I think I might be forced to create a Leap Day holiday simply so I can send dictionaries to all major media groups as presents. They can christen their gifts by using them to look up the word “relevancy.”
Maybe, if my plan works, the media will learn something.
In the time leading up to one of the most progressive and influential presidential elections in this country‘s history, some of the media seems to have a focus problem. The candidates are not members of a clique, nor are they rival teenagers campaigning for prom king or queen. Yet with the rampant rumors and negative comments circulated about them, who would know the difference?
The main headline on my news screen: “I have never been a Muslim,” next to a picture of Barack Obama.
As beneficial as it is to know everything possible about the potential successors to president Bush, does it really matter whether or not Obama was, or even is, a Muslim? Unless the candidate plans to convert the American public or force his/her beliefs on the country in any way, the candidate’s personal religion should not matter, much less be the main news headline.
Should John McCain’s alleged affair have an effect on his campaign? Alleged or distinctly proven, it shouldn’t. A candidate’s being a good role model for the country is important, but the media’s highlighting accusations and causing unnecessary gossip is not the proper way to expose any information. Investigative reporting becomes yellow journalism.
Instead of furthering sensationalistic habits, perhaps the next Today Show interview with Hillary Clinton will actually inquire about her policies rather than her view on the McCain scandal because of obvious parallels.
But then again, with such intriguing, tempting he-said-she-said battles and potential trysts, who needs to know the candidates’ stances on the economy, the environment, foreign relations, and all those other tedious political subjects?