Thursday, January 7, 2010

This Is Not a "Situation"

via e-mail:

Dear Wolf Blitzer and the rest of "The Situation Room" Team,

I understand that the recent announcements by some Democratic senators saying they will not seek reelection this year is a story.  It just happened.  But could you do us a favor this election year and not blow every fricking announcement out of proportion?

Because I was sitting in an airport yesterday, I happened to catch your program, and that's where I first saw the big deal made out of the possible power shift in the Senate.  But look, the power shift--if it happens--won't take place for an ENTIRE YEAR.  It's not happening tomorrow.  It's not happening next week.  It's happening next year.  In the meantime, these senators are still in office, and they still have a lot of work to try to do.

Wouldn't it be better to concentrate some of CNN's efforts and resources toward what the Senate is doing, rather than starting this big political contest that really isn't as big of a deal as, say, fixing the economy/the war in the Middle East/food safety?

The election races are going to change a million times between now and November, and for every little change in who's running or random opinion poll, your station and program seem to have some talking head commenting on what a monumental deal this minutia is.  It was hell to live through during the almost two years of the 2008 election, and it's one of the major reasons I care not to pay attention to politics anymore.  I feel bad about my attitudes because I really should care about what's going on in my country; however, the way media covers politics today makes it seem like our government is based on a popularity contest rather than issues.  Yawn.

Please--for the sanity of your viewers--consider not making this year's election races as important as national security.  We'll thank you for it.

Your pal,

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