Saturday, September 30, 2006

What is really happening?

The media's head exploded last week. They reported that the Islamist militants to spread terrorism around the world are using Iraq as an impetus. that the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq claimed that, with the loss of four-thousand foreign insurgent fighters, he is running out of resources, that the Democrats want to cut and run but they want to send more troops to Iraq and Afghanistan and reinstate the draft, that boycotting Citgo is good for America, but that boycotting Citgo is bad for American jobs, and that it doesn't matter to America what happens with Citgo because Chavez is withdrawing his contracts and selling his American pipelines and refineries anyway. Needless to say, this has caused the politicians and pundits of both wings running about chasing every story and trying to relate it to the election campaigns of themselves and against the campaigns of their opponents.
To go about chasing every little tidbit only results in mass confusion. Give me a candidate who looks at the big picture, and I will vote for that candidate. Petty bickering over every little issue doesn't work for me.

4 comments:

Jon said...

I have to agree with you, the media has run amuck and until the day after the elections in November we are going to be subjectyed to this daily "the sky is falling" story and it is ______ (fill in the blank) with which ever party fits each story. Congress needs to be dumped and started over with people that actually understand that they are there to represent the people that put them there and not to vote how their party wants them to vote.

RevJim said...

Hear hear, this is what I have been trying to say all along.

Manny said...

It is unfair to blame the candidates. The media is responsible for all this mess. They are ones asking the questions. Lots of times the candidates say they would rather focus on the issues, but when they only get 60 seconds of facetime, all they can do is respond to stupid questions. Then the commentator spins the answers according to their particular bias. The fact is that if you look carefully the candidates agree on most of the issues, but that's not very good for ratings.

RevJim said...

Manny, you have a point there. The press is very good at changing people's perceptions, and one of the tenets of modern day journalism is "perception is reality." It is all about ratings.