Deplorable, racist, sexist, obese, and ugly were some of the words uttered during the 2016 presidential election. As the campaign went on, both candidates were incapable to remain positive and on message. Social media, including Facebook and Twitter, and main street media become partners in covering the election. Both entities appeared to have their own biases in reporting the news.
I am offering the following suggestions to avoid some of the concerns raised during and after the election.
- Avoid labels – The main street media attempted to label the voters. College-educated white women and men, rural, urban, religious, high-school graduates, and many others were some of the demographic and psychographic ideals used. American are more then labels. Main street media should begin a tour of America and talk to the voters. The reporters will gain an education that will become very useful in the coverage of the 2020 election cycle. A rural women who is Catholic and has a high-school diploma does not automatically make her a conservative or Republican. A liberal or Democrat is not only a college-educated white male.
- Social media – Facebook or the next version is an excellent place to have the difference of opinion and ideology meet. Social media can expand the conversation by encouraging open dialogue.
My sincere hope for the 2020 election cycle is both candidates listen and act accordingly. Although the candidates are from different political parties, they do want the best for America and its world partners. The world is now connected by social media, business globalization, and the internet. The world is watching us and Americans will continue to be a beckon of hope and dreams. Finally, make America great again by being stronger together.
The following link depicts the similarity in all of us: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnDgZuGIhHs