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Sunday, August 27, 2006

The Power! Who has it? Who doesn’t? – Just something to think about

Note: The below are only my thoughts, ramblings and opinions. Nothing more or less. It’s my turn to write here and this is what I’ve been thinking about lately.

The government has power. The media has power. The power is supposed to belong to the people since we have the ability to vote. So, who really has the power?

The government? Sometimes, yes and sometimes no. The media has the power to make or break politicians. So, I guess it comes down to who has the most power. Both are powerful.

We’ve all watched as criminal cases have been both won and lost in the media. And talking about criminal cases, are people actually innocent until proven guilty? It all comes down to who has the most evidence, whether it is the prosecution or the defense. Or is it the most one most capable to charm a jury. Remember when you didn’t think you needed a defense attorney if you were innocent. That has definitely changed over the years—at least in public thinking. It’s probably always been true that you needed a lawyer whether guilty or innocent.

Okay, the media can change popular opinion; but recently in a poll, the media came up short in believability. Although television news was the most watched out of all news sources, it was the least believed. The media can get things into the public eye that may have been covered up otherwise, but it seems most news is put out there for all to see before the details are checked or verified. How often, especially during a crisis, have they come back and reported the first report or a portion there of was wrong?

Sports figures have charm, and they are loved and even worshiped by some. But when they fall from grace, they fall fast and hard. And usually this comes from the media finding out some secret or problem the athletic person has or faces.

The people have the power? They would if they could believe what they hear and then vote accordingly. But so much is fake or made up. Rarely do politicians follow through with what they promise. Possibly they’re side-tracked or something else took their immediate attention, and sometimes they just don’t intend to follow through. It’s hard to know for sure what stops them from being totally honest. We can’t believe politicians, commercials or the media. Who can we believe? Who or what does what they say it will do?


At 8:00 PM, August 27, 2006, Blogger Chris said...

How true, Kim!


At 7:21 AM, August 29, 2006, Blogger Maureen McMahon said...

Kim, this is a very interesting observation. A lot of food for thought!


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