Ideas Offered for Coverage of Presidential Race
Two negative influences are impacting Americans at this time: Reality television and presidential politics.
Thanks to the ongoing strike by film and television writers, television viewers are being subjected to increasingly-desperate examples of reality TV programming. The latest unfortunate example, NBC’s Clash of the Choirs, air Monday and pits amateur choirs against each other, singing everything from pop hits to holiday classics, with the winner capturing the title of “America’s best choir.” Talk about a yawnfest.
Thanks to growing dissatisfaction among members of the voting public, politicians of every stripe are finding it increasingly difficult to attract loyal supporters. As a result, they are resorting to increasingly-desperate means to attract attention.
Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, for one, has resorted to fluttering around the state of Iowa in a helicopter which has been dubbed a “Hilla-copter” by folks following the race. Others have resorted to celebrity endorsements — Democrat Barack Obama by Oprah Winfrey and Republican Mike Huckabee by Chuck Norris — as a means of attracting folks who might not otherwise pay attention to politics.
If network executives truly want to attract viewers, they should dispense with concepts like the choir battle described above and turn instead to packaging the 2008 presidential race as the ultimate in Reality TV programming. Instead of using dull and uninteresting descriptives, such as “Decision ‘08″ and “Race to the White House 2008,” they could spice things up with titles that are more descriptive of American politics.
Below are some examples I came up with. Despite being accurate, I doubt they will “play in Peoria.” Take a look at them and let me know what you think — or if you have any ideas:
Clash of the Liars Elephants vs. Asses Lawyers on Parade