Why is the Media Downplaying Our Voting Scandal?
by Danny Schechter
Published on Friday, May 19, 2006
Explain this to me. Why do so few of our TV
“journalists” and political reporters seem interested in
all the questions that have been raised about the
integrity of our voting system?
Voting is at the heart of our democracy. Billions of
dollars are spent on political campaigns and tens of
millions on covering them. All the networks have
election units complete with pollsters, analysts and
experts up the kazoo. All of them sound authoritative
and spice their commentary with personal war stories and
a parade of insider anecdotes.
Just tune in any election night and you have to marvel
at all the space age technology, fancy graphics and
computer assisted projections. The anchors seem to know
as much about the history of voting percentages in each
Congressional district as fanatical baseball fans recall
earned run averages and the speed of each pitch.