Does anyone remember the Democratic Debate on ABC? That was the one where it took a full forty minutes for Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos to ask a question that was not about flag lapel pins and nonexistant sniper fire in Bosnia. Afterward, ABC news employed the same excuse that had been deployed by every other news organization under charge of focusing on meaningless "gotcha" journalism during the primaries instead of focusing on issues: they said that because the two candidates had debated so much and because their policy was so close, there was no way that they could bring anything new by focusing on things like health care.<br><br>Well now by that same reasoning, ABC and every other news outlet should have every opportunity available to focus on issues that the voting public consistently say are important. They could get to the bottom of energy policy or talk up the ocean of difference between the Obama and McCain health care proposals.<br><br>But why get my hopes up? Really, when are "issues" ever talked about by television news anchors outside of when they are trying to explain why they aren't talking about them? The 2004 race coverage was as much about Swiftboating and Dan Rather as it was about jobs or the deficit.<br><br>Really, what is commercial broadcast journalism other than an opportunity to take the most simplistic aspects of a candidate and air them over and over again, leaving the economy on the cutting room floor? People that say that the big three news broadcasts are politically biased are missing the point... they're hardly political at all.<br><br>-- Cee Bee Double-U
I think because they know the real election is already over with... I think theyre fudging the numbers. Obama isn't 5-6% ahead .. more like 20%... but if they tell that... they can't sell any news !!<br><br>so they make it appear close to hold people's interest...<br><br>I don't think that's working that well ....so they go off on trivia !<br><br>my 2 cents.<br><br>David (OFI)
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>so they make it appear close to hold people's interest...<br><p><hr></blockquote><p>Just like the latest American Idol? My wife followed it closely and read that David Cook was consistently, overwhelmingly ahead every week. Behind the scenes, there was never a question that he was going to trounce the other David, but they made it seem like the contest was close to keep viewer interest up and then made it sound like his win was an upset.<br><br>
Bingo, Mike !!<br><br>I mean how much more apparent can it be ? <br><br>McBush is like old Admiral Stockdale... (Perot's clueless VP in 1992)<br><br>he's just off base on many issues... the ONLY issue he has is Iraq and that's 4th or 5th on most people's priorities...<br><br>... and the only reason it's on at all, is the Iraq war is sucking big wads of $$ from our Govt that's needed to get the exonomy going and help those who have lost jobs & homes, or are on the edge of doing so.<br><br>When it comes to the #1 issue ..economy and jobs... McBush is clueless. What's his answer ? more Bush tax cuts for the top 2%... John... we tried that already ! THREE TIMES !!! you clueless moe-ron ! <br><br>He IS lost !<br><br>David (OFI)
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