The Republicans seized Obama’s pig remark and claimed it was sexist and aimed at Sarah Palin. Can you see me rolling my eyes? This morning, Obama slammed the GOP for not discussing the issues and “seize on an innocent remark, take it out of context, throw up an outrageous ad because they know it is catnip for the news media.”1 And, that got me thinking. What if all these divisions between the red states and blue states are solely because of the news media?
Think about it, Obama and McCain debate each other and stick totally on the issues, how boring is that? How many news magazines would that sell? How many news stations want to cover an adult debate? How many papers would sell if it was only issues McCain and Obama mentioned? I’m going to do this when I’m President and my opponent wants to do something else. How many times a day would you check CNN if the breaking news was: McCain announces his healthcare plan?
I’m not sure who decided dirty campaigning made for better news, but isn’t it time that the American public stopped paying attention? Don’t click on the headline that states McCain slaps Obama or Obama sticks it to McCain. Click on the headline that says McCain’s withdrawal plan for Iraq or Obama’s solution for the North Korea problem.
And, while I’m on the subject, stop paying attention when they feed us stories about Paris Hilton, Lindsey Lohan and Britney Spears. Don’t buy the magazine with Brad and Angelina’s twins in it. For that matter, don’t buy the one that tells you all about Jennifer Anniston’s break up with John Mayer.
Buy the magazine that gives you real news, not eye catching headlines.
Then, maybe, we can deal with the issues.