It’s interesting to watch CNN in the morning when I’m on the road. Sometimes, I get a “huh” factor at some of the stuff but it really does amuse me in many ways. The lead story, besides the economy, is whether Republican actors will get work if they are open about their politican choices. While I may not like their choice of politics, I certainly don’t think that will stop them from getting work. As one person put it “great actors will always be great actors and will get work” (I’m paraphrasing). There is only a few exceptions to this and for me, those that support Scientology and/or the likes of Mel Gibson (racist, extreme far right and ultra-Christian) are the two kinds that I wouldn’t go and see. Consider it a breaking point, so to speak.
Last night I had a bit of an epiphany. I remember being in Toronto and constantly seeing ads for McCain and Obama (long before either had their parties nomination). Today, living in NYC and visiting various cities that I do I rarely see ads. This is a stark contrast to Canadian politics where ads are regularly run throughout the campaign. Granted the campaign is shorter, it is more intense and often more focused on facts and platforms.
Oh, and speaking of facts, I’ve noticed more and more the use of “fact checking” by various outlets (most notably CNN and NY Times). What I find interesting is that McCain’s campaign is more often cited for have false, misleading or blatantly lying about their claims about Obama compared to Obama’s claims about McCain. Most politicians “stretch” the truth to get as much buy-in as possible. It’s a sad acceptance that many of us have come to but that doesn’t mean we should have come to that.
Anyways, gotta run. More on this later.