It’s nothing new to “political junkies”, as the media now calls common citizens who take their politics seriously, that the media is bias. Yes, you have your left-leaning networks versing FOX News who purportedly leans right, but the most common denominator of all networks when it comes to major election season is the money.
It is true that in order for a candidate to continue their race for their selected position on the hill they do need a good amount of money to cover the costs of their campaign, whatever they so choose their campaign to entail. What the media does not tell the people is that there are candidates that run on fumes and continue to blaze their own trail through to the end even with little to no notoriety from the media and their ‘analysts’.
It’s not difficult for the common person to visually see who the media is supporting in their campaign, for the media finds a story to tell about those candidates while ignoring the rest of the field. Just a 30 second plug here and 2 minute toss-up between two or three candidates there by analysts is, for all intents and purposes, a free advertising plug for those candidates. Advertising plugs that repeat every twenty to thirty minutes on the major 24-hour news networks.
And so it is, the people are only seeing who the analysts wish to be seen, those they assume will be on the final ballot due to their enormous amounts of funds. Or so the analysts and media say. The constant repetition of any given thing in life becomes embedded within our psyche to the point we forget about the surrounding aspects of the event, and in this case the other candidates running. We get a sense that we must take strong looks at the “chosen ones” or else we, the people, do not stand a chance in ousting ‘the other guy’.
Campaign reporting has turned into campaign set-ups by the media, and the candidates are fully aware of this and some use it to their advantage.
As an example of media bias in a local area, WXIN FOX 59 Indianapolis, during their 10:00 PM news broadcast on Monday August 15, 2011, spent the first 15 minutes going back over the tragedy that occurred at the state fair on that previous Saturday. They followed up with two minutes of commercials, a brief weather announcement, two more minutes of commercials, then ten minutes worth of other news before breaking for four minutes of commercials to close the last thirty minutes of their segment with more of the state fair tragedy. During their ten minutes of other news, they showed President Obama visiting the states of Iowa, Minnesota, and Illinois on the kick-off of his 2012 election campaign. What they failed to mention was that another candidate had been visiting their state all day, had breakfast with a candidate vying for a spot against a long term senate incumbent, and held a three-hour rally at a local establishment on the capital city’s inner circle.
This candidate the media chose to ignore, not only on the day of his arrival but neglecting to even mention he was coming to the state for a visit in any previous broadcast leading up to the day, received no media attention. It leads, at least this author to believe that Herman Cain would have had to finish first in the Iowa Straw Poll on Saturday August 13, 2011 in order to garner any media recognition whatsoever, otherwise, his lack of financial backing the likes of Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, and Rick Perry tote around will consistently lend him no credence with the media at large.
The best the people can do is ignore the analysts, go to each candidates website and research them for themselves, and be sure to watch all the debates. Anything other than that and we are being spoon-fed what the media wants us to swallow.
If we are true “political junkies” because we wish to be involved in the full election process, then so be it. Here is the list of the current GOP candidates and their websites. Check them out for yourself and stop relying on the media to showcase ‘our’ choices in candidates.
This article was originally written by Kyouri on August 16, 2011 on her personal blog, ‘The Objective‘.