Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Obama and McCain to Media: STFU.

After my beating the drum of the media FAIL for months now – it looks like Barack Obama and John McCain have caught on.

Last week ABC News offered to exclusively air the first of the proposed town hall forums that the candidates agreed, in principle, to have during the general-election campaign.

Ultimately rejecting this offer, both campaigns insisted that any citizen-based town hall event had to be open to all television outlets, be available on the Internet, and not be sponsored or organized by a single news organization. Further the campaigns stressed that the town hall meeting would not be moderated by the press. Also interestingly, the forum being proposed for the general election is a Lincoln/Douglas-style event, which would also allow the candidates to address voters unfiltered and keep journalists on the sidelines, where they belong.

As Eric Boehlert over at Media Matters writes,

By smartly swatting down ABC's proposal, the message seemed clear: The campaigns want to get the media off the stage. Journalists are not the collective third candidate in this election, although at times it's obvious they consider themselves to be just as important as political leaders. That runaway narcissism has severely damaged the craft, and the campaigns have wisely decided to give the press a time-out.

Oh snap.

I guess Obama and McCain learned the lessons of press failure 101 in baring witness to the massacring of Hillary Clinton. Smart move.


Student Guy said...

Very nice CG,

I'll have to add a linky sometime after my finals are over and yes I am being a bad student by reading instead of studying.

One suggestion about formatting (since I am very uptight about color) the light green background with black text is a little annoying, you might go for a text slightly tinted to the red side of things. But that is just me and I love pale yellow on Black for readability...

Kudos on the good article.


Student Guy said...

PS I am not really a super intelligent frog hoping a a keyboard, or am I?

alyssa chaos said...

aren't you a badass, now that you got your own site and all. haaha; congrats.