A Bad Day For Democracy

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┬átried 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.

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6 Responses to A Bad Day For Democracy

  1. Theresa Knudson says:

    Very well put, Gilbert Martinez! We certainly have a serious problem with the news media and the lack of concern for honesty and fairness on the part of so many Obama supporters who are supposed to be inspired by him. I wish I knew of some way that concerned citizens could band together to have some effect on media fairness and accuracy. We seem to be going down hill fast with the growing emphasis on news media people thinking their opinions should be rationalized by their distorted versions of the facts instead of having standards of honesty and complete accuracy.

  2. coldH2Owi says:

    PUMA, Mr. Dr. Gilbert & Theresa Knudson, PUMA, that’s the ticket. You’d better get over there so you can get in on the ground floor.

    Whether the AP was right or wrong, how in the world does this affect democracy? Do you want government control of the media, or just Sen. Clinton control of the media?

  3. coldH2Owi says:

    “Part of the reason we ended up in Iraq was….”

    Sen. Clinton voted for it. I agree that the media helped immensely, but to ignore Sen. Clinton’s important role is disingenuous.

  4. waddleduck says:

    I wish I knew of some way that concerned democratic citizens could band together to have some effect on media fairness and accuracy.
    We seem to be going down hill fast with the growing emphasis on news media people thinking their opinions should be rationalized by their distorted versions of the facts instead of having standards of honesty and complete accuracy.

    Hillary should not concede to Obama.

    The Democratic way is to count every vote cast.

    Not what RBC done on Saturday.

    Keep hanging in there Hillary.
    We need you

  5. Gilbert Martinez says:

    Hillary never voted for a war. You can say that until the cows come home but it doesn’t make it true. Even the liberal bloggers who blame Clinton for sending us into Iraq were conceding that AUMF was not a vote for war back in ’04 (go read TPM and WashMonthly).

    You folks need to be consistent, cold. I know, I know, you’re supposed to be smart and I’m supposed to be stupid (hence your constant condescension) but at least I’m consistent. And history will show that Hillary was the most consistent on Iraq, not Barack “my view is the same as Bush’s” Obama.

    And yes, oh wise, anonymous cold: Sen. Clinton should control the media. That’s exactly what I said. Note how you were inconsistent between your first comment and second comment regarding the media. OK to manipulate in one aspect but not another so long as it justifies your means. You just proved my point re: moral authority when the media takes us into the next war.

  6. coldH2Owi says:

    Frankly, Mr. Dr. Gilbert, I sort of like condescension. It works for me. PUMA, baby, PUMA.