I would love to watch a program about the candidates where people are not screaming, talking over each other and saying ludicrous things. I watched one news show (see - those two words should not go together) last week when the guest brought JFK into the conversation and one of the anchors stupidly (and she was serious) said, "I wasn't born until after Kennedy was assassinated", to which the guest replied, "Well, life was happening before you were born." God help us all. I don't know if the following program will be fair and balanced, or if there is even such a thing, but this Frontline program looks somewhat promising:
taken from the press release:
"FRONTLINE presents "The Choice 2008" , Tuesday, October 14, 2008, from 8 to 10 P.M. (Memphis time) with PBS Encore broadcasts: Sunday, October 26, and Monday, November 3, 2008.
It has been called one of the most historic presidential elections in our nation’s history--Barack Obama versus John McCain. It is a race that pits the iconoclast against the newcomer, the heroic prisoner of war against the first African American nominated by a major party. FRONTLINE's critically acclaimed series "The Choice" returns this election season to examine the rich personal and political biographies of these two men.
This program draws on in-depth interviews with the advisers, friends and those closest to these unlikely candidates, as well as with seasoned observers of American politics, who together tell the definitive story of these men and their ascent to their party's nominations."
The last Presidential debate will be next Wednesday, October 15th.
Also of interest locally:
The Society of Professional Journalists will host a panel of journalists and political commentators to answer the question, "How Much Do We Really Need to Know About Presidential Candidates?" In other words how pertinent is it to know how many cars or homes they have, what foods they like or dislike, what drugs they tried in college, etc. This will be at the Central Library at 3030 Poplar in Room L-56 on October 21st at 7 pm. RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org