A lot has been written about media bias in the run up to the U.S Presidential Election but as I have long suspected public interest in elections anywhere in the world is an overplayed hand by the media whose coverage, analysis and opinion merely serves to fuel more media interest. The media circus is played out largely for members of the media circus and the message rarely gets through. The fact that an estimated 90 million voters in the States had apparently decided not to vote was bad enough but it seems that the coverage in the printed media about the huge lack of basic information in the build up to the election has finally borne fruit. Fox has revealed that there was a sudden 'spike' in Google searches on election day as people went on line to find out who was actually running for President.
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I've spent sometime on the Wall Street Journal comments page reading and digesting the 75 pages (at the time of writing) worth of observations, comments, good natured banter and offensive remarks and it's interesting to see that America, just like good old Blighty, has it's share of political ignoramuses. It would seem that for many contributors anybody just to the left of George W. Bush is a Socialist, simply because his/her views are not right wing enough. Bonkers.