This week I attended a panel put on by the New Democratic Network (NDN), a progressive think tank. Speakers like Mayor Booker from Newark, NJ, Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, Jonathan Atler, the senior editor of Newsweek, and the amazing Arianna Huffington, editor in chief of the Huffington Post, discussed their ideas for a better tomorrow.
Cecile Richards pointed out that Planned Parenthood does more to prevent abortion than any other group, and said that John McCain and his 0 percent voting record with Planned Parenthood would take American women backwards. Arianna Huffington discussed what she calls the Pontius Pilot media, which tries to find the truth by giving equal time to partisan arguments. She argued that the truth often rests unequivocally on one side. Here's how she answered a few questions from the audience.
How dangerous are the networks with their talking heads and fake drama?
Right now it's about the real conflict in the Democratic Party between Hillary and Obama supporters. It's not resolved. But the way it dominates is disproportionate. [The story] is easy. Like college football. It's not like people's lives are at stake.
How can we get people to change their outlook? To see the answer
Instead of trying to move people away from Fox or voters away from McCain, target people who have given up. Target the 83 million eligible voters who did not vote in 2004. The millions who don't vote just think politics can't change anything. How many universal healthcare plans have been presented? All those who have given up are rationale. We have to convince them.
How do we convince those who gave up?
For example, Huffington Post launched new lifestyle sections for users who do not agree with our politics, but will discover our politics.
Do you agree with Arianna? Should the media stop giving equal time for partisan talking points and washing their hands of the responsibility to find the truth? Do you think some of those 83 million nonvoters will cast a ballot this November?