Thursday, August 18, 2011

Politics of the Petty

Recently, it seems as if we read more articles and see more reports based on quirks and verbal mistakes of elected/campaigning officials. I guess the press just thinks we are idiots. Rather than foster a dialogue on the issues, they’re more willing to get into name calling and divisive reporting. I think they believe that’s what we want.

Are we really that stupid? Are we really making electoral decisions based on a 10 second sound bite or a millisecond expression caught on camera? Or do they just think so. There must be something there, I guess. The media exists to make money, just like any other business. So, are they dishing this crap because they think we’re buying it?

How much effort do we place in choosing a candidate? Do you know more about the Kardashians than you do your elected representative? Do you know more about the stats of your favorite team than you do how your elected representative voted recently?

Newsweek uses an unflattering image of a candidate for their cover. Why? I thought we were supposed to base decisions on more than looks. The press lambastes a candidate because she mixed up Elvis’s birthday and anniversary of death. Why? Frankly, I don’t give a flying flip about Elvis when it comes to politics. I’d rather know her views on what matters to me. This morning, I heard a lengthy report on television about some of Governor Perry’s verbal mix-ups. Who cares?! What are his views? That’s what's important to me!

Next time you hear or read a report about a candidate, think about it. Are they discussing the issues or are they attacking the candidate. That will give you a clue as to how intelligent the reporter thinks you are.

I don’t base my decisions on what some editor thinks I should consider. Neither should you. It’s no longer the politics of position. It’s the politics of the petty.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
- Dr. Martin Luther King

1 comment:

Old NFO said...

Dr. King's wish is going down the tubes because character is no longer a 'viable' option... It's interesting that the MSM is firmly in the democratic camp and 'fair' reporting is not even brought up anymore as an issue... Thanks for a good post!