Posted by: smstrouse | September 17, 2016

Can We Talk About the Real Issues, Please?!

4772158-144080583718121-pngCNN admits “We got played.”

Reporters showed up at the opening of a new hotel owned by the candidate who shall not be named. Said candidate had promised that he would also make a statement about the birthplace of President Obama. If they expected that he’d apologize or admit he’d been wrong to make such a big non-issue of the president’s citizenship, they were quickly disabused of that fantasy.

Instead of making a genuine (or even true) statement, he declared: “Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it. I finished it. You know what I mean. President Barack Obama was born in the United States. Period. Now we all want to get back to making America strong and great again.”

The good news in this ridiculous story is that the media is finally beginning to push back . CNN panelists called out the claims of statement for what they were: outrageous lies.

Well, good. Mainstream media is getting tired of being played. I hope CNN and other news sources also get that we’re tired of getting played, too. Inside of hearing candidates’ in-depth answers to the crucially important questions of the day, we’re subjected to endless speculation about Hillary – from her pantsuits to her pneumonia. And we’re fed a continuous diet of bombastic rhetoric that goes unchallenged by most news outlets.

Until now. Maybe. We’ll see. Will we begin to pay attention to the real issues of the day? As climate change continues to affect our planet, will we hear debate moderators ask about that? As the gap between rich and poor grows ever wider, will we see in-depth coverage of that? As racism and sexism continue to permeate national politics, will we get insightful thoughts about that?

C’mon CNN. Lead the way.

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