In May of 2009, Barack Obama told a room of journalists and media correspondents, “Most of you covered me; all of you voted for me.” After some laughter, he added, “Apologies to the Fox table.” [More laughter] They say all humor has an element of truth to it. And in this case, the joke contained a lot of it.
If you could sum up my blog in one sentence, it would be this: “Do not trust what you see on TV or read online or in print; go check it out for yourself.” And though many would be quick to say they do just that, I believe more people are swayed by what we would call the ‘traditional’ or ‘mainstream’ media than realize it. Casual attention to their headlines and lead stories can lead you to form impressions and opinions that you likely wouldn’t, had you known all the facts.
No too long ago, it was reported that 88% of campaign contributions from journalists at the three major TV networks went to democrats in 2008. No surprise, then, that we got headlines like these.
On one particular day at NBC, the headlines included:
Palin flipped on ‘Bridge to Nowhere’
Palin faces ethics investigations in Alaska
McCain uses POW ordeal to fight housing gaffe
And what about coverage of Obama and Biden?
40 million viewers tune in for Obama’s speech
Obama’s night for the history books
NYT: New hope 45 years after King’s dream
Biden stresses change and challenge
And no surprise that the President would joke about the majority of the press in the room voting for him. After all, why would the joke be funny, unless it were obvious the press supported Obama through what they report? If you begin to regularly do your own research, you will likely become very upset at the lack of information and the misinformation the press gives you.
Have you been affected by the press over the years? Take this simple test. Do you have the impression that Barack Obama values bipartisanship, or that Republicans don’t care about the poor? Do you think the economic mess we are in is all George W. Bush’s fault, or do you think Obamacare gives healthcare to everyone? If you answered yes to any of these, you have likely been affected by the media.
Do you think that if negative information about Mitt Romney surfaces in the campaign’s final weeks, that the press will not report it? If you are a casual observer, you might think that if negative information about Obama were out there, the press would report that, too. But you’d likely be wrong.
If a Republican candidate for President had once joined a socialist political party while seeking public office, think the media would mention it? If they once held a political event in the home of a domestic terrorist, think the media would find the time to tell us? If they had a mentor in their youth who was a card carrying member of the Communist Party and a pornographer, think we would have heard about it? Yet each of these is true about Barack Obama, and I bet you’ve never heard about any of this. It’s amazing what a little bit of research can produce. And if I can find this out, do you really think the media can’t? These bits of information are part of what’s called “vetting” a candidate, and the media Barack Obama jokes about voting for him in ‘08 did not do that with him. They did not hesitate to look into Sarah Palin’s past, however. We heard all about her supposed incompetence and lack of qualifications.
Before you vote this November, do yourself a favor, and do your own homework. Find out who the candidates are and where they stand on important issues. Don’t rely on a media who has an obvious interest in one particular candidate.