Tag:John McCain
Posted on: July 28, 2008 7:47 am

Is Obama overhyped by the media?

Hopefully this blog doesn't set off a tense political debate, as that isn't my intention. I read an article by Glenn Beck last week, and he makes a really good arguement to say that the media pays way too much attention to the Presidential candidate, while all but ignoring the other guy, what's his name, oh yea McCain.

Here is one of the topics he covered.

"Sometimes it's hard to tell if Barack Obama is running for president of the United States or Mr. Universe."

If you're guessing that's a quote from Michelle Obama, you're wrong. It was the first sentence of a recent article about Obama's frequent gym visits, published by the esteemed Associated Press.

So many Americans have apparently been worried that Obama might lose his great six-pack abs, the AP felt obligated to step in and put our minds at ease.

"The Democratic presidential contender exercises regularly," the Pulitzer-worthy article continued, "but over a 24-hour span this week, he took it to a new extreme. Twice on Wednesday and again Thursday morning, Obama traveled to a lakefront apartment building near his Chicago home to work out with a friend at his gym."

I don't know about you, but is this really news worthy? So the guy works out, so what. How does that help me to decide if he is going to be a good President.

It doesn't stop there. I'm sure most of you heard that Obama was doing a tour of the Middle East and Europe. Did you know that McCain did the same thing a few months ago?

And then you have the almost embarrassing way the media have gushed over Obama's trip to the Middle East. There were 200 requests for the 40 press seats available on Obama's plane, and all three top network anchors (Katie Couric, Charles Gibson and Brian Williams) made the trip and are broadcasting live from each country Obama visits.

You can't buy that kind of publicity. And neither could McCain.

McCain made a trip to the Middle East in March and didn't have to worry about finding seats for any network anchors, because none of them wanted to go. And while Obama was flying from country to country this week in a plane packed with celebrity reporters, McCain flew to an event in New Hampshire. After his Boeing 737 landed in Manchester, he stepped out onto the tarmac and glanced at the one reporter who'd bothered to show up. Yes, one.

When the whole Clinton vs. Obama campaign was going on it seemed to me that the media, CNN especially went out of there way to bash Hilary whenever they could, yet there weren't that many negative items about Obama. So did the media play a part in his eventual win?

Will the media decide who is going to be our next President? Many people who vote, don't bother to read or educate themselves about the candidates, and choose to listen to the media, then make their decision. That kind of scares me, especially after reading that the three major networks have spent 114 minutes covering Obama since June, and only 48 minutes talking about McCain.

I'm not here to make a pitch for either candidate, although I am leaning towards McCain. All I really want to stress is, research each candidate so you can come to an informed opinion before casting your vote in November. Don't let the media tell you who to vote for.

If you are interested in the article, here is a link.


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