Each week in ‘Perspectives’, I make an attempt to bring the most recent political topics to our platform for discussion in an objective, non-partisan manner. As I continue to monitor the events daily, I have come to realize that if our political system continues in this manner, we could be in real trouble. Especially if we have to base our information on what the news media is disseminating to the American public daily. Much of the news media focuses on the same topics and it is becoming a little monotonous. It is much like most of the music of today. It all sounds the same.
Breaking News is not repeating the same news story for several hours on different news programs on the same network. If additional commentary is being offered to provide greater clarity to a situation, then it is understandable. However, if it is just a repeat of what a previous colleague has reported in the previous hour, then it no longer remains breaking news.
While politics in and of itself is exhausting because politicians from both parties have their own personal agendas, adding the news media outlets to the story causes the situation to become much worse. Both politicians and the news media have their own agendas. Despite any arguments by both related to having the American people’s best interest in mind, what is being projected in the media states quite the opposite. So what are we supposed to do? What are we supposed to believe? Better yet, who are we supposed to believe?
We do not have the access to certain information for obvious reasons. At the same time, the information that is selected to be provided to the public has so many redactions that we would have been better off without it. One question comes to mind: Would we have to contend with so many leaks if everyone would just be honest in the first place?
I do not have any idea of whether any of this gets any better. From my perspective, the future of politics and the news would be better off if the American people stood up and held both institutions accountable for their actions. Both institutions are pointing fingers at the other, but have not accepted responsibility for the role that each of them have played in the whole confusion. If the news media outlets are waiting for the perfect politician, I hate to disappoint them, but they may as well close their doors. If politicians are waiting for the news media outlets to suspend their quest for ratings and insatiable appetite for scandal, they may as well return to their home states.
I firmly believe that the American people have grown frustrated with both institutions because our way of life is not the better because of either group. If anything, they have made us want to disconnect from them both because we are have already begun to figure things out for ourselves anyway.
What are your thoughts? I would appreciate any feedback from anyone. This is a community effort to living our best life in honor of the One Who has given us this life to live. Love God, love others, and love yourself!
Sean Mungin, author of “The Thorn In The Flesh”