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You're Right to Vote
It's always been funny to me to see it when a newspaper endorses a political
candidate. Or a syndicated TV show airing a completely-biased news piece
favoring one candidate. Or an interview is snipped short to make one or the
other look poor. The supposedly objective reporters of the nightly news and
the paper we start with each morning give their backing to a singular group
of ideals and morality. Does this color their perspective on the daily news?
This being one of the first presidential elections with the Internet in full
bloom, popular entertainment websites are scrambling to share their views on
politics, many even endorsing candidates. So that raises the question:
Should we use our power to endorse a group of ideals and then subject our
visitors to that, those who certainly aren't coming here with the intention
of asking for voting advice? Absolutely not, it's as unethical as a
newspaper who endorses a certain ethical and sociological view saying they
represent the public, despite when the public at large votes into office a
different candidate. I think it can show how out of touch the media is with
the people of the next generation, or bias in the mainstream press.
So what am I getting at? Vote Tuesday. That's it. You've got the right to
vote and the worst sacrifice of our freedom any of us could make is to not
vote at all. Exercise your right to vote, and know you're right to vote when
given the opportunity. Instead of endorsing a candidate voted on by our
staff that you shouldn't even care about anyhow, why not take the time
tonight to get some kind of voter's guide and take a few minutes to get to
the polls tomorrow and make a statement.
It shouldn't matter what I think about a candidate or what the consensus of
the (US) TFN staff is, you should judge your candidates based on their
choices, opinions, and record. Find someone you can trust and a person of
integrity that will lead the country and represent you the best way
I'm not even going to tell you who I'll be voting for tomorrow, win or
lose, but I will tell you this: at least go out and vote.
November 6th, 2000