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Dear majority of mainstream media:

by Jeremy Hooper

"Change vs. experience"

Why must we always boil matters of great importance like, say, presidential races down into simplistic "either/or" sound bites? The human mind, while often a fan of reducing things to oversimplified levels, can actually handle complexity and nuance. In "change" can lie experience. In "experience" can lie change. And in the idea that the two concepts are conflicting lies a great big lie!

Hopefully anyone who even thinks of leading the most powerful nation in the world understands that qualifications and fresh ideas are not oil and water. If only talking heads and those who write their copy start helping the American public to also understand this concept rather than constantly turning to the polarized, "this vs. that" mentality, we the people could more handily delve into the hearts and minds of our hopefuls rather than just scratching the media-hyped surface.


Good As You

P.S. You're also not journalisitically required to cover Britney Spears, you don't have to lead the witness by choosing your presidential frontrunners months ahead of the election (or at all, ideally), and you don't have to make on-air discussions loud screaming matches between one extreme (blue, left, donkey) and the other (red, right, elephant). Please, for the sake of the nation: Grow up!

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Your thoughts

I understand you frustration Jeremy, but to be fair, these are the buzzwords or concepts that the respective campaigns themselves have chosen to employ. It may not be perfect but, each is trying to convey the one concept they believe will resonate best with voters.

Posted by: GayMormonBoy | Jan 4, 2008 1:52:40 PM

Yes, but clearly they are put out there so that the they will be swallowed up and regurgitated. I've heard it all day today -- "Change did win in Iowa; so what does this mean for experience?" It's just CONSTANT buzzwording from the MSM, as if their hands are tied in regards to how they examine the candidates.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jan 4, 2008 2:01:11 PM

Point taken.

Posted by: GayMormonBoy | Jan 4, 2008 2:35:15 PM

It's been my experience that change is as good as a holiday.

Posted by: Tony | Jan 7, 2008 12:44:35 AM

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