Column Targeted Only One Side
Given the political tenor of The Pilot, it isn’t surprising that Steve Bouser’s column (Feb. 8) disproportionately singled out the present Republican slate of presidential candidates by disparagingly likening their quests to become president as nothing more cerebral than that of “reality TV” show contestants.
What part of Barack Obama’s Democratic nomination acceptance in Denver, and his ultimate presidential victory in Chicago, was not a full embrace of “American Idol”?
The Doric columns, the Hollywood entertainment roster, the Bruce Springsteen concert, an adoring audience mesmerized by a rainmaker not seen since Burt Lancaster in a movie by the same name? Was there a scintilla of “genuine political process” in that almost two-year exercise of a presidential election last time around?
Does “truth matter(s)” in his 2012 State of the Union speech, riddled with its inaccuracies and misinformation? Is his snide use of clever sound bites and divisive rhetoric analyzed as a tactic designed to mislead the public, or does it translate into his “talking in relatively gentlemanly fashion,” about class warfare? How much of the Obama presidency is itself a “reality TV” show?
No strangers to the scene, the mainstream media have successfully employed their scorched-earth policy aimed at the Republican candidates. Debate questions are designed to personalize, belittle and visually antagonize the contestants, ergo the “reality.”
Disdain for the Republican side is palpable, resulting thus far in keeping the pressure off Obama’s dismal record and failed policies, and harping on the politics of personal annihilation, which became so popular with the advent of Carville and Begala in 1992.
The Pilot has merely taken another page out of their Clinton playbook by characterizing the Republican slate of presidential candidates as nothing better than a poor choice from an even more degrading phenomenon known as “reality TV.”
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