Media only giving two candidates a chance

Thursday, January 24, 2008 | 3:25 p.m. CST; updated 7:44 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

The American public has been completely duped by mainstream media in this election process. The Democratic campaign has been advertised as being between only two candidates and that is further reduced to race vs. gender. What’s mind-boggling about this is people are falling for it. The media has turned this into an emotional decision that will determine an American “first.” The issues are not truly being addressed, and polling, which is always performed using leading questions, shows voters as only being interested in the media darlings. Dr. King must surely be rolling in his grave, as this election is only proving that we have not moved beyond the issues of race and gender and still have no real equality.

Our economy is in a free fall, and all the news can discuss is whether or not we’ll have a black or female president. Even more disconcerting is that most Americans agree that neither of the media’s Democratic candidates can win a general election in November. Please note the wonderful attention that black women are getting in CNN, MSNBC, and others’ political coverage. These voters should be important regardless of who’s running, but this is the first time they’ve garnered this kind of attention. The media asks “Hillary or Obama?” and deigns to determine that these women couldn’t possibly be concerned with issues other than race or gender. Why aren’t voters infuriated at these assumptions? As a woman, the media assumes, if I were a Democrat, that I must be focused on Hillary. If not, then I’ll clearly go with the “only” other candidate, Barack Obama. They have determined I will connect with one of these formerly disenfranchised minority candidates, so it’s “either/or.”

Sen. Obama may be an excellent candidate for president, but what experience does he have, given he’s not cast very many votes in the Senate, as yet? Might he be better four years from now after actually taking a stand on some issues? Hillary Clinton says she’ll change America, but everything she’s saying has been said before and the people surrounding her are all long-time politicos. Do Americans believe she isn’t going to be as guilty of cronyism, as she accuses George Bush? Who do people believe her Cabinet will be?

John Edwards is the only candidate who has been actively involved in making changes in our country and yet, the general public has no awareness of where he stands or what he’s been doing. Why? Because the media finds an “average white man” not exciting or “newsworthy.” Never mind the fact that he’s probably the only candidate who’s running an honestly liberal campaign. Hillary Clinton is as close to a Republican as she can get without changing parties. Obama hasn’t made any strong political stands that define him as other than on-the-fence. So, thank you, from all of us, to the media that sways the vote and fails to address all the candidates and the issues. Missourians will go to the polls not because they’ll make any difference in the outcome, but because they want to jump on the bandwagon that the media is driving through town. At this rate, Republicans surely will have this election all sewn up and we don’t even know who the nominee will be.

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