Media not covering the Presidential Election as much as they used to

The cost of covering the 2008 Presidential Election has grown to a point that newspapers aren’t covering it with their own reporters as much as they used to.
In an article that ran in the New York Times, The Buzz on the Bus: Pinched, Press Step Off, they discuss how major newspapers aren’t covering the presidential campaigns.

For most of the others, the price of admission — more than $2,000 for just one person to travel on Mr. Obama’s charter flights that day — was too steep, in an era in which newspapers in particular are slashing costs and paring staff, and with no end in sight to a primary campaign that began more than a year ago.

It is just getting too expensive for them to cover the events and who does that hurt? The voters. We are not getting the information we need but are getting bombarded with information that does not help us make an educated decision on who we are going to vote for.

Bloggers help, but for the most part they drive a lot of misinformation. Who should we believe?

Only a few newspapers are covering it full time. Most are relying on wire services for their coverage.

It is a sign of the times that things are changing in the media industry, but I wish something would come along that would provide the services that these news organizations used to provide.

Fox News Anchor Walks Off Set

An interesting thing happened on “Fox and Friends” this morning when anchor Brian Kilmeade walked off the set after his co-hosts Gretchen Carlson and Steve Doocy had a disagreement with him over remarks Barack Obama had about his grandmother. I learned of this on the Huffington Post.

Chris Wallace even came on later and was not happy with the two co-hosts and how they had been bashing Obama.

For a main stream television news show to constantly attack Obama for a comment that is being played over-and-over again, albeit out of context, is not professional journalism. It is sensational and uncalled for. When someone tried to balance the conversation and move the conversation to something else, they attacked them.

I watch quite a few political shows and yesterday and today there were some good conversations and debates about this quote, but this was not a good conversation or debate. It was an attack.

I have watched “Fox and Friends” a few times and what they call news is horrible. It is quite bad, not objective, and worthless. In fact, I think that Fox News is entirely sensational and does not truly represent the news.

It would be nice if we could get beyond race in our discussions, but people in this country won’t let that happen. Right now it is hurting Obama. We should be focusing on a debate of ideals and issues, not whether they are a particular race or what they say about race.

As Campaign Drags On, Aides Put Lives on Hold

As Campaign Drags On, Aides Put Lives on Hold – New York Times
This is an interesting look at the campaign to be the Democratic nominee and the personal toll it is taking on the staff and reporters that are covering it for their respective outlets.

I don’t think that this is going to end anytime soon and it has to be tough on the staffers. But, not to sound callous, but they choose this. It is an intense and extremely busy job and you have to be going 24/7 to try and get your candidate elected.

For the reporters, I think the media outlets should have the opportunity to get some of them a break. It is going to be busy several months until the Democrat National Convention in Denver and then it is right into the General Election. It is going to be a long few months and if the outlets want quality work, they need to get them a break.

Iowa Results are In….

Well the results are in for the caucuses in Iowa and Barack Obama has won the Democratic Caucuses and Mike Huckabee has won the Republican side.
The big news is that Hilary Clinton, all but ordained as the Democratic nominee a few months ago, finished third behind John Edwards. What does this mean for Hilary next week in New Hampshire?

I think that this is big trouble for her. Obama is going to have all the momentum as they head for the small state in the northeast. Clinton is going to have to get it in gear.

The funny thing is that everyone is playing this up as a big win for Obama, but with 98% of the precincts reporting, Obama has 16 delegates, Edwards has 14, and Clinton has 15. That is the number that counts.

The next big thing is how well that McCain did in Iowa while not campaigning there. I think it was surprising how well Fred Thompson did. He was polling a lot lower than his final vote tally came to be. Ron Paul even picked up 10% of the vote and two delegates.

With 98% of the precincts reporting, Huckabee has a big lead in delegates so far. Huckabee won 14 delegates, Romney won 9 delegates, Thompson and McCain have won at least three delegates.

It is going to be a fun primary season!

My predictions for Iowa Caucuses

Well tonight is the night and we get the first results of the race for the party nominating conventions.
It is going to be interesting to see what happens and how Iowa votes. The big question is what is going to happen to Rudy Giuliani’s campaign. He is not running in Iowa.

Another interesting thing is how the caucuses are run. For the Republicans it is a straw vote, everyone votes and they head home. For the Democrats, it is a little different. They take a straw vote at the beginning. If anyone candidate does not have 15% of the voters, than they are declared unviable. Those voters can then switch to another candidate or go home.

Well my predictions are:

For the Republicans the order will be Huckabee, Romney, and McCain in Iowa. This is going to hurt Romney because he has spent a ton of money in Iowa and it will propel McCain into a win in New Hampshire and possibly South Carolina. I think this momentum for McCain will have him in direct competition with Giuliani as they move into his strong states of New York, New Jersey, and Florida.

The Democrats will finish, Edwards, Obama, Clinton. This will hit Clinton hard. The reason that Edwards will win is how the Democrats run the caucuses. Those people who are voting for unviable candidates will move to Edwards and defeat Obama and Clinton. The question would be how is Clinton going to rebound in New Hampshire.

Let me know what you think?