TV News and the Presidential Coverage
As 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.