The top ongoing news story on everyone’s television sets seem to always be this upcoming presidential election, and it was that exact story on NBC’s Nightly News with Brian Williams on February 28, 2012. Politics seem to be either the center of one’s life or the center of one’s jokes. People tend to love them or hate them, understand them or simply wait to blindly give their already predetermined vote because how could they ever consider a liberal democrat when every conservative republican is a gift from heaven? Yes, it’s sadly true how most Americans do not like to dedicate time to following politicians until weeks before the actual election since most of the time they do not understand what the candidates are actually debating about. That seems to be the root of this problem of voters who are uneducated on who they are actually voting for: the issues are too complicated for them to understand. Things like the economy and healthcare plans are issues that most politicians themselves can hardly grasp simply because of their highly complex nature which have to be intensely studied by professionals in order for the issues to be resolved. So, what about the everyday American? I’ve heard it said, “The newspaper is to be written in a way that a thirteen-year-old could understand it”. Should broadcast news not have the same goal? The reality is a lot of voters do not completely understand the candidate they are voting for, because the candidate has not been talked about in a light that is easy enough for them to understand. I even found myself, one who is interested in politics and tries hard to understand and grasp the difficult problems presented in the election, getting lost in the elevated style of words chosen by NBC’s Nightly News. They seemed to have presented the problem well, but got a little “too wordy” in their newscast. The numbers and percentages given could become overwhelming for your average American. We must also not forget about that small percentage of voters, the eighteen-year-old high schooler, who also has a say in who will become the next President of the United States. Do we not want that eighteen-year-old to be an educated voter? Present it in a way for even the young high schoolers and college students to understand. This is not to say it should be diluted down to the level of a kindergartener. There are those who do not understand and don’t care to and that is another issue within itself. Needless to say though, the news, especially politics, is important for everyone to grasp. The news is for everyone, not just the elite.

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