the media’s handling of the election

As you all know, the first Presidential debate takes place this Friday. In preparation, I thought that I’d pass along a link to the media watchdog group Media Matters. They’ve compiled a report assessing the primary season debates and what they found was quite shocking. Of a total of 2,300 questions asked in 31 debates, only 6 touched on the already mounting crisis in the mortgage industry, only 3 touched on the minimum wage, and only 2 made mention of the fact that wages in our country were declining. Here are the key findings of the report:

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16 Comments

  1. mark
    Posted September 23, 2008 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    And, speaking of the press, is it really any surprise that it’s British reporters filing stories about the Depression era-like tent cities springing up around our country instead of our own?

  2. Lisa
    Posted September 23, 2008 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    There is another petition going around asking that Friday’s debate include a single question about world hunger (hm…I wonder how of 700 billion would alleviate hunger in our country and in others…). The petition is at http://www.one.org/blog.

  3. Paw
    Posted September 24, 2008 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    In defense of the American media, the whole “Britney meltdown” thing did keep them quite busy.

  4. CNN BREAKING NEWS
    Posted September 24, 2008 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    “John McCain suspends campaigning to work on economy, requests postponing Friday debate; asks Obama do the same.”

    Can you believe that shit? Not only isn’t Palin talking to anyone, but now McCain is canceling debates. Un fucking believable.

  5. Posted September 24, 2008 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    This is so dumb. This is obviously a PR stunt and nothing more. No Presidential candidate “suspends” a campaign. This is all campaign politics.

    And it’s a good way of getting out of making an ass of himself on TV.

  6. Robert
    Posted September 24, 2008 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    Too bad for the American public that they can’t suspend the consequences of the insanity which has occured over the last eight years. Now it’s time to pay the piper.

  7. Oliva
    Posted September 24, 2008 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    McCain called it “patriotic” to suspend his campaign. Heaven help us all. Umm, on second thought: President Obama and other intelligent, reasonable, reality-based people–we the voters, for starters–help us all.

    And I know plenty’s already been said about this, but why in the world would McCain pick a running mate whose name, when set beside his own, such as on signs and buttons, just shrieks the word pain?

  8. designated republican
    Posted September 24, 2008 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    Oliva – “And I know plenty’s already been said about this, but why in the world would McCain pick a running mate whose name, when set beside his own, such as on signs and buttons, just shrieks the word pain?”

    That’s a very good question – it couldn’t have anything to do with her qualifications, after all.

    I have another good question:
    Why would the same two teenage idiots think it’s funny to walk across my front lawn, rip out my campaign signs, stomp on them and shred them over and over again for days now? You’d think that they’d learn better manners or at least get tired of seeing new signs up each day (I have a ready supply of replacements, having lived through several national elections here in Ypsilanti)…. Oh well, one cannot question the mind of Obamamaniacs – I wouldn’t want to be a racist after all!….

  9. Posted September 24, 2008 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    Believe me, plenty of Obama signs get vandalized where I live. I’ve seen a couple that have already been shot at.

    Things get heated up on both sides but ripping out signs (or shooting firearms at them!) is just moronic.

  10. Oliva
    Posted September 25, 2008 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    What I understand is that the Obama yard signs are private property, paid for by people displaying them, so it’s against the law for people to deface them. Some people might be paying for the McCain yard signs, but as I understand it they were paid for by the RNC and are being given away. Still, nobody’s signs should be stolen or defaced. That point might go in Mark’s list of things we can do to have a better world.

  11. nammeroo
    Posted September 25, 2008 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    Oliva,
    I’m glad you finally added that “nobody’s signs should be stolen or defaced.” As I read your comment I thought that you were actually trying to justify petty vandalism and theft.

  12. Posted September 25, 2008 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    It’s an entertaining image to think of two teenagers in someone’s yard stomping up and down on a political sign, regardless of party.

  13. not one of the cool kids
    Posted September 25, 2008 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    The Republicans are brilliant. That is what I feel today. They have turned the regular citizens into angry close minded grumps. And you are proving that point right here designated republican.

  14. designated republican
    Posted September 25, 2008 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    “close minded grump”? Who, me? Who’s grumpy? Not me. I’m a generally happy guy.

    The sign thing is annoying, but hardly surprising. The kids doing the dastardly deed on my front lawn are idiots because of the choices they’re making, but they will (hopefully) eventually know better. Besides, they did return two of the stolen and spindled signs last week, so what else is there to do but forgive… …and get more signs!

    No worries mate. The election will be here soon and sanity will return…

  15. not one of the cool kids
    Posted September 25, 2008 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    “the election will be here soon and sanity will return…”

    For eight years, I haven’t felt like the country IS sane, so your statement doesn’t give me comfort, it only furthers my confusion about the attitudes of the American citizen, especially the ones that do or will vote!

  16. Oliva
    Posted September 25, 2008 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    Nammeroo,
    It was a short comment to begin with, so it’s not that I “finally added” a point, as if I had been going on and on in a different direction . . . But I appreciate your response.

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