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Despite Strong Economy, MSM Focuses on Negative

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 5:47 pm - March 10, 2006.
Filed under: American History,Media Bias

On the day when “[b]road-based gains in employment sent stocks” soaring, with the Dow alone climbing over 100 points and with the price of crude oil falling “below $60 a barrel,” AOL’s business headline focuses on the negative — highlighting a poll showing a drop in consumer confidence.

No wonder the president’s poll numbers continue to sag. Despite a strong economy, the MSM focuses on the bad news. What the president needs is an aggressive and energetic press secretary, eager to promote his boss’s successes — and other good news during his term in office — while standing up to the cynicism of the White House press corps. The president should do what the greatest Republican president did after Antietam: Fire McClellan.



  1. I agree with you, McClellen should go, but so should some others. Bush is loyal to a fault and if he doesnt want to be the lame duck he seems to be already, he needs to go back on the offensive and show people he is a leader. He didnt show that he was a leader with the hurricanes (which seems to be in the press more and more), with the current state of Iraq (although he started to last fall pre-NSA but then dropped it), with the NSA spying deal AND now the Dubai ports deal. If the voice of the President of the United States gets drowned out by members of Congress — especially his own party — then there is a major problem in the White House. I support the President on most things, but honestly if asked today if I approved of his job performance I’d have to think long and hard before answering.

    Comment by PatriotPal — March 10, 2006 @ 6:31 pm - March 10, 2006

  2. Left-liberal like to promote Canada as how the U.S. should be (economically), including socialized medicine.

    Slightly off Bruce’s topic, but a propos of the above, this NYT article (registration required) documents the growing inadequacy and breakdown of Canada’s socialized health care system.

    Coming from a Democrat, left-liberal stronghold as the NYT – perhaps Canada’s real situation is even worse?

    Comment by Calarato — March 10, 2006 @ 7:14 pm - March 10, 2006

  3. Dan… that is awesome! Both McClellans were ineffectual, refused to powers vested in their offices, and fail to press on any issue they could actually win on.


    Comment by GayPatriot — March 10, 2006 @ 7:19 pm - March 10, 2006

  4. Sorry Dan. You wrote it! From the brevity and the pointed call-to-action, I just assumed I was reading Bruce, LOL šŸ™‚

    Comment by Calarato — March 10, 2006 @ 7:25 pm - March 10, 2006

  5. I’m all for firing McClellan, but I’d rather fire Bush.

    Comment by Ed Bremson — March 10, 2006 @ 8:08 pm - March 10, 2006

  6. Surely it’s a MSM conspiracy. If I mozy over to the NYT website I see the lead article in the Business Section is “Jobs Grow and Wages Rise as Economy Picks Up Steam”. I guess they didn’t get the talking points memo from the DNC…

    Comment by Mr. Moderate — March 10, 2006 @ 8:24 pm - March 10, 2006

  7. #1 “I support the President on most things, but honestly if asked today if I approved of his job performance Iā€™d have to think long and hard before answering.”

    Your forthrightness is admirable.

    Today Mr. Bush spoke about the Dubai deal and how it would have been good for the country. If he’d said three weeks ago (before the story broke–that is if he had broken the story) what he said today, he might well be celebrating the finalization of the deal.

    He didn’t; he isn’t.

    There is an unhealthy amount of xenophobia in the country today. Leadership could have controlled it.

    Comment by Gene — March 10, 2006 @ 11:18 pm - March 10, 2006

  8. Even the LA Times is sounding upbeat.

    Comment by John — March 10, 2006 @ 11:39 pm - March 10, 2006

  9. Would Donald Trump put up with a baffon like Scott M.? Scott M is the son of a very powerful Republican family in Texas ! He is a mess and looks like a scared mouse at the press meetings . The first Bush spokesman ,Ari,was tough and had a sharp tongue that scared the DNC operatives (AKA white house press corp) .Scott is afraid of his on shadow.

    Comment by robbie — March 11, 2006 @ 9:32 am - March 11, 2006

  10. Scott McClellan’s mom is Carole Keeton Strayhorn, a demoncRAT-turned-Republican-turned-Independent who is running for Texas governor opposite such notables as incumbent Gov. Rick “I’m Too Sexy for this Job” Perry and humorist Kinky Friedman, one-time lead vocalist for a band called the Texas Jewboys.

    Oh, yeah, former US Congressman Chris Bell is running too, but he has about as much chance of winning as Lynn Swann has of being elected Grand Wizard of the KKK.

    Scott needs to take a page out of his mom’s playbook and go on offense. They don’t call Carole “one tough grandma” for nothing.

    Peter Hughes

    Comment by Peter Hughes — March 11, 2006 @ 11:52 am - March 11, 2006

  11. Yeah I gotta agree. I know W is loyal to a fault. But more often these press dweebs need to be stood up too esp when they are making asses of themselves. The right , polite and devastating technique isnt always easily taught and learned but it’s a large country. Find a republican communication head who can handle the job. When you ve got the ancient media against you going in plus the other party you need strength inthis position. The President shouldnt always have to be the one who must come out and sell the administrations positives. BTW why isnt there a congressional leader given the job of touting the good news on a daily basis? The Libs have Chuckie Shumer, Reid, Pelosi et all who run to a camera as soon snow falls in NYC or the wind blows too strong in LA blaming the Prez. Its silly but effective in convincing 50% of the country who get their news still from the media elites.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — March 11, 2006 @ 2:05 pm - March 11, 2006

  12. After Cheney’s hunting accident and the Dubai Ports kerfuffle, I certainly have lost any residual faith in McCellan’s effectiveness. The Bush-43 press-operation has always been behind the ball since Florida’s hanging-chads. He’s loyal and means well, but he’s not a Labrador retriever. The Bushies need a real-pro to grab the WH Press by the throat…give them a good shake…and send them packing. Perhaps the entire model of the 20th-century WH press-operation shoud be re-engineered for 21st-century communications. Rather than having a pet interlocutor for the captive WH press corps, perhaps they need a more senior opinion-shaper created/coopted to go outside the WH’s fence and get the message-out and stop the death-by-a-thousand-cuts doling out of trivia and important news intermixed.

    And my own opinion is that ther’s been too-much insulation between the President’s office (or his desk) and the instantly-breaking news-cycle. The inner circle needs it’s own Instapundit to filter and transmit traffic both ways, preferably some outside the policy and advocacy-circles of influence….an interior honest-(info)broker.

    The entire business-model is broken…it’s not just a staffing issue.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — March 12, 2006 @ 11:45 pm - March 12, 2006

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