When Pizza Gets More Attention Than Infant Mortality

It is highly unlikely that John Kasich will be the Republican presidential nominee. Therefore, I tend to ignore stories about him. For this one, Kasich is the subject. But my point is more about how the media tends to cover this campaign.

I’ll start by posing a question: Which one of these two stories about John Kasich is more relevant to the issue of how he would perform as president? The one about how he ate pizza with a fork? Or the one about how he basically blamed the minority communities in Ohio for the high infant mortality rate? Here’s what he said about the latter:

I will tell you this. The issue of infant mortality is a tough one. We’ve taken that on, and one of the toughest areas to take on is in the minority community. And the community itself is going to have to have a better partnership with all of us to begin to solve that problem of infant mortality in the minority community, because we’re making gains in the majority community.

Second question: Which one of those stories was picked up by all of the major media outlets and which one got ignored? I suspect that you can all answer that one accurately.

I’m being pretty hard on the media here. But their business is all about clicks and views. As long as we continue to want entertainment rather than information, this is what we’ll get.

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Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly. Follow her on Twitter @Smartypants60.