May 6th Primaries and the "News"

I was interested in seeing what happened earlier today in the Democratic primaries with Obama and Clinton, and one thing that stood out, believe it or not, was the MEDIA. I probably could have gone to xyz.com to get results, and more than likely the updates would have been timely, but perhaps I’m a throw-back to “ancient” times – I watched the news. I mainly watched CNN, with occasional switches to the Fox News channel.

I won’t get in to all the cheap shots that Hannity took (that was the guy who was on when I got home from work around 7:00). 

At one point when I was watching CNN, Wolf Blitzer, who honestly is a guy I know very little about, really rubbed me the wrong way. He was talking to two Mayors from Indiana, and it was very close to the end of the coverage. CNN took a break or switched focus or something, and Wolf said “I want BOTH of you to stand by…”.

This is just another example of how the media in this country has devolved to a state where they feel that governmental agencies OWE them something. I get the feeling that some news teams have grown so arrogant and so cocky that in this case, Wolf Blitzer felt he had the right to tell two Mayors of one of the states of our union to wait for HIM. To be “on hold”, as it were.

Wow. I’m sure that dozens of other people have blogged or written about this, but I have a very scary thought.

How long have the news organizations been making their own news? Are we at the point where News Anchor A will purposely say something so shocking or controversial or biased that News Anchor B has no choice but to report on it? And if so, haven’t we lost the concept of reporting on what actually happens in favor of what news organizations’ SPIN is of what happens?

Gad zukes. What would the founders think of our country right now.

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