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Media hype about the November election

Postby News-Argus on Tue Aug 03, 2010 9:39 am

What do you think about all the media hype about the November election?

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Re: Media hype about the November election

Postby drarnold on Tue Aug 03, 2010 10:29 pm

The Media hype about the elections in November is because currently America is very polarized, but the problem for the Republicans will be to tell the American people just what they stand for politically. The health Care reform bill,and financial reform bill have been stripped down of their full effectiveness by the Republicans. They than pointed a finger a President Obama and claimed that these bills are too weak. The Republicans voted down the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010 which would have given small businesses $12 billion in tax breaks. The bill would also have waived fees on small business loans and created a $30 billion Small Business lending fund within the Treasury Department to ease up credit, but of course the republican sblocked it 58 to 42, they also blocked added Health Care for the Heros of 9/11, the very prople who risked their lives to save others, and now they need our help the Republicans voted no, and to add insult to injury they apoligize to BP for killing 11 Americans, destroying the gulf ecosystem, and poisoning the waters.
I ask you this why would you want to put this Republican party in charge of your future? and more importantly in chage of your childrens future. Why, I ask you, wuold you put them in charge of anything?? The media needs to show them for what they really are " The Party Of NO!"
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Re: Media hype about the November election

Postby Lucy on Wed Aug 04, 2010 1:45 pm

It always goes badly for the majority party if the economy suffers at re-election time. How do you think Obama got into office in the first place? People vote their pocketbooks. What they see scares the heck out of them: deficit spending out of control with no evidence it will be reigned in anytime soon, no jobs in the foreseeable future, fear of taxes going up which will keep small businesses from growing, a health care bill that clearly felt like it was being rammed down our throats and this is just the tip of the iceberg.
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Re: Media hype about the November election

Postby pullen978807 on Wed Aug 04, 2010 3:11 pm

Last semester I was enrolled in a course, Mass Media and American Politics. Coming off of one of the most media hyped national elections in recent memory, I was very interested in the media and political campaigns segment of the course. In this section, lecture and reading materials, enumerated several media behaviors that often preempt the #1 role of the media during election cycles, which is to help voters make informed decisions. I think that these practices, as some conservatives may argue, were relevant to the 2008 campaign, and are relevant to the election cycle that will be held later this year.

(1) Media ignores important parts of political campaigns
(2) Media often focuses on the superficial
(3) Media is largely event-driven
(4) Media forces political campaigns to focus on style over substance, encourages visuals, sound-bites, and attack style politics


In the end the media hype about the November election is all about ratings. In order to boost ratings a news network has to make several compromises. Entertainment content has to supersede informational content. “Fair and balanced” news coverage is often replaced with extreme partisan bias. Moreover, no one brings in ordinary individuals to contribute to the political dialogue. Instead, major cable news networks bring in political elites, government officials, or like-minded journalists, whose experiences is far removed from those of the average American people to contribute to the political discussion. This effectively restricts the range of diversity of media political discourse, which has a documented impact on the way in which American people behave politically (whether or not they vote, who they vote for, whether or not they engage in other political behaviors besides voting ie. canvassing, voter registration, etc.).

Media hype is largely narrative driven; the narrative is a story that the media sells to boost ratings. In 2008 we saw two distinct narratives coming from the media elite. From one side we had the narrative of hope, and change. It was an optimistic narrative that involved a young (with regards to Presidential politics), progressive, African-American leader who could not only bridge America’s past racial divide, but would also close the book on Bush-style politics. On the other side was the Fox News, talk radio, narrative that branded, then Senator Obama, as a socialist, communist, anti-American, foreign-born leader with too many radical associations to be elected President of the United States. What is wrong with both of these narratives? They are emotional based appeals that lack any form of substantive policy considerations/critiques. The appeals don’t assist voters in determining who is best able to handle the economy. Determining whose healthcare policies would be able to provide affordable and accessible healthcare to all American citizens. Determining who offers a sound, comprehensive, and practical immigration reform policy. Determining who is running a purely emotional campaign and has no real policy solutions. This is suppose to be the function of the media.

I am afraid that the media hype surrounding this election is also emotional and narrative driven. The conservative media is excited and anticipating Democratic defeats in both chambers of United States Congress (which will ultimately render the Obama administration a lame duck administration, and bring our government to a complete stand-still for months or possibly until the 2012 election.) The liberal media is also propagating the notion that Democrats better embrace the possibility of losing at many as 36-37 House seats (not enough to lose the House, but enough to make a 51%-49%, near even split) and up to 5 to 6 senate seats. The media is portraying Election 2010 as one of Democratic Decline, Republican Resurgence (or the beginning of one).

I think that the media hype is unwarranted and that the media should focus on other, more important aspects of the 2010 election when providing campaign news coverage; namely, helping voters analyze and identify the substantive policy stances of the candidates they will be deciding between when they step into the voting booth come November of this year.
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Re: Media hype about the November election

Postby drarnold on Thu Aug 05, 2010 5:50 pm

Saying that the small businesses will suffer while your party votes down the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act is a huge contradiction to what you are trying to say Lucy. And to say that the Health Care Bill was crammed down your throat, how do you think all the uninsured felt when they had to choose whether to provide insurance for their family or eat that month? I know you don't think so but that is a really true problem for a lot of Americans and now they can provide for their families with dignity.
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Re: Media hype about the November election

Postby Casper on Tue Oct 19, 2010 11:11 am

Personally, I find the Media Hype offensive. Truth doesn't seem to play a part in the Media Hype. I do not like that the money used to campaign are used to slam the opponunt. This money should be to discuss that candidates attributes and skills, focusing how that particular candidate will perform in that particular office. I am so tired of a campaign being based on "what the other guy" did wrong and not addressing the platform for this particular candidates plan for success. But nothing will change because the slurs are a part of what we expect from the candidates. I can only hope. Oh, maybe if each candidate had to personally pay for the "Slurs" then maybe they would stop. This is a problem that crosses political lines.
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Re: Media hype about the November election

Postby zog on Wed Oct 27, 2010 3:22 pm

The News Argus is doing their part, telling people "Election Day is Nov. 3 when polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m."

http://www.newsargus.com/news/archives/ ... ly_voting/

I am sure anyone that shows up on the 3rd will appreciate the News Argus letting them know the best time for their vote to be counted.

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