Argumentative Essay On Meet The Media

2004 Words 9 Pages
Bright, dramatic, and to the point, Meet the Press is meant to touch on important political happenings in a balanced perspective; it instead falls short. Meet the Press gives the idea it is offering a fair platform to the presidential candidates by inviting individuals to debate and discuss. Unfortunately the topics chosen were one sided and there was an extreme neglect to remotely include third party presidential candidates. Also the inclusion of Saturday Night Live’s skits before each commercial break contributes to misinformation. A news program neglecting to scrutinize all presidential candidates and blurring the line between comedy and news, will leave viewers with a skewed view of who the candidates are, what they have actually said, …show more content…
Todd plays Trump campaign’s “Do you really need to ask?” ad for him. Campaign ads on a news show are not something new today. Since 1988 their use has been common place (Adatto 375). News channels airing campaign ads is expected today and sadly though the news plays them they rarely fact check them. Networks tend to believe these ads are in fact news themselves and need to be shown due to the controversy they may generate (Adatto 376). Todd asks Mook “…anything in that ad that tells you it’s not an effective hit on Secretary Clinton?” Mook replies that those things just aren’t true. The F.B.I. found no wrong doing. Allowing Mook to defend Clinton against this ad Todd presents no counter argument. Todd asks Mook if they really believe Trump supporters are deplorable? Mook personally agrees, “Trump supporters are deplorable” Mook says, continuing that Trump had a bad week, failed the debate, and his campaign is “spinning out of control”. Todd asks Mook if the Clinton Campaign is concerned because they are not 50 points ahead and if that’s a reflection of the countries opinion of Clinton. Saying Trump does have “a path to 270” and could win. Mook answers that the presidential campaign is competitive and that it is becoming clear that Trump isn’t going to offer the change the country wants. Mook mentions Trump not paying taxes for “20 years” twice without correction from Todd. When the reports say it was 18 years. Minor …show more content…
This is detrimental for undecided voters. They will tune into Meet the Press for the first time and their entire perception skewed and reality altered. Todd finally mentions libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson briefly while tallying each candidate’s newspaper endorsements. Johnson has four major endorsements whereas Trump has zero. Trump has no major newspapers endorsing him yet he had an hour long news program dedicated to him. While having four major endorsements Johnson is mentioned once. It is imperative we talk about Trump’s inappropriate behaviors in the past, his current demeanor, and his proposed policies, but it is also imperative we discuss those things about Hillary Clinton and anyone else running for president. In the end the media does a great disservice to our political system by ignoring third party candidates, allowing political comedy skits to blur the lines of reality and fabrication., and reporting their personal ideology instead of getting the unbiased facts to their

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