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I don't do this very often, but I'm bummed out. A "nonpartisan" political news e-mail subscription, which I am choosing not to name, and that I used to really enjoy and congratulate for their nonpartisan approach to reporting on issues, candidates, and elections has recently become more partisan than I can even begin to stomach. I don't want to read it anymore, but I still want to know what's going on, which is why I want to know...

Poll #789330 Do you keep up on politics?

Do you follow politics?

Sort of.

If so, what resources/news outlets do you use to stay up to date?

I just... really don't appreciate partisan force-feeding. I can understand what is happening, and I can make up my mind for myself. I don't need someone to guide me along the way to a better America, or to tell me where my vote should go to improve circumstances. I don't agree with Bush or like him as a president, but that doesn't mean I'm a die-hard Democrat who believes the left is always, always right.

I firmly believe that people should look at an issue head on, and then make value judgments. It's so hard with today's media though, because almost everything has a spin to it. I hate it, and it's almost stopped me from pursuing journalism. I know that there are good, honest, straight-forward resources out there... but I fear they're buried beneath an avalanche of talking points and partisan gibberish.

I'm frustrated, and disappointed with our current political scene. It's time this country stopped with the my team vs. their team bullshit. People get all huffed up and have to oppose the other side, simply because it's "the other side." Half the time, people don't even know what started the issue or what the issue is even about. I've had enough righteous indignation and party pride. I'm not here to U-Rah-Rah the Democratic Party back into control. I don't feel the election of a democrat is necessarily a big win. It's the person and their platform of goals that counts, not the party they're associated with. Anyone can say they're a democrat or republican. Think about it, and how irate we would be if/when they refused to behave like it? We are not far from those times. Liars and crooks are abundant these days, and the people grow increasingly more gullible. Reactions are knee-jerk, and based in emotion instead of fact. Loyalty and pride are difficult to deal with when the "others" have a valid point.

Bottom line, this isn't high school. We aren't in cliques anymore. These are serious issues and they go far beyond Republican vs. Democrat. It's about time we started dealing with these issues like adults. So, if you have any information on where I can find some decent, mature reporting... please let me know.

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Aug. 9th, 2006 08:53 pm (UTC)
Yesterday I came home from work and noticed my husband was watching Bill O'Reily (fox news i think?) and I was like WTF?!?! I freaking hate that guy, but then Tim made a good point about why he was watching it - he likes to watch/read stuff that he doesn't agree with because it helps him to form a more solid opinion about things going on in the world. No news source is going to be completely devoid of bias, so you just need to wade through to find the truth no matter what you read ;)
Aug. 9th, 2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
Insert whining here...
But it should be! That's why it's the news, news is supposed to be information. Arg.

I understand the whole paradox of information being what you understand, and what you understand imlies relating things to personal experience and therefore has connotations of opinion but, srsly!

I think it's good to be exposed to both sides, but it's ridiculously time consuming, and I don't have a lot of it.
Aug. 12th, 2006 01:33 am (UTC)
I actually had this conversation with a friend (at, of all places, the American Idol try-outs.)

I wholeheartedly think we should abolish party systems. No intelligent person adheres to partylines anyway. If America is so big on independence, why do we need to side with one group of rich white men or the other? (I am registered as Democrat but like you, I'm sick of partisanship, even when it's coming from "my team." I'm not saying everyone should be middle of the road but with the two-party system, everyone's ears are shut to each others' opinions.)
Aug. 12th, 2006 03:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you, omg! I totally agree with you.

The only thing that comes out of the two parties, would be the discussion of both sides of the issue. HOWEVA, there are often, at least in politics, more than two sides, I feel.

Maybe someday I'll run for president, under the Freedom Motherf*cker party...
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