One thing that really frustrates me about the mainstream media is how they can essentially manipulate America’s collective consciousness by perpetuating narratives that are complete nonsense. The one that’s been hovering around Obama is that he is all style and no substance (he’s a “rock star”); that he’s this green, empty vessel that all of us ignorant young people have projected our hopes and dreams on. The reality is that no major candidate has been as consistent, substantive, and clear on the issues as Barack Obama.
Here’s a great article from the Huffington post in which the mainstream media is called out for this kind of lazy and fallacious reporting.
“Now that Barack Obama has officially announced his candidacy for the White House, we can officially announce the kickoff of the most hackneyed take on his campaign from the Washington punditry. It’s the Second Coming of ‘Where’s the Beef?’ (the hole card of all boring old school politicians and analysts when faced with a captivating opponent or candidate). . .
“It makes me wonder: don’t these guys own a computer? If they took the time to surf the websites of any of the candidates, they’d see that the presidential campaign is already awash in real specifics on all kinds of real challenges. Indeed, they should go to barackobama.com right now and click on ‘Issues.” They’ll see something called “Plan to End the War in Iraq,” which is… a plan to end the war in Iraq. But maybe the war isn’t a real enough challenge for Russert. . .”
Here’s a great clip of Barack Obama addressing the issue.