Time for the Media to Step To the Plate



Now that members of the press can no longer cover the news safely, maybe they will stop rolling over and stand up for America. The press let Bush give away all the rest of the bill of rights, but now that mob rule threatens free speech and freedom of the press, and reporters as well as candidates are being threatened as traitors and terrorists, the news media has got to start being responsible.

First and foremost, talking heads, stop covering that hatefilled swill. Especially in the case of Sarah Palin, who refuses to give a press conference, you the media, do not owe her a second of coverage. If you do send someone to cover her (and hopefully you will not have to provide body armor) you do not need to report her hate speech. I agree with Andrew Sullivan  who maintained that Ms. Palin does not deserve a moment of coverage (Fox news of course will show her 24/7) until she agrees to discuss her views with the Press. But that is just the beginning.

I call additionally for a general boycott of all negative ads, of any candidate, unless they are judged by the editorial boards of your newsroom to be both 1. Truthful and 2. Not scary or hate inducing.  I think that any and all ads should be allowed to run, but not freely promoted by the talking heads. If you must review them, review the facts without the dangerous music and menacing images and hateful words. 

And let’s see some interviews with psychologists and others who can shed some light on mob mentality, discussing group phenomena like groupthink and obedience research, as part of the reason that things are goin so awry. Main Stream Media, its your turn to step up to the plate and bring out the best in America and call foul on the worst as it rears its ugly head.


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  1. I agreed with your sentiment, however,

    The media? They know people love entertainment–it’s the business they’re in. (including the news media). And politicians know it too. All the insults back on forth on liberal and conservative blogs, daily newspapers, etc–lies being spread… I can sometimes imagine candidates sitting back at night watching the results of their negativity, as they’ve successfully pit American versus American, and saying, “Just like when my shampoo tingles I know its working, I see the ads are working.”

    Joe Biden speaks of how John McCain is a good friend of his. I believe it, honestly. I can easily picture them kicking back in McCain’s living room in the evening, having a beer together.

    “Hey John, that was a pretty good lie you told about me the other day.”
    “Oh, Joe, I learned that one from you. Don’t you remember your campaign in ’94?”
    Joe laughs, “Oh, hehe… yeah… I wonder what he’s doing now. Last I heard, he was working at a car wash.”

    As long as the masses eat up all the show business of campaigning, as long as there’s a demand there will be a supply. Until the demand is made from The People that it stop, when the people reject such activities from their “leaders,” it will continue. We are playing right into their hands and it’s proved every election cycle.

    And nastiness? It’s not any worse now than it has been in the past. The earliest “relationship” I’ve only touched upon briefly would be Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton. This only a mild example of the vitriol that took place.

    Hamilton (younger than Jefferson by 12 years) did not trust the general public: The people are turbulent and changing, he wrote in 1787, they seldom judge or determine right. Jefferson, by contrast, had supreme faith in the electorate and wished to guarantee the survival of liberty by improving the education of the common people. Cunningham reveals that there is no record of the first meeting between the men, but they both were members of Washington’s first cabinet–Jefferson was Secretary of State, and Hamilton was Secretary of the Treasury. Their first important clash was over the formation of the national bank (Hamilton favored it–and won). Jefferson hated Hamilton’s fondness for paper currency and later wrote Washington that he believed he had been duped by Hamilton and made a tool for forwarding his schemes. Hamilton later called Jefferson a contemptible hypocrite and could not bring himself to credit Jefferson even for Louisiana, whose purchase, sniped Hamilton, was due to fortuitous . . . circumstances rather than any wise or vigorous measure. Cunningham concludes–somewhat superfluously–that both men contributed greatly to the shaping of the American nation.

    Thomas Jefferson Versus Alexander Hamilton: Confrontations that Shaped a Nation (Bedford Series in History and Culture) (Hardcover)

    It’s time for The People to step up to the plate. Boycott cable and television, perhaps?

    Here we go, from TIME magazine (coincidentally, partnered with Warner Brothers, Time-Warner, who owns CNN)

    “I’ll tell you what autism is. In 99% of the cases, it’s a brat who hasn’t been told to cut the act out.”

    Michael Savage,
    conservative talk-show radio host, calling the disorder a “fraud” and a “racket”

    That’s on page 18, TIME magazine, August 14, 2008

    Demand and supply. If there wasn’t a demand, people who made ridiculous statements would be out of business.

  2. Correction: TIME magazine, Aug 4, 2008.

  3. plain is dangerous to incite racial tensions within the country she is truley disqualified to be vice president

  4. Call for Media to Stand up to Hate and Fear Tactics | politikly.com…

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  5. authorfriendly, you should take a look at the The Big Six.

    The U.S. media landscape is dominated by massive corporations that, through a history of mergers and acquisitions, have concentrated their control over what we see, hear and read. In many cases these giant companies are vertically integrated, controlling everything from initial production to final distribution.

  6. Not sure if this is a psychology question or a strategy question (though I see both disciplines are somewhat linked) – For so many ill-informed voters aren’t catchy news sound bites that dig up juicy dirt on the opposition going to be more effective than reasoned and level argument?

    It’s sad that it’s come to this as it so often does in politics.

  7. Wowah it’s getting a bit scary… an article in the Washington Post “Anger Is Crowd’s Overarching Emotion at McCain Rally” http://tinyurl.com/3oy66t

    “I’m mad! I’m really mad!” another man said, taking the microphone and refusing to surrender it easily, even when McCain tried to agree with him.
    “I’m not done. Lemme finish, please,” he said after a standing ovation. “When you have Obama, [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and the rest of the hooligans up there going to run the country, we have to have our head examined.
    “It’s time that you two represent the rest of us. So go get ’em.”
    The crowd burst into loud chants of “U-S-A! U-S-A!”
    Standing at the center of the crowd, McCain and Palin drew on the crowd’s energy as they repeatedly trained their fire on Obama.”

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