The news is always buzzing with information about government officials. After all, the public should know what decisions theses officials are making for the people they represent. However, lately many local and national news sources are failing to deliver pertinent information to the public.
On March 5, Gov. Sarah Palin announced to the public that she was pregnant with her fifth baby. Though this was interesting news that the public would want to know, the amount of coverage it got was unnecessary. One Alaska talk-radio show even committed an hour of the broadcast to discussing whether Palin had a duty to inform the public earlier about the pregnancy. The governor had already proved she could handle a government job and carry, deliver and care for a new baby while she was mayor of Wasilla.
Palin’s pregnant, yes, but there are more important issues to talk about, such as progress on the gas line and what to do with the state surplus.
Unneeded news surrounding Palin’s pregnancy is sand compared to the rock piles of ridiculous information we are given about presidential candidates.
True, Hillary Clinton is a woman and Barack Obama is black. Everyone can see that, so why are there still so many headlines surrounding this? There are more important things to talk about, such as policies for the economy, Iraq, health care and national security.
If news organizations want to dig up some other things for news, they shouldn’t go for the obvious race and gender of the candidates. Instead, they could discuss things like where the candidates received their education, whether they’ve ever had ethics complaints brought against them, or the abilities they’ve shown while working in the Senate that will help them as president.
The number of headlines surrounding the candidates’ religions are catching up with the number discussing their fixes for the U.S. economy. Religious beliefs do play an important part in a person’s personality and beliefs, which should be examined when deciding the leader of the country, but reporters cannot find out what a person believes unless they talk to that specific person and no one else.
Who cares what Obama’s pastor said; he is not the presidential candidate. People should care more about what Obama himself is saying.
Mitt Romney dropped out of the republican race for the presidential candidate seat with many people knowing little about his plans for the country, but almost everyone knew that he was a Mormon. Important? Yes, but it was hardly his only defining characteristic.
Besides, a person’s religion shows you very little about what they stand for. For example, you can find people who say they are Christian and pro-life and others who say they are Christian and pro-choice.
Race, gender, religion – though understandably these things will be discussed, they should be in the shadows of more important topics that every race, gender and religion in this country cares about.
Instead of people in this state and country discussing the coverage of unimportant topics, the coverage should be fostering discussions over policies and plans for Alaska and the U.S.