Saturday, October 30, 2004

Remember the Fourth Estate?

Rember when the media used to actually question our leaders? Remember when the media used to report the facts, rather than some made up balanced news? Remember when the media didn't just repeat White House press releases as fact? It's a sad state of affairs when the UK media is more on the ball about what democracy means than our own failed Fourth Estate:
The primary function of democracy is not to elect good leaders, since nobody can predict in advance how a politician will perform. It is to eject leaders who have manifestly failed. The ability to remove leaders who turn out to be corrupt, dangerous, outrageously dishonest or manifestly incompetent is the primary privilege and duty of any democracy. And if any leader in our lifetime deserved to be ejected by voters, regardless of their ideology or political persuasion, it is surely President Bush.

He inherited a prosperous, peaceful, law-abiding country which was universally admired around the world. He promised, if elected, to govern as a “compassionate conservative”, to end partisan confrontation in Washington and to run a “humble” foreign policy which would respect other countries and show restraint in the use of America’s global power.

Four years later, he presides over a struggling economy, the steepest four-year loss of jobs since the Great Depression, and now has the biggest budget deficits and trade imbalances on record. Far worse, he started an unnecessary war on false pretences and mismanaged it so disastrously that the instability of the Middle East is probably now a greater danger to world peace than the Soviet Union was during the Cold War. The President has failed in his primary military mission of capturing or killing Osama bin Laden and destroying al-Qaeda.
Remember when the media used to understand our democracy, and reported on the problems of our system and it's leaders in order to bring about change for the better? Too bad the horse race is all that matters now.