I have been watching with interest the US campaigns and the news coverage on CNN. I am astounded by the media bias and the Republican campaign circus.
First, let me say that I am not American and thus, not voting in this election. And, I do not want to express political views….everyone has the right to make their own decisions…that is what democracy is about. My concern is about human rights and world harmony and peace.
Let me speak about the Republicans, and in particular, the popularity of one candidate. This man repeatedly makes bullying, sexist, racist, prejudiced, rude, unsubstantive, narcissistic, egotistical comments, and yet, a significant number of people seem to be demonstrating that they think that it’s okay for the President of the United States to demonstrate these behaviors. Someone recently said to me that he’s a good businessman. Well, I believe that he’s been bankrupt more than once, and most good business people in this day and age have had some diversity training and they know that it isn’t okay to demonstrate bullying, sexism, racism and prejudice. Hasn’t the United States and the rest of the free world fought hard for human rights and equality? Now forty some percent of the Republicans are willing to throw that away? Other world leaders are even speaking out against this candidate and it is evident that he will not do anything to strengthen foreign relations for the United States. He does not demonstrate any ability toward diplomacy.
Now, let me go on to the media bias and the coverage of the Democratic candidates. Yesterday, I had CNN on and they announced that the Iowa polls show Bernie Sanders in second place, not really mentioning that he’s three or so points behind Hilary Clinton. They then cut to Bernie Sanders’ campaign and gave them significant time to talk about how they intend to win the Iowa caucus votes. They never went to the Clinton campaign to give them equal time about how they plan to win, or even focused on the fact that Hilary Clinton was leading the poll. In fact, I googled the results of polls in other states, and Hilary Clinton is significantly ahead in most of them. CNN then went on and on and on about Hilary Clinton’s top secret emails. The impression was left that Bernie Sanders was out front, when in actual fact, he is in second place in the Iowa polls after Hilary Clinton….although admittedly close. CNN demonstrated clear bias in favor of Bernie Sanders. News should be news. It should be unbiased. Editorial may give opinion. Clear manipulation is propaganda. CNN seems to have blurred the distinction between news, editorial and propaganda. If they wish to influence the outcome of the selection of the Democratic presidential candidate in favor of Bernie Sanders, then they should be honest and publically endorse him so that the viewing public is clear that they are not reporting; they are supporting.
© Dr. Carla Weaver 2016