English: Brian Williams at the Vanity Fair celebration for the 9th annual Tribeca Film Festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I collect coincidences for fun. I recently began noticing that the worst journalists have two first names, one as a first name and one as a second name. ABC has Jonathan Karl. NBC has Brian Williams, Chuck Todd and David Gregory. FOX has newly acquired George Will, Ed Henry, Megyn Kelly and Charles Krauthammer. Now that is a coincidence. I plan on looking for more on ABC and CBS.
Richard Milhous Nixon, 37th President of the United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Famous words of President Richard Nixon in a speech to the nation before he resigned under the threat of impeachment. If the media then were like the media now, they would have accepted his words and stopped pursing the truth of Watergate, just shrugging their shoulders and saying that there was a difference of opinion. Nixon would have remained in office until the end of his term in January, 1977, and Gerald Ford would have remained Vice President.
If someone in a crowded theater yells “Fire” and people are injured or trampled to death while fleeing and there is no fire, the one person yelling “Fire” was just expressing a difference of opinion and/or was mistaken. The media have a responsibility to determine and report the truth, even though Chuck Todd contends that as a reporter, it is not his job. Reporting what different sides say is much easier than trying to determine the facts and the truth. In climate change, if 999 scientists say that climate change is real and likely caused, in part, by man, and one scientist disagrees, current media are likely to report both sides and say that there is disagreement. We, the voting public, are not well served by today’s media
Chuck Todd, writer for National Journal and editor-in-chief of Hotline, delivering a briefing on “Countdown to the 2006 Midterm Elections” in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Some pundits like Chuck Todd are wedded to presenting meaningless poll numbers rather than meaningful information that voters can use. Case in point, the often repeated poll numbers that show most Americans believe that the country is headed in the wrong direction. The implied meaning is that President Obama is leading the country in the wrong direction. The American voter needs and deserves context, so that we can decide what the numbers mean. Do voters believe that the country is heading in the wrong direction because of Barack’s agenda or do voters believe that the GOP in Congress are blocking needed reforms? Context is everything
English: Enhanced version of existing file in Wikipedia Commons (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This morning on Meet the Press, Chuck Todd was bemoaning the fact that trust in government is being eroded by birtherism and trutherism over the BLS labor statistics. Well Chuck, it is the GOP and a plot on their part to discredit government so that American voters will accept the GOP agenda. The media have no one else to blame but themselves for giving the GOP air time on the tube to propound their wild theories. The media should be debunking what the GOP are trying to sell. And Chuck, don’t treat elections as horse races; elections are serious business and should be treated that way. The latest poll numbers showing one candidate up and another down are largely meaningless and a waste of time. The media should be explaining the issues. If you do not, elections are reduced to personally contests, beauty pageants with the prize being political power over our lives for the next two or four years.