I’ve been watching all the political coverage this year, the talking heads, the newspapers, the debates. Oh my goodness, the debates! How come there are so many debates? It used to be that it was nearly impossible to get one or two debates scheduled, but it seems like there’s one on somewhere every day or so.
It appears the commentators on the ‘news’ channels are talking out their butts, disagreeing with the other commentators on the show, hollering over each other, jockeying for their own opinions to be heard and accepted over everyone else’s. Each person is so consumed with their own viewpoints and wrapped up in their version of righteousness and self-importance. ‘Listen, I have a degree, and I’m going to use it. People who oppose me are stupid, just plain idiots’ mentality.
The broadcasters and anchors often leave their impartiality on the sidelines to bring their own clever and biased slants to the coverage. “I know he hasn’t said anything detrimental about African-Americans… yet; but if he does what would you think about that?” Aaannnddd … GO! Then all the talking heads start spewing their own conjectures and thoughts and hypotheticals of what they think if that might occur. The discussion heats up. Wow, this is good television, not. The real true unvarnished message is buried under bullcrap and lost in translation to the point where nobody even knows the true subject anymore or the actual intent of the politician they are covering. Whenever the story is more about the ratings and celebrity of the person covering the person they’re covering, there creates a spinning vortex spitting out ridiculousness.
Then there’s all the people who only hear the 30-second soundbites picked out of a 1/2 hour speech and hold that up to be the entire context of the message. “I can’t believe what I just heard!” Well, don’t because they only want you to hear what they want you to hear.
What is this constant throw-down to each and every last candidate claiming they are liars. I envision an Oprah-like chant, ‘you’re a liar, you’re a liar, everybody is a liar!” Then, once a candidate gets the majority vote, ‘the liar, liar pants on fire’ finger pointers do their backtracking and I misspoke tap dance. ‘I really secretly loved this person all along.’ Really? You must really be a big fat liar! The outcome makes ‘you look stupid, you look stupid, everybody looks stupid!’ Wait. I thought you were running for President of the United States of America, not hall monitor at the local high school. This whole campaign season is a tremendous blow to our prescence and respect in the rest of the world.
Freedom of the press – love it. Freedom of throwing out stuff just to fill airtime and get viewers — despicable. I’d rather fill airtime with people riding bicycles or feeding pigeons in Central Park.
Calm down, be impartial, pull out the truth, weigh the good with the bad, then make a conscious balanced decision. Whether you are running for public office or not, voting Is the one true way to effect change. Make sure your vote actually represents the right thing, not the emotional hyped-up version of what others think is the right thing continually thrown at you by master manipulators from all sides.
Get out and vote! We’re all responsible for what goes on in this country. It’s not for us to pass the baton onto anybody else. It’s ‘We, the People’ and not ‘You Other Guys, the People’ after all… Sandy