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  •  Slight Tendency? (0+ / 0-)

    slight tendency to oversimplify

    There is the understatement of the year. When was the last time you heard a story about policy? Most people can tell you about John Edwards haircut or Hillary Clinton's cleavage but almost no one can tell you any details of anyones health care plan or energy plan because the media steadfastly refuses to tell us anything substantive about policy.

    This all-consuming focus on the horse race and ridiculously irrelevant details helps the Republicans tremendously because they have no plans. Literally, look at their web sites, they have no plans, no agenda, no nothing. All the differences between Republicans and Democrats are turned into innaccurate sound bites, who sighs the most, and who would be more fun to have a beer with.

    But beyond that there is conservative bias, read "What liberal media" by Eric Alterman.

    "George W. Bush in the right man to lead us in the era of post-whatever horrible calamity he leads us into next." John Oliver

    by aprichard on Thu Oct 04, 2007 at 07:41:24 PM PDT

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    •  No, they're mostly right about this. . . (2+ / 0-)
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      Lying eyes, DemocraticLuntz

      Detailed policy proposals are largely irrelevant to voters and to what the candidate will do if elected.  It's enough to know that the Democrats want to extend the reach of current private and public health care systems while the Republicans don't.  Other than that, no one really cares.

      I understand you might like it to be different, and so would I, but that's not the way it is.  The election really is the horse race that the media portrays.  The question is how accurately do they portray it.

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      by LarryInNYC on Thu Oct 04, 2007 at 07:45:40 PM PDT

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      •  Totally Disagree (0+ / 0-)

        If we treat the election like a horse race we will end up electing an ass.

        We fought the Revolutionary War to show that the rabble could rule without a monarch or dictator. That requires an educated and informed populace. For most of U.S. history we have managed it more or less.

        If we continue to vote based on personalities instead of policy, we will continue to be manipulated by the Karl Rove's out there. If we don't inform the electorate, no matter how improbable then we are lost.

        "George W. Bush in the right man to lead us in the era of post-whatever horrible calamity he leads us into next." John Oliver

        by aprichard on Thu Oct 04, 2007 at 09:17:07 PM PDT

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