Posted tagged ‘barack obama’

Liberal media?

October 8, 2008

I have no journalism experience, but something caught my eye with today’s [October 8th, 2008] edition of The Oklahoman.  Below, the image on the left is a scan of a physical copy of today’s Oklahoman with the clear headline “Obama sarcastic; McCain defends.”   For some reason, the online version of today’s paper, found at www.newsok.com, has a different headline as you can see in the image on the right: “Economy shapes second debate.”  I found it odd that there are differing headlines between what appears to be the exact same article.  Also weird, the link to the online article is http://newsok.com/obama-sarcastic-mccain-defends/article/3308736.

       
Now, for those unfamiliar with The Oklahoman, the paper is run by the Gaylord family, a group who has historically injected their conservative political & religious beliefs into many aspects of the paper, i.e. beyond the editorial pages.  They’re like Rupert Murdoch with religion.  The paper has even been named The Worst Paper in America by The Columbia Journalism Review.  In fairness, they have toned down a bit since this scathing article, but a rabid dog without teeth is still rabid, got it?  Am I being too conspiratorial in thinking the editor(s) manipulated the headlines in a format to cast negative light on Obama? I’d appreciate feedback from anyone out there with any journalism cred to help me clear up this situation.

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Ok, now it’s REALLY official

July 10, 2008

Referencing an earlier post, the Congressional passage of the bill to expand the federal government’s surveillance powers further reinforces my belief that Congress, and especially the Dems as they’re the ones in charge, is a pack of spineless wieners when it comes to standing up for what is right, which not coincidentally tends to be on the opposite side of Dumb Dumb & his administration’s actions.

From the NYT article: The measure gives the executive branch broader latitude in eavesdropping on people abroad and at home who it believes are tied to terrorism, and it reduces the role of a secret intelligence court in overseeing some operations. Of great importance in this bill is the provision that grants immunity to the telecommunication companies who collaborated with the government to illegally wiretap the phone calls of Americans after 9/11.

Again from the article: There is nothing to fear in the bill, said Senator Christopher S. Bond, the Missouri Republican who was a lead negotiator, “unless you have Al Qaeda on your speed dial.” Dumb ass. That line might play in Hooterville but it don’t got no legs with those of us with book learnin. Actually, book learnin has nothing to do with it. Being an American has everything to do with it and blatently violating the privacy of Americans affects us all.

I was quite disappointed to see B.O. amend cower from his earlier stance promising to filibuster any bill granting immunity to telecom companies. Maybe he needs a new campaign poster:

Biting off the soundbites

April 27, 2008

Bill Moyers had a great interview with Jeremiah Wright this past Friday on “Bill Moyers Journal.” It was refreshing to watch a journalist go to the source, avoid showing only the sensationalistic clip of Wright’s fiery sermon, and instead show the minutes of the sermon prior to his phrasing of “God damn America.” If you have some time, give it a view.
http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/04252008/watch.html

VP pick em

April 16, 2008

In a move to stimulate interaction with my loyal readers (and also because I’m genuinely curious), I would like to have a contest (with no prizes) to guess who the vice-presidential candidates might be this fall. You can make multiple guesses for each possible presidential candidate. I thought about holding off with my picks, but I run the show here so away we go!

*these picks are in random order
John McCain

  • Newt Gingrich: this would bring a level of intellect to the campaign that is currently missing & would solidify him with conservatives (although they’ll probably vote for him anyway).
  • Kay Bailey Hutchison: conservative senator from Texas.
  • Michael Steele: former lt. governor of Maryland; also, an African-American Republican (yes, they do exist).
  • Mitt Romney: a smart guy but he wouldn’t help with those conservative already skeptical of McCain.
  • Joe Lieberman: an Independent & former Democratic vp candidate who is already supporting McCain.

Barack Obama

  • Bill Richardson: NM governor with a strong resume who may help secure votes in the Latino community.
  • Chris Dodd: smart & experienced senator.
  • Jim Webb: Virginia senator & Secretary of the Navy under Reagan who would add military experience to the ticket which, for some reason, you need to run for president.
  • Kathleen Sebelius: two-term governor of a very red state (KS) & a strategic pick to possibly secure those Clintonites who might abandon the Dems if HRC isn’t the nominee.

In the interests of reality, I’m not picking possible running mates for HRC but feel free to do so. I look forward to seeing your responses.

The Queen is (nearly) Dead

February 22, 2008

Another brilliant performance by the Queen of Smarm last night. I’m going to start a petition that she also be appointed the Princess of Petty. After her emotional (media words, not mine) closing remarks at last night’s debate (in which she smugly stated Obama’s language is “change you can Xerox”) I find this story at CNN’s Political Ticker. The Dame of Disengenuiousness. Yeah, that’s the one.

I anticipate her next move will be to uncover Obama’s history of violence (pulling pigtails) and previous collapsed marriage (you know, the one that took place at recess under the slide). Stay tuned…

FOB no more?

January 27, 2008

Watching things unfold in & around South Carolina the past week, as well as a blog entry I recently found, has made me look more critically at the Clinton campaign machine. Jake Tapper, ABC News Senior National Correspondent, wrote this post which caught my eye as it was a member of the “mainstream” press penning a pointedly subjective (and opinionated) piece about Billary. Now, I may not be entirely clear on Tapper’s job duties (reporting or providing commentary or a hybrid of the 2), but it struck me that, in the middle of this political race for president, a journalist (and I’m discounting Fox News for obvious reasons in this statement) would so directly challenge the statements of someone involved in the campaign (and Bill is most assuredly involved).

I was too young to remember Bill’s first campaign & in his second, he didn’t need to attack too hard with Bob Dole sinking his own campaign with such statements as those questioning the addictiveness of tobacco & blaming C. Everett Koop’s criticism of Dole’s tobacco statements on the “liberal media.” In this campaign, Billary has faced a significant, sustained, and unexpected challenge from Obama. As such, their rhetoric has been quite vindictive, especially over the past few weeks.

Going into this election, I didn’t really care for HRC’s smarmy arrogance, but after the recent attacks covering everything from qualifications (in spite of Obama holding elected office longer than HRC) to race-baiting statements (comparisons to Jesse Jackson), my distaste for her & her campaign have been cemented. Bill is certainly no rogue agent & his comments are made with Hill’s tacit approval. So, without really knowing with whom I am going with in this campaign, I can now most certainly say with whom I am not.