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Did the Media Help Obama Con the American People?

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 5:04 pm - August 1, 2009.
Filed under: Media Bias,Obama Worship & Indoctrination

As we see the “media narrative” about Obama begin to shift in the month just concluded, we become increasingly aware just how fawning their coverage of Barack Obama had been, with many suggesting his life story and rhetorical prowess alone would guarantee a successful presidency.

But, now as he tries to govern, people begin to see just how he has failed to fulfill his campaign promises of transparency, wise oversight of the federal government and fiscal discipline.  With the president’s record in office does match his rhetoric on the campaign trail, his poll numbers begin to tumble. As long as he didn’t need to govern, he could sustain his popularity.

Obama’s campaign rhetoric and the Republican failure to stay true to the party’s principles of smaller government (in January 2008, Democrats held a 22-point advantage “on the question of which party would do a better job in handling the federal budget deficit“) enabled him to capture the votes of independents (and even some Republicans) concerned about the size of the federal government.   Ed Driscoll believes the president’s poll numbers might not be “listing” as much as they are had

. . . he governed as the moderate centrist he originally held himself out to be (or was perceived as by say, David Brooks, Chris Buckley, etc.) instead of attempting to transform a wildly diverse economy into a command and control corporatist version. . . .

Jennifer Rubin concurs:

It is not hard to conclude that Obama has been caught trying to pull off a bait and switch — he ran as a moderate and is governing as a left-winger. With ample evidence that they have been conned, the voters are now registering their disapproval.

And who perpetrated this con?  There was ample evidence from Obama’s public record that he was anything but the new kind of politician he claimed to be in his campaign.

Did people want to believe his rhetoric because they liked his life story?  That’s what Ben Stein thinks:  “They wanted so much to believe Barack Obama was somehow better and different from other ultra-leftists that they simply took him on faith.”  The media made it easier for the American people to take Obama on faith.  They obscured the record of his dubious associations, his campaign tactics commonplace in the corrupt city where he first rose to power and his very liberal voting record.

Throughout his career, Barack Obama has been little more than a liberal politician, spouting the nostrums of social Democrats and other critics of capitalism who dominate American universities.  And he has been a bare-knuckled politician of the Chicago mode.  He has succeeded in obscuring his partisan reality underneath his cool veneer and personal charm.

Guess the media is only a “watchdog on power” when Republicans wield, or aspire to wield, such power.

To Quiet the Birthers, Obama Needs Release his Birth Certificate

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 4:10 pm - August 1, 2009.
Filed under: Blogging,Obama Watch

As a sign that discussion of  “birthers” claims that the President was not been born in the United States has reached feverit pitch, the House of Representatives earlier this week “unanimously passed a resolution stating that Obama was born in Hawaii.”  Echoing David Kuhn, blogging law professor William Jacobson believes “discussion of the birth certificate issue has exploded in the past month, pushed mostly by Obama supporters as part of a political tactic against Republicans.

It seems that tactic has failed.  Unanimous passage of a House resolution means no Republicans voted against this resolution.  A slightly higher percentage of Democrats did not vote on the measure than did Republicans.

Over the past few months, I have talked to quite a few “birthers” and while not sharing their skepticism about the place of Obama’s birth, I am impressed with their awareness of the “missing” evidence.  Yet, just because evidence is missing does not mean it’s not there. (And in this case, it’s not missing, just not publicly available.)  I believe Barack Obama was indeed born in the United States and has met the constitutional requirements to serve as President (whether he has the qualities to govern effectively is another issue altogether).

A House vote is not likely to satisfy the birthers.  To them, the evidence is still missing.  The only way to quiet their drum beat would be for the President to authorize the release of his birth certificate.  After all, didn’t he promise a new era of unprecedented transparency when he took office?

Bloggers across the political spectrum are in accord with conservative Bob Owens who echoes the HuffingtonPost‘s Mark Joseph in urging the President to release the certificate:

Officials in Hawaii have confirmed that the original, long-form paper birth certificate filled out at the time of President Obama’s birth exists. The President can easily ask them to release a copy of the document to the media to be photographed at high resolution, where it can be posted on news web sites and blogs around the word and debated and parsed, ultimately shutting down all but the most fringe elements of the debate, those that still believe that 9/11 was an inside job and that Ron Paul would have made a good President.

It only takes a phone call. Do this, Mr. President.

The President has it within his power to quiet this minor media firestorm.  Release the Birth Certificate to allow the focus to return to your agenda.

AP to give Franken the Obama Treatment?

This morning, as I sipped my coffee and checked the news, I learned from a headline on Yahoo!’s homepage that the least popular freshman Senator \ relishes policy role in new position.  In Henry C. Jackson’s fawning profile of former funny man Franken, we hear nary a word of criticism about the Democrat.   Yet, it seems in every profile of Republicans, even on the speech by Tim Pawlenty, Governor of the state Franken represents in the Senate to the Republican National Committee meeting in San Diego, there is the required concluding criticism by a Democratic hack.

When, they write about Republicans, the AP always finds a Democrat to criticize the GOP. When they write about Franken, they quote the Democrat praising himself.

And then, “reporter” Jackson mentions what Franken “spokeswoman Jess McIntosh described as ‘a lively discussion’ with T. Boone Pickens.”  Yep, the AP relies on a Franken spokesman for coverage of this exchange.  Here’s what really happened:

Franken managed to make time for the lunch [with Pickens]— but then let Pickens have it afterward.

According to a source, the wealthy oil and gas magnate and author of “The First Billion Is the Hardest” stepped up to introduce himself to Franken in a room just off the Senate Floor after the lunch ended

Franken, who was seated talking to someone else, did not stand when Pickens said hello. Instead, Franken began to berate him about the billionaire’s financing of the Swift Boat ads in 2004.

According to a source, the confrontation grew heated

Looks like Al Franken picked a fight.  Doesn’t fit the image the AP wishes to convey of the Democrat as a thoughtful senator with a gift for policy.   So they limit their coverage to a description provided by the Democat’s spokesman.   Kind of sounds like the way he media treatment Obama in the campaign, focusing on his promises of a new kind of postpartisan politics and ignoring his actual record.

While the AP may wish to portray Franken as a smart policy wonk, this recent exchange shows him to be, in John Hinderaker’s words, “temperamentally unsuited to high office. A bitter, angry man, Franken has a long history of confrontations and fisticuffs.

But, don’t expect the AP to report those facts about this mean-spirited Democrat.   You know, he is a Democrat after all.