You-know-who dominates the spotlight again

(Courtesy of Gage Skidmore)

There’s a man running for the office of the President of the United States, but I won’t mention his name.

Indeed, I sincerely wish his name, his face and, most importantly, his hair wouldn’t be mentioned nearly as often as they are.

The man I’m talking about is someone I’m absolutely sure you’ve heard of and, if you’re like me, you’re tired of it.

Seemingly every media outlet from CNN to the New York Times can’t stop talking about him. Check the websites of both, mentions of him are abundant.

It is truly absurd that he has become so utterly prevalent in the media today when his qualifications extend to being rich, being rich, and being rich.

It’s not that I think he shouldn’t be in the media at all; as a valid presidential candidate, he has a place in discussions on the future of the country and a right to present his platform to a broad audience.

It is the ability of politicians to speak to and be heard by the general populace that makes America what it is. So yes, he ought to have screentime, just not nearly as much as he has been getting.

During the latest Republican debate on CNN, this man dominated in terms of screentime, getting nearly three more minutes than the second-most-shown candidate, Jeb Bush.

Why is this man the darling of the media?

Is it something about his platform, his political expertise that has taken the news by storm?

I’d say, with a large degree of certainty, that his actual political platform has had almost nothing to do with the ridiculous amount of attention he’s getting. In fact, his platform is incredibly vague, made up of catchphrases and general concepts rather than specific ideas.

Things like, “build a wall,” “greatest jobs president” and “beat China” make up his platform. The debates never seem to clarify how he’ll do these things.

Instead, the guy is beloved by the media for his outrageousness. His over-the-top extreme quotes, his radical and incredibly offensive statements, his strategy of flying in the face of the very idea of politics; all these things make him irresistible. Worst of all, he knows it.

Whereas other politicians are merely adept at manipulating the media, the guy we’re talking about is an expert, nay a master, of it.

He’s turned spotlight hogging and attention grabbing into an artform, with thousands or tens of thousands of articles all about him under his belt. His natural narcissistic tendencies only aid him in his endeavor to permanently hold the media hostage.

It is incredible that the media allows him to get away with such egregious manipulation. It seems as though, perhaps even against their will, the media conglomerates are addicted to covering every movement of this man. Honestly, it’s got to stop.

The major news media, which supplies the vast majority of Americans with their only information about the events in this country, has a responsibility to present all the options. Millions of people still haven’t begun forming opinions on who they’re voting for, because the only candidate they see with any regularity is a toupe-topped megalomaniac.

How can the democratic system of the country work if real candidates can’t even get their names out to the people?

More importantly, why do we, as the consumers of the news media, put up with such nonsense. Is it because we don’t know any better? Has the American populace been so reduced by some sort of cultural failure that we no longer can differentiate between reality and reality TV?

I sincerely hope not, but things aren’t looking up at the moment. The fact that the leader of many polls is a corporate business owner who’s lead four businesses to bankruptcy doesn’t bode well for American political savvy.

Though I’m not often a doomsayer, and tend to find such depressing sayings as, “America is going down the toilet,” to be absurd, I am worried about the direction the American political system is going.

My own belief is that the cartoonish character currently dominating the news will disappear as election time gets closer, but there’s a chance he could instead remain right where he is, or even grow in prominence.

It’s the possibility that we’re gonna take this guy seriously for the presidency that worries me most.



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