I’ve been thinking about how the news media affects Presidential races recently. I wonder how much they create the narrative rather than simply informing the public so that it is better equipped to make its own decisions. It seems to me, after seeing a number of elections seasons come and go, that the media is more about PR than anything else.
I have a number of liberal friends who do not like Hillary Clinton, for example, but seem resigned to vote for her, because “the Republican will be worse.”
I have a number of conservative friends and family who consider Rudy Giuliani to be a social liberal who was a heroic mayor on 9/11. They view Mitt Romney as a flip-flopping opportunist who is as conservative as a windsock, but who is reported as being one of the top two GOP candidates. They seem resigned to vote for either one of them, despite their shortcomings (ie, they aren’t conservatives) because “the Democrat will be worse.”
So my liberal and conservative friends have this in common: they dislike the candidates that they are presented with, but vote for them anyway. And it has been this way in modern elections for years. Why is this? Why do we vote for people we dislike over and over again? Isn’t the definition of insanity repeating the same action over and over again expecting different results?
I prefer Sam Brownback, a true conservative, but the media and pundits keep telling me he hasn’t got a prayer. Well, I’ve got a prayer for Senator Brownback right here.
I’m sure the liberals have their own choices who are presented as having no chance. Frustrating, isn’t it? Is this the way things have to be? Or can we turn off our telescreens and finally decide to make up our own minds?
So I welcome my liberal and conservative friends, and friends to be, to comment on this issue. Why do we accept what the media hands us and promotes when we don’t like any of it?
I may have more to say on this matter as time goes on. Consider this an open thread, but I welcome people across the political spectrum to discuss the media and its control of elections here. I’m very interested in your thoughts.