Monday, November 29, 2010

The Nation Magazine has an important article that connects the rise of massive front-group spending in elections with the decline of the media’s coverage of political campaigns and policy issues. A front group’s distorting message becomes so much more effective when repeated frequently and when the media abandons its job, which is not gotcha journalism but solid political reporting. A responsible media would not just cover the latest polling and financing data, but the substance of what difference it makes whether Candidate A or Candidate B wins. The article is loaded with information about the 2010 election cycle, and exclaims: “The changes taking place in how campaigns are paid for and covered provides the most meaningful explanation for otherwise incomprehensible shifts in our politics.”

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One Response to “Monday, November 29, 2010”

  1. Frank Burns says:

    The good thing about the internet, is that politicians are very quickly caught in their lies. It forces the politicians, particularly the Democrats to be more truthful. They don’t like getting caught on Utube saying the opposite of what they said publically. President Obama is very guilty of misrepresentations and The Drudge Report keeps him honest.