I hope I misunderstood CNN’s Poppy Harlow this afternoon. She was discussing the presidential election with someone–I wasn’t paying much attention, just flicking through channels, and didn’t notice who it was–when Ms. Harlow seemed to make an incredibly uninformed remark. She was asking about the “growing Puerto Rican vote”.
Uhhh, Puerto Ricans, (and voters in the other U.S. Territories) are NOT, repeat NOT permitted to vote in U.S. presidential elections. They can vote in primaries but not the general election. Ya’d think a political reporter/anchor should know that very basic fact.
I sure hope that I’m the one who’s wrong here and that I did misunderstand Harlow because, if not, then she is far too ignorant to be permitted to open her mouth on international television at least about the presidential election.
It was also evident today how individual TV “News” networks are trying to influence the vote. Within five minutes I cycled through CNN, MSNBC and Fox News channels and they each had a different cherry-picked presidential poll that they were reporting. Fox News said polls show Clinton five or six points ahead, CNN said she was ahead by 12 and MSNBC said she was 20 points ahead.
Of course, I rarely even look at the news anymore because of the incessant yammering about the election and the dearth of any real facts being reported while the respective “news” networks are spewing opinions day and night. God only knows what might be going on in the rest of the world because we’re sure not gonna hear about it on the “news”. Presumably this is not reporters’ fault, my guess would be they are all getting their marching orders from corporate HQs.
All together now–can you say “media whores”?