(KET’s “One to One” Bill Goodman on left, with Al Cross director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues at the University of Kentucky)
The U.S. Senate Race in Kentucky has certainly been in the spotlight this year. KET’s “One to One” with Bill Goodman interviewed UK journalism professor and former reporter Al Cross. Cross explains what is important for the Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes race. According to Cross, low points happened for both candidates. Last April, McConnell said it was not his responsibility for economic development “that is not my job. It is the primary responsibility of the state Commerce Cabinet,” in a Beattyville newspaper. Also Grimes was pressured to answer if she voted for President Obama or not by the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Cross bought up the outrageous advertising and campaigning. He said there were many anonymous donations made to The Kentucky Opportunity Coalition. The group has aired some 12,000 commercials supporting McConnell, while attacking Grimes.
Other key facts to consider are the control of the House and the role of the media in the election. Cross believes that it is possible for some Republicans, who are tired of McConnell to stay at home. McConnell has the potential to gain Democratic voters from the eastern Kentucky coal regions, even if the Republicans do not take the lead. Cross says the political ads are harming the role of the media. “We live in a media environment where everybody is really hungry for audience and that means they’re giving people what they want, not what they need,” Cross said. The range of political ads needs to change in order to back away from opinion and move forward with factual news, until then political campaigns will remain the same.
KET will broadcast live coverage of the election results tonight as well as additional coverage and analysis. http://www.ket.org/election/
Al Cross is currently working with UK students on a blog for the Kentucky U.S. Senate race. For more information: http://kysenate.blogspot.com
The full episode on KET can be watched here: http://www.ket.org/cgi-bin/cheetah/watch_video.pl?nola=konon+000941
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