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Massachusetts Liberal

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Wasted paper

News flash: a U.S. Senate race that has focused on Pow Wow Chow lacks substance.

And if you make it to the second to last paragraph of the Globe's front page look at Scott Brown-Elizabeth Warren race, you finally get an inkling about the major reason, courtesy of Democratic political consultant Dan Payne:
Payne lays part of the blame on the media. But he says the candidates are the ones who have to elevate the discourse.

β€œIt’s up to campaigns to change the subject and get the debate on to important issues,’’ he said.
And if a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it?

Actually, Brown has been the beneficiary of soft coverage since the days when he was he truck-driving, barn coat-wearing upstart challenging the Democratic establishment for the "People's Seat." And he has managed to maintain that image despite a record (chronicled in this blog and elsewhere) for favoring Wall Street over Main Street.

And he has been aided and abetted by at least one media outlet that has served as a full-time PR firm, focusing like a laser beam on Warren's heritage while ignoring the issue of Brown's actual voting record.

The Globe is hardly an innocent in the battle, entering Cherokeegate late. But at least it attempted to raise a real issue about diversity and preferences over the Herald's thinly veiled barbs aimed at fueling conservative outrage.

Nor has either paper pressed Brown over his reluctance, if not downright refusal, to face the media to address questions about his votes. The only time Brown is available for cameras has been to add fuel to the heritage fire. Other than that, we see him only in his gee whiz, aren't I a great guy commercials.

Warren's camp has not covered itself in glory either, failing to swiftly and adequately address the heritage issue, despite running ads that tried to introduce her to the Massachusetts voter.

The real story of what many consider to be the most important Senate race in the nation is the gap between Brown's rhetoric and record when it comes to addressing the financial crisis the nation finds itself in.

The media is deeply complicit in allowing that to happen. Thankfully there are nearly five months left before voters decide, more than enough time for reporters to cut through the detritus about heritage and where and how many times to debate and start holding both candidates accountable.

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June 16, 2012 6:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to go off topic, really?

June 16, 2012 7:57 AM  

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