Politically Incorrect Zone: The “dirty industries”- gambling, prostitution, porn, …. political advertising

By Kevin Harris

Political correctness

Have you seen any good political candidate’s TV commercials lately? The word “good” makes that question comical, doesn’t it? I wonder if even a single person’s vote is truly influenced by those corny, offensive spots that are written for the bottom of the barrel, lowest common denominator among us. But yet, during each election cycle across the country, BILLIONS of dollars are spent by candidates and by political committees for those pathetic TV spots. 
At the same time, countless Americans continue to call for getting the money out of politics, claiming that politicians, whether in Washington, at their state capitals, or in their local districts, actually represent their donors over their constituents and the Constitution. And when you put it all together in summary, you see just how bizarre the dark comedy of our elections really are: In trying to get your vote through the blatant lies, half truths and rumors of their TV spots, candidates enslave themselves to special interests!

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The funny thing is, we’ve all had the power to get the money out of politics all along… and WITHOUT legislation or lawsuits! We can do it by simply TURNING OFF OUR TELEVISIONS during the election cycle! If nobody is watching those insulting spots (and the equally insulting debates), then you can bet they won’t pay for those spots anymore. And if there’s no need to pay for those spots, there will no longer be a need for candidates to raise millions of dollars to run for office!

Think that’s great? Wait… THERE’S MORE! By turning off your televisions during the election cycle, voters will have to look at the FACTS about the candidates, such as their voting records, legislation they’ve sponsored or supported, their political background, etc. No more will we have to listen to the nonsense and spin put out about candidates by the opposing candidates!

Folks, we’ve all heard the term “dirty industries,” which often refer to things like gambling establishments, houses of prostitution, etc. But I would suggest that the term “dirty industries” more accurately applies to big media and its offshoots. They are the ones who push our politicians into the arms of special interests. They are the ones who echo, or even write the spin and lies we’ve grown so accustomed to during elections. They’re the ones who “report the news” when it’s really just poorly disguised PR. At least with gambling and prostitution, we generally know what we’re spending our money on.

Let’s remember that this government, these elections, and even these media airwaves belong to US. We don’t have to ask permission to clean things up. We just have to go ahead and decide to do it. It’s called an OFF SWITCH, people!

 

Kevin Harris

Kevin Harris

Kevin Harris is a former reporter, editor and journalist, and previous President of Cal State Northridge’s Society of Professional Journalists. He is now a realtor and videographer, and lives with his two children in Oak Park. 

 

 

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