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Media support of Candidates September 28, 2008

Filed under: Everything — Jason Olson @ 8:44 pm
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I recently read a IT trade magazine, CRN, in which it which the author expressed two points:

1) It really doesn’t matter who a magazine, or newspaper for the matter, endorses for the presidency. He specifically shows how both the New York Time and the Wall Street Journal are distinctly biased. And while there specific, overt endorsements mean little, which I agree with. My overarching concern is that if the editorial staff is overwhelming biased in their political alignments, it will creep into the articles and news reporting in a more subtle way. For example, in what information they choose to investigate, which stories they choose are important.

2) The second point, it did agree with, is what is very important for the next president, is who their advisers are. No one person can be an expert at everything – they have advisers which assist them in interpreting the information and guiding them towards the correct choices. It is those advisers which have a huge impact on the policies which affect our lives. Unfortunately many of these advisers are not solidified until after the nominee actually wins the office – by which time it’s too late.

One final note what the big catch-phrase this year, “change” — but then again, what first-term nominee hasn’t uttered those words. Rarely, if ever, have we been looking to replace a president with a carbon copy. Even good presidents, had their own week points, and we’d love to see those elements improved upon.

Wouldn’t it be nice for the candidates to stop speaking about change, as if they’re the first one with that idea – or the only one speaking about it. Second to that is the assumption that views/policies/etc of the party of the incumbent, is also that of the new candidate – thus, that part is not about change, but “more of the same”.

 

Palin in the news September 16, 2008

Filed under: Everything — Jason Olson @ 11:33 pm
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Earlier this week Charlie Gibson really nailed Sara Palin in a news interview. What is interesting to note is just how much attention and scrutiny is being paid by the media on her. She is definitely not the favorite running mate for the media, and they’re looking for every angle to shut her down politically, while not appearing to be gender biased – which they’re not. I simply believe that Palin’s political stances stand counter to what the media believes.

It reminds me back to a great quote in the movie, Newsies, where the news publisher says that he tells the people (readers) how to think.

But it really is remarkable to see so much emphasis being placed on the VP-Elect. Interesting!