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The Sharp Edge

The Sharp Edge

Posted: Thursday, October 30, 2008 11:31 am
By: By Tracy Sharp, Managing Editor

Today is the last day of early voting before America elects a new president. I’ve been watching the campaign for what feels like 20 years. I think our nation is suffering from election fatigue. This has been the longest presidential race I can remember on my 43 years on this planet in a time that is wrought with economic turmoil and uncertainty for future generations. With that said, I’ve also been somewhat appalled by the mainstream media’s coverage of the race. With 24/7 coverage on the cable newsers, you would think that voters would have been treated a little bit better. I often think that anchors are too busy trying to be rock stars than to actually report facts and not some of the nonsense I’ve seen for the past year. But we weren’t treated very well for the mere fact that national news organization dumbed the election down and focused on minor things that have created stereotypes. A weapon of mass distraction is what we received. So let’s set this straight from my perspective. Both Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin have been held by media scrutiny to a set of rules that hasn’t been used before because there has never been a race like this one before. Of course, this is a historic time. Has misogyny been prevalent? You bet it has. Forget about the party lines for a moment, both women deserved better. All women deserve better. Has underlying themes of racism been a part of the media uproar? I’d also say yes. Has age been part of the frenzy? Yes. Despite who you may be voting for in the General Election, the mainstream media has dropped the ball repeatedly by focusing on nitpicky details that have nothing to do with being an American. And, campers, we are all Americans. We are all in this together. And we shouldn’t allow pundits to lead us down a road of misinformation. Did campaigns start some of these things? Of course they did, but the media made an active and consistent effort to focus on those issues with subtle digs instead of bearing down on issues that are facing this country. We’ve heard small town America used a lot in this race as a crutch phrase, however small town America has taken a bulk of the economic hits in recent weeks. You hear these things from the politicians and the mainstream media but we have seen very little relief. We hear this as a phrase from newsers, and politicians quite frankly, as an adjective for something they don’t honestly understand. Things that matter include the economy and the long-term effects on our community, the war and our future place in the global infrastructure, education, employment and the list goes on. Hillary Clinton’s pantsuits and Sarah Palin’s hairdresser, Barack Obama being a black man or John McCain being an elderly is not high on my list of priorities. Are they competent enough to run this country, that’s the question and we will see what America decides next week. So, if I could write a letter to all the news powerhouses, I would say just one thing. Quit dumbing this race down to stereotypes. And, with the election just days away, you guys blew it. WCP 10.30.08

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