Tuesday, October 14, 2008

More Media Snark

Boy - CNN is making it too easy today, though this time is much more serious. In an election in which racial tensions are running high already, is it really necessary to put up a headline like this? I understand the article's point (that Obama's candidacy could lead to even more African-American votes, and every vote will matter in this election). I don't agree with that point; it's not like African-American votes aren't usually important, nor is it exactly fair to vaguely portray African Americans as people who normally don't turn out to vote, but are doing so for Obama this time, but hey, whatever - I guess you just ran out of white micro-demographics to break down how whatever tiny little fraction of the (white) population will "swing the election.

But for the love of God, if you are going to run such a story, could you at least try to avoid headlines that will scream to the racist and/or nutty, "Don't like the potential new president? Well, if he wins, you can blame the n----s!!!"