My wife Richelle was keeping a watch on the news while I was at Temple University today, to see how things would be reported. She wrote an email to me summarizing her frustration. I told her I wanted to post it to my site, I think it’s a great piece of media criticism. So… after a few additions she wanted to make, here it goes:
John Kerry spoke in Philadelphia today and the only channels that showed it at all were CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC and CNBC. You would think that kerry coming to Philadelphia would be news worthy to the local stations. No! Why is that? When the president is giving a speech it seems to be on all the stations.
CNN talked over the first 5-10 minutes of Kerry?s speech, about his speech, while he was giving his speech. The post commentary made sure to praise and endorse Bush and negatively criticize Kerry. The Fox News Channel (FNC) started showing it late. They then stopped showing it after a half hour to discuss Bush’s whereabouts. Then they showed a poll on who americans trust when it comes to terrorism. Two people then debated and discussed the speech, as if it was over. After the speech was really over they cut to “The War on Terror”. After that they showed another clip and an overview of the speech. They said “Kerry criticized the president”, “he was too negative”, and ?he was becoming
the gloom and doom candidate”. They went on to say “Kerry was trying to create sound bites” that he cannot backup. They created a few “sound bites” of their own. I?m sure we’ll be hearing them a lot the next couple weeks.
MSNBC is the only station that showed the full speech from beginning to end. The post commentary was for Bush against Kerry. They said “Kerry’s words were a contradiction of his actions”.
CNBC only showed a clip of Kerry giving the speech while they read points from his speech then quickly moved on. They showed another clip again after speech. All their comments were negative and pro Bush.
Overall the four least reliable news sources today were the only ones who showed the speech. Then they all had negative post commentary. It seems to me they only ran the speech in the first place to be able to put a negative spin on it. Not one of them reported the speech or John Kerry’s views in an objective news worthy manor. They are all pro Bush. I am disgusted! I don’t understand why it is okay to put down Kerry’s views and not put down Bush’s actions. If they were equal in their negative criticism then it would be fair. I do realize if they did criticize Bush then there would be no news stations reporting on the election at all. Bush would have been impeached several times over for his horrendous actions as president.
After the speech they all reported that “The War on Terror is becoming a key issue in the election”. Also, that Bush will speak later today about the “tax cut”, “a victory for the bush administration”. What a bunch of crap. It is all a distraction from the reality of the Bush administration. It?s a smoke screen dummies!
There was a time when journalism had integrity and reported only the facts. Then you could make you own decision based solely on the facts. Today, they tell you what to think and believe. It must be true, it?s on television. They are the borg, resistance is futile. Bush supporters talk out the butts. They have no real evidence to back up anything good about Bush. They have plenty of evidence of his mistakes. But, we can?t talk about that. He is the president after all. Guess what?! This is America and questioning the president?s actions is our God given right and responsibility as Americans.
Just because we are at war while Bush is in the white house does not mean he should be reelected. His actions concerning and surrounding the war and everything that goes with it is why he should not be reelected. Do you know what is terrifying? Bush getting reelected!!!
Read a newspaper. It seems to be the only place left where there is still some journalistic integrity. Register to vote. Everyone has something to say but only half of them show up to back up their words in a voting booth. Get off the couch and turn off the dummy box.