24 January 2007

My National Politics Question

I know that this deals with New Orleans issues. But, dammit, New Orleans is a national issue (even if the president doesn't think so). Therefore, I have to bring this up. This has been building up in me for weeks and months. And when I have watched the way the TV news channels have covered the 2008 presidential race, and then watched the way the TV news channels have covered the responses to the State of the Union Address and President Bush's request for more troops in Iraq, I have only gotten angrier and angrier. So here it is.

We are more than 18 months from the next presidential election.
There have been no caucuses or primaries.
There have been no debates.
There have been no speeches.
There has been no real substantive discussion of the issues, outside of Iraq.
Hell, nobody can say yet with absolute certainty what the real issues will be in the next election.

And yet, the media has already decided that only four people can be elected president in 2008. And ONLY those four people are being allowed the time to speak.

The media has already decided that either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama will go up against John McCain or Rudy Giuliani.

I'm sure that John Edwards or Mitt Romney would have like to have talked on national television about what they saw last night. Hell, even Newt Gingrich or John Kerry might have even had something to say, even though I probably wouldn't have wanted to hear it.

Who decided that these and other people are not relevant? And why did every morning news show and most of the 24-hour news channels have Barack Obama live to talk about things? Who decided that he gets the bully pulpit? I don't even have a grasp of what he stands for yet, and yet he is the favorite?

My wife (who is fairly well educated) didn't even know who Barack Obama was until I told her a couple of weeks ago. But either he or Hillary will be the Democratic candidate (according to them).

Only the people with the highest Q-score get to be on television. What the hell is this? American Idol or a presidential election?

I find it interesting that the so-called "national media" have already decided who the four finalists will be. And, how convenient. Two of them are from New York.


At January 24, 2007 4:06 PM, Blogger Hollis P. Wood said...

Dead on Fitch, Dead on Bre'.

At January 24, 2007 7:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Edwards was on CNN, briefly. After which the paid "advisers" ripped him a new one for not giving out his entire battle plan: saying which troops he'd pull first and how it would work.

I've long thought W. was looking for someone to give him the way out so he could claim credit.

At January 25, 2007 2:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Couldn't agree more. Obama is a freshman senator. Who strapped the proverbial rocket to his rear end? I'm just glad that Hilarie fixed Healthcare.

At January 25, 2007 2:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Couldn't agree more. Obama is a freshman senator. Who strapped the proverbial rocket to his rear end? I'm just glad that Hilarie fixed Healthcare.

At January 25, 2007 6:40 AM, Blogger Mr. Clio said...

I like Giuliani, but he's got absolutely no shot at the Republican nomination.

He supports gay rights, is not a hardline anti-abortionist, has an affair and recent divorce.

You think those people will nominate him? The media knows this.

At January 25, 2007 7:37 AM, Blogger Roux said...

Hillary will cut off Obama's balls and stuff them down his throat. He'll wish he never even ran for Senate once she's done with him.

At January 26, 2007 2:55 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

There are plenty of candidates declaring that they want to run.

What I found compelling from this post is how Katrina and NOLA have been forgotten by everyone. The problem is not the politicians, but the media and their audience. News is not what it was when Walter Cronkite ruled the land. I mean, Katie Couric, a morning show host, is now the anchor for CBS. Dan Rather was fired for reporting on mis-information, but at least he sought information at all. News is nothing more than 15 second sound bytes. Now that Katrina problems have become indepth and complicated affairs, it no longer fits into a sound byte. Same thing for Global Warming (which is very resposible for Katrina and many other hurricanes that year), income gap increases, healthcare problems and government corruption.

The 9/11 commission was able to keep focus upon their efforts because of marketing and advertising. The same number of people, if not more, were affected by Katrina. I mean, a city was wiped out, not just an iconic piece of architecture with a few thousand people in it. "Never forget" is a sound byte. Katrina victims need one, too.

At January 26, 2007 11:41 PM, Blogger Tim said...

This is something I've been complaining about for years. Not only do the media tell us who is "viable", they also tell us that only Republicans and Democrats can get elected. And why not? They stand to make tons of cash selling advertising! It's time for free air time for all candidates! Nobody owns the airwaves--they belong to the public, and broadcasters are supposed to broadcast in the public interest, not for profit. I say it is in the public interest to give all candidates equal time, for free.



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