By now, you know that I think the media are puppeteers: they pull the strings to make us dance. They determine what’s important, and how content should be delivered. They make us hear what they want us to hear.
Let’s think about the process for picking a Democratic candidate.
A bunch of people form exploratory committees, raise money, go to Iowa, and decide that they will run for President.
This year there was a bumper crop of candidates flying around the country, extolling their virtues as to why they should become the leader of America.
Then came the debates.
Now with a group of 20 or so people, it’s logical that you would split the candidates up and have two different debates. I agree with this.
The Democratic party has two sides, the progressive side and the moderate side. This is how it should be- different types of people with different opinions. But if you have two different factions, why wouldn’t you have the progressives debate one another on one night and the moderates debate one another on another night? Wouldn’t that be the logical thing, allow the voters to see the differences between the moderates, how they stack up against one another, and similarly the progressives. We already know how the moderates are different from the progressives- that’s easy. But against one another? Not so much. In my mind, narrow down the people in each faction, then when they get down to about five progressives and five moderates, let them duke it out.
Were moderate choices drowned out by progressive candidates?
Why wasn’t the debate split up so that each section of the party could be highlighted properly?
Did the media want to highlight certain candidates and hide some others?
Have certain candidates received more “time” than others and is this fair? In an election cycle, shouldn’t all the candidates receive the same amount of attention from the media? And I know there is a sort of balance game where they technically do, but if someone is constantly on page one, and someone else is back near the sports, is that equal coverage? If one event is reported at 7pm, and another at 11:30- is that fair treatment?
Have the news networks already picked out the Democratic candidate for President?