Friday, September 05, 2008
I stay away from politics on this site because honestly I love all of you and I think every politician is full of crap anyway. The only politicians that generally matter in our day to day lives are the local politicians. They are the ones who are responsible for sales tax, state income tax, water rates, electric rates, phone rates, roads, garbage, schools, property taxes, parking rates, cable, and yet they are the ones we are completely apathetic towards when it comes to voting instead of just our normal partially apathetic selves in national elections.
So, with that being said I just wanted to talk for a second about Sarah Palin. I have no opinion on her at all. This is simply about the media being manipulated and looking stupid.
Lets go back a week. Barack Obama had just given a speech in a football stadium that was packed and rumor had it that McCain was going to trot out some random white guy no one had ever heard of to be his running mate. So, then you would have had Obama/Boring White Guy on one ticket and Boring White Guy/Boring White Guy on the other ticket.
Now, lets go back to when Sarah Palin was announced. Notice she was announced with about 24 hours before weekly magazine deadlines. Then notice how all these stories about her came out so fast and furiously. Everyone was saying McCain and his people were idiots for not checking this stuff out and it was a horrible mistake on their part.
Does anyone honestly believe that? Does anyone believe in this time of background checks and such that none of this was noticed and that he just drew a name out of a hat? Please.
The negative press was so bad on her for the first 24 hours that people thought she would pull out. In those 24 hours all the tabloids went to press and all plastered her all over the covers of almost every magazine. Do you think boring white guy as a VP candidate gets that? Umm, no.
So, in about 48 hours you went from Obama this and Obama that to every single person in the entire world talking about Sarah Palin. She is on covers of tabloids, people talk about her constantly, and the whole world tunes in to watch her speech. Think they would have turned on boring white guy? Nope.
Think about all those comments that were made about the mistake made by McCain last week. Maybe it was a mistake and they got lucky, or maybe it was a strategy. I do know that to me it seems though as if the media got played. They were all jumping all over stories that said how investigations were done wrong and that no one knew any of this stuff. Please. The stories about the pregnancy, the DWI, and everything else came out in 5 minutes. It just had never been done before. Pick someone who has so much baggage and controversy that it just dominates the airwaves every second of everyday, while the nominee from the other party who should be basking in a post convention glow can't even get a mention anywhere in the news.
Anyway, just something that has been on my mind, and would love to know what you think. Maybe I am just reading it all wrong.