Thursday, November 6, 2008

Presidential Elections

Many people asked me how I experience the Presidential Elections, being an 'outsider in the middle of it'. Well, a short summary: it was like a popularity contest, focusing on public performances more than on the way this country should be led in the future. However, it was a unique experience to see the amount of media attention, and attend activities in the city (such as Bruce Springsteens performance, or Hillary's speech earlier this year).

One of the other things I noticed, is the media's influence on the elections. Comparing the conservative with the democratic msnbc news, both suggesting they have breaking news, you'll see many differences in the news topics and the way the news is brought to viewers. Fox news (the biggest channel in the US) allways tries to warn people for terrorists, criminals, socialists, illegal immigrants, and government supported health care like in extremely liberal Europe. Moreover, Barack HUSSEIN Obama is young and unexperienced, his friends are terrorists, he used to be a muslim, doesn't show patriotism, and wants to spread the wealth by giving your hard-earned money to someone that doesn't work as hard as you do. Here is an example of the propaganda, one day after Obama's victory:

On the other side, according to MSNBS News, the republicans want to have a war in as many countries as possible, give tax cuts to all the rich people, and try to find oil (no matter what the damage to the planet is) so that the economy can keep rolling. In other words: a vote for McCain only creates more problems.

The channels themselve deny any influence in terms of propaganda or preferred political party. But a quick search on Youtube (for example, searching for keywords "Obama Fox") shows another perspective. Obama told a reporter that if he would only be watching Fox News, he would not even vote for himself!

Anyhow, for him, it's party time now: