Mar. 11, 2014

Personality or principle ?

As the media feeding frenzy on both sides of the aisle continues over "scandals", we all need to take a step back and decide what is important and what is a prime-time example of pick and choose reporting for the sake of politics. Scandal on the Presidential level often becomes foremost in the minds of anyone capable of rational thinking, however, the media response often guides the minds of readers, and that guidance is usually biased.  President Clinton proved that personality trumps principle.  Death of a U.S. ambassor would likely stimulate heated discussion, but again, a Clinton proves that personality trumps principle.  Lois Lerner and the IRS shows that the backing of a personable President trumps principle. The far left loves personality as long as the personality favors them, and the far right loves principle, as long as it's their principles. What can we take from this ? It is time to recognize the cold hard facts of an instant information age where personality will dictate whether your words are heard or your ideas are discussed. Dwelling on 'scandals' day after day before any resolution is at hand dulls the senses and bores the younger minds that are constantly looking for something newer or exciting.  I've often asked younger people what they know about current events and the frequent response is "who cares, it's the same old s___ discussed over and over."  Maye that is another area the media should consider. Quit having the same "experts" discuss issues in the same manner week after week and bring in some unknown, outside the circle speakers to get a better idea of what the average American thinks on an issue. Frank Luntz is close to doing that with his focus groups, but wouldn't it be interesting to see some of those "real people" in a one on one interiew with the headliners ! What do you think ?