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Don't count on national media to shape opinion

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

In a Presidential election that should clearly be a referendum on the economy, the race this year has been anything but.

Perhaps by now, we're immune to 8.3 percent unemployment.

Perhaps a $16.3 trillion deficit is of no concern.

So what if 47 million Americans must turn to food stamps to feed their family.

Instead, let's be concerned with how long it took the GOP to condemn an anti-Islamic video.

Let's divert attention away from the obvious policy mistakes by this administration and focus on style over substance.

But the sole way to effectively create this diversion is to have a complicit national media.

And no one knows this strategy better than this administration.

So now, we're led to believe -- given the closeness of the polls -- that the upcoming debates will tip the balance one way or the other.

Are we actually naive or gullible enough to believe this very same national media will provide some form of "balanced" analysis to the debates?

I assure you that impartial analysis is already written.

For many in the national media, the outcome is already a foregone conclusion.

All that remains is some stealth coordination of talking points to declare Obama the clear winner.

Do you find some small irony that it took the Spanish language media to ask honest questions of this administration last week? I'm sure most of you watched that awkward moment for the President.

What? You missed it?

There's an old joke about "Who you gonna believe, me or your tired, old eyes." That seems to apply this year.

When style trumps substance, guess who loses?

Far too many voters lack the time or sophistication to think for themselves and instead, stare at the television to shape their opinion.

This President can lie, stumble, ramble and divert blame better than anyone in history.

What's tragically missing is an honest evaluation of his performance by an impartial national media.

If we wait for that much-needed honest assessment, the outcome may already be determined.

Shame on us!

Michael Jensen
Michael Jensen