Friday, May 6, 2011

The Media, The Press, you name it and they’re probably something many people hate to listen to sometimes…Spoilers!

By Evan Troxel
A lot has gone on recently.  One thing was the NFL Draft.  The #1 Overall Pick was…well you probably already know if you’ve heard of anything to do with football within the past week or so.  The #1 Overall Pick in this year’s NFL draft was easily predicted weeks before by NFL analysts and supposedly called NFL “scouts” and other NFL people who think they are smart and have some credibility to share their views.
Another thing also happened.  I had to hear the same basic statement at least a hundred times on May 1st starting at 10 p.m. Central Time on not national Television that you all probably know what was revealed then and there also.
Well the first two paragraphs were delay paragraphs and to move this article forward so I can make my points I will reveal what the news was for those paragraphs.  I really don’t want to spoil everything this early but the news in the first paragraph isn’t so obvious if you don’t pay attention to sports.  In the second paragraph everyone who had some kind of media device nearby (cell phone, television, radio, etc.) probably knew within the first hour of the initial announcement.
So now here is the news.  In the first paragraph, the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers was Cameron Newton former quarterback of the Auburn Tigers.  The second paragraph was simply that Osama bin Laden had been killed and U.S. officials had the body.
My thoughts on Cam Newton being drafted #1 overall are that I cannot imagine him playing for any other team besides the Panthers.  I will admit I’m a Cameron Newton hater and I think he’s a show-off.  The only thing that bugged me about the press for the NFL Draft is that they had to “brownnose” the Panthers and other NFL teams who were getting high seeded first round picks this year.  Obviously, the press doesn’t like these teams that played badly last season because it gives low seeded first round pickers an advantage to an easier pick in the first round.
My thoughts on bin Laden being killed are that it’s good we got somebody over on the other side of the planet whether or not he actually is the real leader of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks or is just a decoy because the people of Afghanistan secretly hated him.
Osama bin Laden makes me (and maybe you) wonder though, could we have got him caught dead or alive a lot sooner?  Before bin Laden got killed I heard that President Obama’s approval ratings were extremely low (if not the lowest ever).  I wonder if Obama was waiting for his approval ratings to go down and then when they did he planned and ordered the U.S. military to get bin Laden killed so his approval ratings would shoot back up again.
Finally, to put a seal about bin Laden it was terrible to have to be bombarded with the exact same message over and over and over and over and over…again.  Whenever something such as breaking news like bin Laden being killed happens I want to ask the press, “Do you have anything else to tell us besides just the obvious?”  Get your facts and all the details straight and maybe wait a day (just because you can).
To all of us Americans I think breaking news needs to be redefined.  I think September 11, 2001 was breaking news to all Americans but Osama bin Laden being killed I don’t think was breaking news.  The news of bin Laden’s death could have been postponed until Tuesday, May 2nd, 2011 but I guess if the U.S. officials are sure they got him then I guess it’s okay to go ahead and report it immediately to the American people.  
Whatever happened to the media/press/whatever simply stating that the President of the United States has an announcement to make?  What’s the point of the President even making a speech if the press is just going to gossip about breaking news before the President even gets to talk?  For example, after the AFC and NFC Championships in the NFL the media is constantly gossiping about who’s going to win the Super Bowl until it is actually over with each season.
To conclude this article, it’s not fun when the media and press have an inside track and try to undermine everything.  People respond differently when the press has to spoil and tarnish everything (by gossiping about the latest news) vs. letting the people hear from a believable source such as the President of the United States (even if and when he has lied sometimes) and having a more natural reaction to whatever news comes out of the President’s mouth.

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