This week’s political circus had some big acts to talk about, but two of the biggest online “scandals” were actually much to do about nothing. In the interest of fairness, both candidates were treated unfairly by the online pundits and critics from the other side and it merits a mention. In a very apolitical analysis, both of these discussions were just stupid.
In the debate on Tuesday, presidential candidate Governor Romney was questioned about equal employment for women. He discussed how he went about assembling a cabinet that was documented as being well over 50% women when he was governor of Massachusetts. He asked his associates to assemble a pool of qualified women who would be good candidates, and the paperwork was stored in a binder.
Governor Romney made the mistake of using the term, “binders full of women,” and it took merely minutes for that term to go viral on Twitter. Within the next few days, Facebook feeds were full of photos of binders with various political jabs direced at Governor Romney’s policies toward women. One of the more humorous ones was a photograph of a smiling Bill Clinton with the words, “Stop the debate! Tell me more about these binders of women!”You can read more about this comment made by Governor Romney here at DailyBeast.com.
President Obama appeared on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” on Thursday night and he was questioned about the administration’s handling of the Libya crisis, and Jon Stewart suggested it was not “optimal.” The president answered the question that the deaths of four Americans was not “optimal” either. You can read more about his appearance here on NYDailyNews.com.
Once again, this comment went viral on social media, with conservatives using this comment as proof of the President’s lack of patriotism or concern for the lives of those who serve our county. Regardless of your politics, if you want to be fair, his comments reflected an answer that was phrased to meet the question. It was not said in a manner that suggested that the President did not care about these lives.
Social media has brought a very interesting town square atmosphere to our political elections, and it certainly is a great thing for those who love to follow such affairs, but there is also a negative side to this instant news. Sometimes, a story spreads without the necessary background to present it correctly.
Fair is fair, and stupid is stupid.