White House. This is especially true because she thus far doesn’t seem to have any major foreign policy or national security experience.

If the McCain camp is trying to appeal to women’s rights, well then Sarah Palin is definitely not their lady, because she is pro-life and an active member of Feminists for Life

Oh, she also opposes same-sex marriage and is in favor of drilling in the Alaskan Wildlife Refuge. 

The strategy on selecting Palin is still unclear to me, but from just a few minutes of research, it is clear that she is going to find it challenging to debate Senator Biden on national security, foreign policy and perhaps even economic issues. In addition, several the country with a serious question – if McCain could not serve, is America willing to take the risk on this one-term governor as the next President of the United States? This seems to be the contention in the media as well.

It will be an interesting election moving forward, but I certainly don’t see any Hillary supporters moving over to this camp, because Sarah Palin’s social values are so distinctly different. In fact, the selection of a candidate who is so far removed from Hillary’s beliefs, might have helped bring those on the fence, back to Obama’s side.

Written by Veena

August 29, 2008 at 3:16 pm