American Idol and presidential candidates

Juan Cole drew an interesting parallel between the candidates vying for the Presidency and those competing in American idol’s finale:

I find it a little eerie how closely the finale of the television program American Idol resembles the presidential race. Here you have an older male from the school of hard knocks; a younger, soulful man who inspires his peers; and a woman candidate who shows amazing resilience.

The problem is that it isn’t necessarily a disservice to focus so much on the personalities of entertainers, though it’s much more so for presidential candidates:

when you cover an election as though it is a talent contest and you zero in on personalities candidates.jpgrather than issues, then this is pretty much the sort of melodrama you can construct. It becomes about determined women, less experienced young men, and more hardened older men who know how to mix a stiff drink. You would find these personalities in any tubby novel for sale at an airport bookstore. Mercado, Archuleta and Cook are far more complex and interesting persons than the stock characters that the media has imposed on them. But at least the wrong done them by simplification is minor; they are after all entertainers, and if they attain their potential they will have plenty of opportunity to tell their real stories.

With regard to our political leaders, the infotainment approach obscures the most weighty matters ever to face our Republic, and does a grave disservice to voters whose fate hangs in the balance.

Of course the candidates’ personalitiesmatter to an extent-but it seems that 8 out of 10 articles/stories are more interested in personalities rather than candidates’ plans for office.Is anyone else tired of the excessive coverage and analysis of personalities?


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  3. I saw American Idol winner Lee has just signed up to RCA records. I can't wait to listen to his new album.

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  5. Cleo Hayn says:

    I think Donald Trump would be a better American Idol judge than Harry Connick Jr. – Trump isn't at all afraid to voice what he thinks and can be as outspoken as Simon Cowell.

  6. Cleo Hayn says:

    I think Donald Trump would be a better American Idol judge than Harry Connick Jr. – Trump isn’t at all afraid to voice what he thinks and can be as outspoken as Simon Cowell.

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