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Independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, in recent weeks, has asserted that the Democrats’ “Build Better” bill is extremely popular with Americans, and simultaneously asserted that most Americans have no idea what it is. ‘it contained.
Shocked by the blocking of the package, he wondered why the poll could be so wrong.
Didn’t presidential candidate Hillary Clinton teach her anything?
Sanders pointed out how difficult it is to ask people to trust government when they have little understanding of what their government is trying to do.
He went on to say that somehow this proves that mainstream media is failing in their public education work.
From where I’m sitting it’s more likely, at least in most cases, that the media will do their job, yet too few people read what we generate. Or if they read it, they choose not to believe it or even ignore it for various personal reasons.
Here is a local example.
The small river town of Newton Falls in Trumbull County has regularly become known for many antics and oddities in its local government, often due to constant discord. Many times this leads to scandalous events in village operations, an unprecedented number of recall elections and other frivolity. Last month, an appointed city councilor, Brian Kropp, resigned just three months into his tenure after refusing to agree to a mandatory drug test. (By the way, Kropp’s arrival on council was equally unorthodox. He was appointed in July, unilaterally by the mayor after a disputed city council failed to come to an agreement after 60 days long enough. to make an appointment. And so on.) The tradition of the press room tells here. the stories of a comedic, light-hearted but longtime respected Tribune Chronicle journalist, may God be his soul, who once eloquently and very accurately captured the essence of Newton Falls by describing it as a “sleepy little river town which fission “.
You get the point.
In last week’s election, Kropp was running for the full term of the seat he held, hoping to fill it for the remainder of the term. But after the ballots were printed and just weeks before the election, Kropp resigned.
As you might expect, it came with a lot of Newton Falls drama. Second Ward City Councilor John Baryak has spoken publicly, saying he “would even get on all fours to ask her to consider taking the drug test.”
The resignation was well publicized. The Trumbull County Electoral Council director said Tuesday’s ballots would make it clear the candidate had withdrawn. No vote given to him would count.
Yet on election day 224 voters voted for Kropp. He didn’t win, but he won 35% of the vote in the two-man race. Why? Either voters are REALLY misinformed. Or they just forgot. Or they just didn’t care. Or a fourth option could be that they did it on purpose to send a clear message that they appreciated the board of directors with Kropp on board.
No one knows for sure, but from where I am sitting, Senator Sanders, I think it is a very clear indication that even when the media is doing their job well, the public does not always react as one might logically think. wait there.
But then, this is America, where the choice makes our democracy a desire for so many immigrants.
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