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July 5, 2008

2008 Election News: Is It Time To Boycott The ‘Media’?

    As much as I have always enjoyed the news, having 24-hour news coverage has created story overkill and endless repetition.  It has also watered down the trustworthiness, reliability and sincerity of the news being reported and the complete honesty of those reporting the news. 

I remember when I could turn the news on and hear unmodified facts and honest follow-up questions.  Those days are gone; done with. It is embarrassing to watch the media – journalists/reporters/correspondents/anchors/personalities as they insert ridiculous allegations, speculations and unconfirmed reports just to turn two minutes worth of news into a half an hour discussion or argument.  It is ridiculous.  If we can’t turn to the ‘news’ for ‘uncontaminated’ information – who do we turn to? 

I watched Thursday afternoon as Senator Obama clarified his use of the word “refine”.  No insult to fourth-graders, but he spoke on a fourth grade level, used words with four letters, and sentences with four words and his statement was less than four paragraphs so I presumed that journalists’ from ‘the best political team’ would understand the words that came out of his mouth.

I think the least reporters covering Obama and McCain should do is some thorough research on them.  Read their books and their writings – do some homework!  If they don’t then they should not be assigned to cover them.

And, if they did do their homework and despite knowing the facts choose to heave  garbage over the airwaves just to create a stir and make up news (a reporter is suppose to report news not make up news) then we – responsible citizens – should stop watching the mockery now disguised as news.  News broadcasts are keeping our interest by deliberately reporting incomplete, inaccurate or exaggerated stories.  Because we’re watching their foolishness their ratings are better and these talking heads are gaining ‘fame’ for the controversy they cause. And because we are watching them and their ratings are better – they sign bigger better contracts and get paid better.  So these reporters have no reason to change what they are doing.  We will have to stop watching them to make them go back to telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.  I find that the newspapers are more regimented, reliable and better researched than the 24-hour broadcasts.

Today aboard his campaign plane to St. Louis Senator Obama continued to be harassed by reporters.  He defended his position on Iraq — and he questioned reporters’ parsing of his words. 

“I am surprised at how … the press … I’m not trying to dump on you guys, but I’m surprised at how finely calibrated every single word was measured,” Obama said.

“I wasn’t saying anything that I hadn’t said before. That I didn’t say a year ago. Or when I was a U.S. senator. If you look at our position, it’s been very consistent. The notion that we have to get out carefully has been a consistent position,” he said.

“The belief that we have a national security interest in making sure Iraq is secure, I’ve been saying consistently,” he added. Noting “the worst-case scenarios and the parade of horribles that has been trotted out by John McCain and others about genocide if we left,” he said he has always reserved “the right to protect people from genocide.”

“So a lot of these statements that I’ve made have been entirely consistent,”Obama added.

In North Dakota on Thursday, Obama denied allegations that he’s shying away from his proposed 16-month phased withdrawal of all combat troops from Iraq, calling it “pure speculation” and adding that his “position has not changed.”

After the Republican National Committee issued attack emails asserting he’s “reversed” his position — Obama called a second news conference later Thursday to reiterate that he is not changing his stance.

“We’re gonna try this again. Apparently I wasn’t clear enough this morning on my position with respect to the war in Iraq. I have said throughout this campaign that this war was ill-conceived, that it was a strategic blunder and that it needs to come to an end,” he said.

“I have also said that I would be deliberate and careful in how we got out, that we would bring our troops home at a pace of one to two brigades per month and that at that pace we would have our combat troops out in 16 months.”




  1. I agree that the television media is all about selling advertisement time and their motives are therefore circumspect, but unfortunately if we tune them out the responsible incensed viewers (of which most of the viewers are not) the only voice of reason amongst these sound bite affecionadoes would be lost. I think that we need to start taking back and commenting and writing letters and organizing so that places like CNN which started with admirable goals does not get hijacked by the bottom line leaning news market.

    Comment by endithinks — July 7, 2008 @ 10:33 am | Reply

  2. Endithinks, Excellent idea! Should we start a writing campaign? I would be happy to get addresses to the networks and major cable shows. Would you help?

    Comment by Paulette — July 7, 2008 @ 10:41 am | Reply

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