Xavier Smith: My election thoughts

Xavier Smith • Updated Nov 9, 2016 at 12:00 PM

By the time most people read this, the county will (hopefully, barring an unforeseen, but understandable, apocalypse) have elected a new president. Now that the election is over, I have a few things to get off my chest.

Blame “the media.”

It’s baffling to me how many people use this sentence without regard and without truly understanding what they’re saying. Are there some media outlets catered to a certain audience? Certainly. I wouldn’t expect Fox News to present liberal viewpoints or MSNBC to present conservative views. 

However, those outlets cater to their audience and their audience doesn’t want those opposing viewpoints. 

Also, with the vast resources available thanks to the Internet, there still seems to be this stigma that television personalities or writers have the absolute power to influence. That’s false and would be an insult to the consumer’s own intelligence. 

I’ve watched over the last few years as numerous unarmed black people have been killed by law enforcement and in almost all instances, there has been hesitation or few people amid national, non-stop coverage admit that the situations could have been resolved differently. 

I’ve seen numerous media personalities question why the killing of Iowa police officers (with 46-year-old, white male Scott Michael Greene as the suspect) has not received the same coverage as the police killings in Baton Rouge and Dallas. 

That’s unfair journalism, particularly when police killings have been used as political talking points this election. 

I’m not saying that some outlets don’t have their own agenda, scripts and angles they use, regardless of the truth. I’m saying in the same sense it’s unfair to cast all police officers as racists and killers, it’s unfair to say all journalists have an ulterior motive besides reporting the truth as presented. 

I’ve yet to receive a complaint from a citizen when I do a story informing people how to help a family as a member battles a terminal illness or when one of the county’s youth does something that makes this county a better place. 

Trump versus Clinton 

I could honestly care less about who wins the election. I’m willing to be that whoever wins this election doesn’t step foot in Lebanon or Wilson County during their term for a non-political reason. 

The person elected won’t make Wilson County a better place to be. That person won’t drive out the poison that exists and lead this community forward.

Voting for a president is well and dandy, but if you don’t take your local and state elections as seriously as you take the national election, then there’s a problem. 

I haven’t deleted a Facebook friend or unfollowed someone on Twitter because of their political views, although I may question their true feelings depending on their reasoning. 

I never want to be completely surrounded by people think like me and agree with anything I say because I feel like that stunts personal growth.

Nonetheless, after this election, we all have to go back to our jobs and lives and try to navigate this life the best way we can.  

 Xavier Smith is a staff writer for The Democrat. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @wilsonnewswritr.

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