A Jeffersonian In East Texas

August 21, 2008

Tyler Area Media | Any Serious Questions?

Filed under: Uncategorized — ajeffersonian @ 1:48 am

Why is the local media not asking any serious questions?

It’s not just a rhetorical question. I would expect that some serious discussion, would lead to some serious ratings help, and serious subscription increases!

Why give local officials a pass? Especially when a comment or statement by one of them begs for another question? For instance: When Ms. Fleming made the statement, “Bless their hearts, what they are forgetting, is that Smith county is still under a remedial order by the state of Texas.” about those opposed to the new jail bond proposal, the logical next question should be: “Does this order require the building of a new jail, or is there room for other methods?” This line of questioning could lead to some serious open discussion of the issues behind the issue.

The media is allowing this to be framed by the officials, who can thus avoid the serious why and how part of the problem, allowing this issue to become something like: “There are those who agree with us, who are in favor of truth, justice, and the American way, and those who oppose us want to let murderers, rapists, and child molesters run free on our streets!” The issue is much more complicated than that, and unless we can open the discussion beyond this point, the root of the problem will remain.

Have we sunken to a point where only questions pre-approved by politicians can be asked?

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