Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a brilliant legislator with a canny mind possessing shrewd political skill. That statement no doubt elicited a fast response from you.
Depending on your political persuasion you either think I’m an idiot or a sage. It does not matter if that statement is true because your perception of her is set and chances are not likely to change. The Conservative media portrays her as an ignorant former bartender leaping higher hurdles of stupidity by the day. Meanwhile, she is the darling of the Liberal media that can do no wrong.
The truth is she is a 29-year-old person who draws on her life’s experience to date to determine her actions.
For those of us almost twice her age, we know she may be a bit naïve at how the world works and enamored with her new-found fame. We also know she suffers from a mistaken belief of self-importance. In short, a typical 29-year-old perso9n and definitely your average politician. And, we know she is headed for the stark realization that she is a drop of water in the ocean of Life.
But to the media, she is a story. Not a person with feelings, fears, and aspirations. She is a subject that gets clicks and people to read. She is a punchline to some and inspiration to others. Rather than analyze her ideas, we comment on her style and actions.
It seems to me President Trump has the same fate. Only for him the Liberal and Conservative media have the opposite opinions than that of AOC. And, his actions matter.
Both people are lightning rods because of their behaviors, actions and words. Both have earned the contempt and adoration from their supporters and detractors. Regardless of what you think of each individual, the one thing that is true is they are both subject to unfair media coverage.
The Conservative media uses unflattering pictures depicting her as bug eyed or donkey-teethed. The Liberal media go out of their way to use a picture of President Trump scowling or hair flapping in the wind. Whatever happened to the staid headshot the media used in the past? You know; the good old days when they covered news and not opinion.
But is the unfair media coverage a news outlet searching for an audience or an audience searching for a news outlet? Does the American public want to watch a news broadcast that supports their political view or are they looking for the news?
By the same token, is following current events no longer a dialog? It is bad enough the two political parties spend more time trying to destroy each other; now we have news outlets reporting on the competition’s missed facts.
This is no way to advance a nation. I prefer news not be entertainment and want the politicians to manage the nation – not the next election cycle. But it starts with us. We control what we watch and who we send to Washington.