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If Elections are Fair and Square, Why are We So Divided?

Updated on November 7, 2016
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Over 850 complaints have been filed with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) about the facts of prejudiced coverage of Presidential Election 2016 and preferential treatment given during Democratic debates to the most favorite candidate of our political establishment Hillary Clinton. Three major cable networks were reported to be biased when it comes to covering Clinton versus Sanders debate, with CNN being noted for hiding the results of the polls that favored Bernie Sanders and editing the debate footage in such a way that Bernie Sanders was not getting a fair chance to get the Democratic nomination. Many of the complaints also noted the connection between large donations made by Time Warner, the parent company of CNN, to Clintons throughout the years and the favoritism displayed by CNN for Hillary Clinton. It feels like Time Warner is buying itself the allegiance of, God forbid, the future President of the United States. CNN, of course, did not respond to any of the allegations or request for comment.

FCC, on the other hand, responded that it has no authority to regulate CNN and cannot restrict content coming from the cable networks. What’s ironic is that FCC is actually barred from censorship and infringement on the First Amendment right of the press. Nonetheless, there seem to be no free and unbiased press left in this country, regardless of our constitutional laws that may and are now often used against us, common citizens of the United States.

One of the most popular complaints was about access to the debates that primarily aired over the cable networks and were not available to people with basic TV packages, which filtered out most Americans, especially those of lower incomes who may have favored Bernie Sanders and his plans and aspirations for social equality (if there’s such a thing in a highly capitalistic society). The complaints were made against Fox News, CNN and MSNBC during the period between August 5, 2015 and March 15, 2016, covering the whole debate season that contributed to us having to choose between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as the frontrunners of this Election.

There was also about a dozen of complaints that reported giving too much or too favorable attention to Donald Trump, while some expressed that Fox News and other networks smeared this Republican candidate, and a few complained about Trump’s rhetoric, which, as we all know by now, is also out of control of FCC…

There are also reports about preparations being made by some left political parties and followers of Bernie Sanders to physically come to the Republican National Convention 2016 in Clevelend, Ohio, in order to object to Donald Trump being chosen to run against Hillary Clinton, which makes little sense if they were really Bernie Sanders’ supporters. Wouldn’t they instead want to visit the Democratic National Convention 2016, demanding for fairness in the elections for Bernie Sanders to be nominated as Democratic candidate instead of Hillary Clinton?

Overall, American people are tired of this farce of Elections and all the shenanigans that became so obvious during this election season. American nation as a whole is deeply divided – even more than during a few close presidential elections over the past 20 years. As we all know, a Nation divided is bound to fail, and so are we if our so called leaders don’t get their act together and start acting like the true leaders and true American patriots, and not as cheaters and deceivers who are selling out to the highest bidder.

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      CJ Kelly 

      2 years ago from Auburn, WA

      Social media is the reason that we have become even further divided. Yes, we split down the middle before, but I don't think it was as vicious in tone as it is now. The Bush-Gore election was bad, but things are getting scary and social media platforms are the driving force. We have protests somewhere everyday now.

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