Can a Citizen Really Decide in This Election?

television-remote-control-525705_640The performance of a candidate centrally relies on the media. Elections are the center piece of democracy. The difference between a genuine candidate and a wannabe seems to manifest better in debates and interviews. We all know it is all scripted, and can’t help but wonder, how scripts are applied for a vying candidate to win citizens. How then is the treatment of the media to candidates? How well do citizens comprehend the media and potential candidates so far?

Personality

It is all a matter of getting personal. Citizens do not understand stylized policy questions. The average voter understands personality better than foreign affairs or complex doctrines. After all, the ideas are vague, the promises at times laughable. However, citizens will understand a candidate from a personal level, with raw simple questions they would be curious to learn. How secular or religious is a candidate, for instance. How open are they on controversial issues? A candidate seems to have a positive image if he or she has a family. All the same, address issues citizens will want to hear about from the candidate’s point of view.

Opinion Polls

This is the bell ringer on what chances the candidate has on winning or losing. They are an interesting segment on presidential coverage. Opinion polls create an overall anxiety, especially towards the onset of elections. Most citizens have found themselves in the dilemma of a personal choice or heeding an opinion poll. The media should restrain giving the public much data on opinion polls. Highlights on the candidates fairing are enough. Numbers are too objective and confusing. Not everyone agrees on what a candidate says or does. So, we can safely say, opinion polls think for the citizens.

Debates

Aah. Debates. We all look forward to seeing the candidate one on one, but on television. This is another platform for a candidate to showcase, hyperbole and exaggeration. It’s all about creating a positive image. Facts are mistaken candidness. After all, the citizens are watching! However, the greatest positive images seem to offer the exact opposite once elected. It’s all about image. The news overly talking about a candidate alter the citizen’s stands. There is no evading “the perfect candidate news”

Proper coverage should draw the line between just uppercased news, highlights and played debates. News should be covered in both a strategic and objective manner. In such a way, the citizen should be able to make their personal choice come elections.

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TV News and the Presidential Coverage

antenna-490683_640As the Democratic and the Republican parties wind up their primaries in a bid to have the best contenders for the much awaited, November 16, 2016 elections, there have been flashes of new developments here and there within the parties. Television News have been awash with political messages from every quarter of the nation.

Media houses like CNBC, FOX business, Aljazeera America, Fox News, Bloomberg, MNSNBC, and LinkTV, have gone out of their way to give detailed coverage of these political happenings. These TV houses have been upfront in broadcasting results of primary caucuses, airing live presidential contenders’ debates, reporting on candidates’ political moves such as those opting out the race or joining hands with erstwhile contenders in the race.

Moreover, they have been reporting each and every incidences surrounding the upcoming presidential elections. One of the latest happening to be widely aired by the TV houses was the Chicago chaos that forced Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate to, postpone his rally. The rally was to be held at the University of Illinois.

Perhaps more worthy of commendation, has been the media houses expose on presidential candidates’ gaffes and profiles. The gaffes have served to bring to fore some candidates lack of very crucial national and international policies. It was for this reason that Ben Carson’s ratings plummeted all over sudden, dropping from being a Republican party top contender. He finally quit the race. Recently, Democratic Party presidential contender was forced to make an apology for remarking that Nancy Reagan played a crucial role in AIDS development. Further, some candidates’ past dealings such as non-compliance with the law have also been brought to light. Suffice it to say, the TV news have served to enlighten the electorates on every presidential contender for the to be able to make informed choices.

Of another importance, the TV coverage have offered candidates platforms to articulate their issues and to project their brands. Some candidates have endeavored to appear as figures of unity. Others have been projected as separatists with divisive ideas and agendas. This has served to bolster or to pour cold water on the candidates’ presidential ambitions.

Finally, through the statics and research conducted and aired by media houses on the impending presidential elections, electorates and indeed the nation at large have been shown to be polarized. The reported incidences of chaos such the Chicago incidence has indeed indicated that the country at large is polarized. These TV news are, therefore, a wake-up call for stern measures to be taken to contain these happenings and avoid further incidences.

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