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CNN’s Kurtz Laments Lack of Campaign Substance

Blames media, but misses the point

The media have been giving us binders full of blather.

In a campaign that is supposedly, allegedly and ostensibly about big and serious issues, we have been wallowing in what amounts to sideshow stuff.

It’s not just the focus on Mitt Romney saying at last week’s presidential debate that in looking for appointees in Massachusetts he received “binders full of women,” an admittedly funny phrase that exploded on cable news. The trending Twitter topic after this week’s face off was President Obama’s line about Romney hearkening back to a military backed by “horses and bayonets.” Journalists after the first debate flocked to that towering issue known as Big Bird.

Are the media trivializing the campaign?

We have, through the course of this endless campaign season, bounced from one ephemeral controversy to the next, from the dog on the roof to “oops!” from Etch A Sketch to Joe Biden’s laughter. CNN

As someone who shares Howard Kurtz’s frustration with the media’s sensationalized coverage of meaningless soundbites, he fails to recognize what created this.

If the media actually provided a forum to talk to about legitimate issues, the conservative wins. The media knows this so they dumb everything down and trivialize the entire campaign.

Imagine if the media actually gave Barack Obama’s policies the scrutiny they deserve and asked legitimate questions? Mitt Romney wouldn’t even have to campaign. Because John McCain would be in office.

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