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Trump v Biden

Updated: May 19, 2020

It appears that the choice will be between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Why are we left to choose between these two candidates for this most important job? Why can’t we come up with better candidates? Why? It’s our own fault.

When we have a media culture that is so partisan, so biased, so disinterested in the truth, when the knee jerk reaction by the media is to defend the politicians on their ideological side, and immediately attack the politicians on the other side, we are creating this untenable scenario. Those in the media who are propping up candidates are blinded by ideology. One side is not 100% right all the time, and one side is not 100% wrong all the time. One side is not filled with angels and one side is not filled with devils. If that’s the way you view our political landscape, you are part of the problem. The media presents a completely warped and corrupt picture of our politicians and parties. And we accept that picture. We do not hold the media accountable for their corruption, for their dereliction of duty. The media is no longer bound by the truth or at least an honest pursuit of the truth.

We must stop supporting the journalists and media outlets that are corrupt and biased, and reward the journalists and outlets that are honest and unbiased. We must be willing to do the work to challenge what is presented to us from the media. Ask the extra question. Take the opposing point of view. Do not take what they present to us on face value, even if it aligns with our beliefs and ideologies. Trump vs Biden is a result of a corrupt political system and corrupt media culture.

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Judd Garrett is a former NFL player, coach and executive. He is a frequent contributer to the website Real Clear Politics, and has recently published his first novel, No Wind

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