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The Candidate's Miranda Rights

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You have the right to remain silent, however anything you say can and will be used against you in the court of public opinion. You have the right to spin your own narrative. If your side of the story does not garner increased ratings, a narrative will be provided for you that uses knee-jerk keywords and dramatic footage to further elicit an emotional response among the viewership.

The Media doesn't need to lie, their political leanings aren't as important as their ratings, that's the business they're in. Eyeballs and eardrums. A boring story does not generate viewers, only using scary keywords or distilling things down to ridiculously simplified and emotionally-charged terms get that job done.

In the early days of our country, when revolution was still being debated, one individual argued that the problem with democracy is that the candidate with the most inflammatory and emotionally charged message is the most likely to stir the populace into the fervor necessary to be elected.

Of course, that wouldn't happen, but for media that exists to exploit any story for its passion and drama rather than actually educating the electorate.


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