Many in America feel outrage over the ascendancy of George W. Bush to the presidency under questionable circumstances. Between Election Day and the final outcome in December, the pundits began almost immediately to tell Gore to concede: "The nation's stability is more important … the system is more important than either man or party. (Boston Globe, Nov. 10); "his decision made the poisonous political atmosphere in Washington even more toxic." (Fox News, Nov. 12)
Some brought up Nixon as a historical parallel, albeit an incorrect one — legal challenges in 1960 were actually widespread.
All the while polls suggested a majority of the voting public took a more reasonable approach, wanting a recount of ballots, even if the process took several weeks.
Unfortunately, the final decision was not made by the voters but by the Supreme Court. The decision was made by individuals who should have, if the law was followed, recused themselves due to involvement of family members with the Republican campaign: The media did not and does not question this.
On Inauguration Day the media effectively downplayed the estimated 20,000 demonstrators in Washington and concurrent demonstrations around the country. Mr. Bush has had a
trouble-free "honeymoon," though his actions have shown his talk of bipartisanship has been mostly smoke and mirrors.
Yet the media continues
to hold Clinton to public scrutiny, which, if done to any other citizen would be hard-pressed not to be called harassment.
When his predecessor, George Bush, pardoned Iran-Contra figures, the media reacted with less than outrage, though most polls showed voters did not believe Bush was telling the truth about Iran-Contra and this was a factor in his electoral defeat.
Unfortunately, the third estate has become a commodity, not unlike pork bellies, bought and sold to the highest bidder. It appears if you wish to be a journalist today, you must sell your soul to the company store and ultimately those company stores are predominantly conservative.
The position of journalist is no longer the noble calling it was. It appears the job has morphed into a combination P.R. "hack" and infotainment specialist, to the detriment of our democracy.
ANGEL N. PEREZ