Media frustrations are amusing

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

We share the amusement felt by many citizens toward the stumblings of national pundits in prematurely attempting to wrap up the current political season into a tidy package.

We refer not only to the totally inaccurate prediction of results in the New Hampshire primary but also to the obvious discomfort of media pundits trying to summarize the volatile and unpredictable Republican contest for the presidential race.

The media commentators are more comfortable when they reduce any contest to being between only two people deemed viable. They have just about accomplished this for the Democratic contest for the presidential nomination, although John Edwards still has strong support and leading candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are doing major damage to each other.

You might be surprised to see a questioning of the power of the media in this space. After all, aren't we the media?

Contrary to the general perception of the public, the media (plural of medium) are not one monolithic organization.

The Chronicle Times does not share common viewpoints or objectives with ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX, the New York Times or the Washington Post.

We too can sit back and appreciate the national media reporters and commentators receiving a much-needed dose of humility.