Media's heavy influence on presidential campaigns


These days, the mainstream media have taken a very strange direction. In years past, telling the truth was the driving force behind all good journalism.

In today’s increasingly corporate-controlled society, it seems that the pursuit of truth has taken a backseat to the pursuit of fairness.

The concepts of truth and fairness are sometimes mutually exclusive.

If in the process of preparing a story, a journalist tries to get the perspective of only two or three opposing sides, the truth is likely lost.

The most recent example of this has been the media’s overall treatment of Ron Paul, a presidential candidate of the Republican Party.

Currently, Ron Paul is the choice of every voter who has come to realize that the corporations have gone out of control with the government helping them along. Paul wants to do away with government interference in private enterprise, which is not something that many corporations favor.

After all, if you can lobby the government to create laws which stop your competitors from competing against you, why would you not?

However, the media itself is owned and operated by large corporate interests and have yet to realize this fact.

Paul’s presidential campaign is a challenge to the way things have been done at the highest levels of power. The mainstream media still acts as though it is 1950 and every candidate deserves the benefit of the doubt.

The unfortunate truth is that Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich do not deserve anything. No one among them deserves to be in the Oval Office. An approach of fairness — covering each candidate equally in an attempt to be unbiased — actually gives away a bias.
Refusing to tell the truth of Santorum’s discrimination, Romney’s indecisiveness or Gingrich’s plan to make school children into janitors is something akin to moral cowardice.

Headlines which read “Where is Ron Paul?” after Paul has addressed crowds of thousands show an even further bias.

What can be deduced by all this?

The media control which messages the public receive and do not receive.
If the media does not report about a man robbing a bank, most people will not know about it. Likewise, if the media choose not to report about the dangerous viewpoints already espoused by three out of the four Republican candidates for president, many people will not know about it.

American citizens were granted freedom of the press and freedom of speech in the Constitution.
Sadly, as the politicians in Washington pass blatantly unconstitutional laws, it seems that fewer journalists are willing to step up and tell the truth about what is going on.

Is keeping a job in the media more important than doing the job properly?

If the media censors itself to allow only certain types of messages to get through, newspapers, writers and television anchors only have themselves to blame when they wake up one morning and they find that a tyrant is in the White House


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