Palin's Media Overkill

Monday, September 8, 2008

By: Pat Tierney

In every political campaign, there always seems to be media hype. However, in this 2008 presidential election, there seems to be more than ever. Since the announcement of Sen. John McCain's running mate, Sarah Palin, there has been a media frenzy over every detail of her life. Even details that some may say don't even justify as news.

Just a few days after the official announcement was made, the media broke what they claim to be an important story, that Palin's 17 year old daughter is 5 months pregnant. This story was leaping of the covers of magazines and front pages all across the country with headlines such as "Babies, Lies, and Scandals." Many outlets tried tying Palin's own newborn to her daughter and others torn the new vice president candidate apart for her daughters mistake.

In a historic election such as this, is it important to look at things such as the candidates children or perhaps the candidates wardrobe style? had a link on their front page entitled "Sarah Palin's Style." This linked directly to a video clip over 7 minutes long, discussing the way the new candidate dresses.

The country depends on information from media outlets, in order to make an informed decision in November. This puts the responsibility on media outlets, to convey clear news, that matters, to the consumer. Some may say that Sarah Palin's style may directly effect the way she helps lead this country, but in the grand scheme of things, there are a few bigger issues to tackle than family drama and a wardrobe change.


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