Hoarse race

October 23, 2012 | By exurbankevin | Filed in: Kevin, MSM and New Media, Politics.

Bitter asks

“I guess what I’m saying is this doesn’t feel like a close election to me. I see more enthusiasm from Republicans and Democrats, and the President’s major domestic program is still wildly unpopular.” 

I think there are two reasons why it SEEMS to a be a close race but isn’t in fact. One is a sin of omission, the other a sin of commission. 

  1. Think of the Presidential race as the ultimate football game (I had an old PoliSci teacher who said, in fact, that sports were invented to distract people from politics) and the media as the sportscasters. If one football team is losing by three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, it’s not in the broadcasters best interest to describe the game as a blowout because people will turn the game off and their ratings will stink. Likewise, if it’s actually NOT a close election and Romney is on his way to a blowout victory of epic proportions, it is NOT in the media’s best interest to report that fact. They acted like this in 2008 with McCain, and they’ll keep doing it as long as they consider themselves to be the only ones qualified to tell us what they should know.
  2. Let’s face it, the media is in bag for Obama. They WANT him to win, and they’ll do whatever they can do to get their candidate of choice another term in office. I’m not one to scream “Media bias!” at every turn because it’s as boring as complaining about the refs at a ball game, but it’s out there, and everyone knows it

One comment on “Hoarse race

  1. I’ve been telling anyone who will listen about the first reason for a while now. I’m absolutely convinced that the fear that viewers will find something else to watch is driving most of the coverage.

    Here’s my October 8th post on this