No matter how you feel about the eventual Democratic nominee (Hillary or Obama), today was a bad day for democracy. Not once, but twice (at least, the day is still young) AP tried to call this race before the voters had a chance to get to the polls. The media shamelessly tried to influence the results of today’s election. Even if the stories are true is there a good reason that they came out before polls closed in SD and MT? Less than 12 hours before the last poll closes, the media couldn’t wait to call this race over (even though its not until August, or if Hillary concedes). That is a deliberate effort to sway the outcome, and is bad for democracy.
Part of the reason we ended up in Iraq was because the media was willing to push a story line and shove it down the throats of the citizens. Part of the reason why George Bush is president rather than Al Gore is because the media shoved Bush down our throats and all but forced Gore to concede. The lack of outrage by many in the so-called liberal blogosphere is telling and signals trouble for democracy in the future. For the most part, the so-called liberal blogosphere has walked hand in hand with the MSM rather than calling for a basic sense of fairness. The complaining about 2000 and the lead up to the war in Iraq now rings hollow.
You don’t have to like Hillary Clinton to realize the dangerous trajectory we are headed on. The media has made the choice for us and the previous media police have decided to join hands in an alliance to sway the results of elections. Who is next? What war is next? We have lost the moral authority to complain should the media decide to jump on the McCain bandwagon or the Iran war bandwagon. And that is truly a bad day for democracy no matter who you support in the primary.