ABC News’ Diane Sawyer and a host of other news reporters have often asked if GOP presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, is too rich to relate to the average American voter. It made me wonder; If that question were valid, wouldn’t we ask the same about anyone that was rich?
I thought the best example of this would be rich rappers. They’ve often been used to promote politics. Many may remember rap impresario, Sean “P-Diddy” Combs, “Vote Or Die” campaign back in 2004. Rap mogul, 50 Cent (as well as other very rich actors and musicians) participated in print ads for that campaign. No one ever asked if P-Diddy was too rich to relate.
And Jay-Z is reportedly worth and estimated $450,000,000. “Jigga Man” has been selling ignorant swill to the habitants of slums across our nation and abroad and has made hundred of millions of dollars off the backs of the most disenfranchised groups. Mitt Romney may like being able to fire people but, he’s surely not for selling ignorance for profit.
I know that rappers don’t make public policy. The argument here is that the press has spent a exorbitant amount of time and editorial space on painting a rich guy like Mitt Romney as an out of touch millionaire. Following their standard and practices, I’m forced to ask if this is a double standard.
Would the press say George Clooney is too rich to understand the poverty in Somalia?