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Monday, June 23, 2008

Do People in the Press ever take time to self-reflect

There is a story about all the tragedy going on and that things aren't getting better....but the AP reports (ALAN FRAM and EILEEN PUTMAN) just don't get ever think that maybe the press, in its quest for rating and the sensationalism is over dramatizing the events of the world so people are making links that are not necessarily there? Fran and Putman's article is here....doom and gloom for everyone!! Is everything spinning out of control? ...

Midwestern levees are bursting. Polar bears are adrift. Gas prices are skyrocketing. Home values are abysmal. Air fares, college tuition and health care border on unaffordable. Wars without end rage in Iraq, Afghanistan and against terrorism....Horatio Alger, twist in your grave....the can-do, bootstrap approach embedded in the American psyche is under assault. Eroding it is a dour powerlessness that is chipping away at the country's sturdy conviction that destiny can be commanded with sheer courage and perseverance....The sense of helplessness is even reflected in this year's presidential election. Each contender offers a sense of order — and hope. Republican John McCain promises an experienced hand in a frightening time. Democrat Barack Obama promises bright and shiny change, and his large crowds believe his exhortation, "Yes, we can."...Even so, a battered public seems discouraged by the onslaught of dispiriting things. An Associated Press-Ipsos poll says a barrel-scraping 17 percent of people surveyed believe the country is moving in the right direction. That is the lowest reading since the survey began in 2003.

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