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A “little homework assignment” for mainstream media:
devote more attention to administration scandals
than to Texas rocks

In yesterday’s’s Political Diary (available by subscription), Dorothy Rabinowitz forecast that the “saga of the painted-over rock on the Perry family hunting grounds will roll on a few more days before it’s displaced by some other invented scandal”. Yeah, our media do seem more transfixed with such invented scandals (provided they involve a prominent a Republican) than they are with real scandals involving the incumbent Democratic President of the United States.

Indeed, it seems that Mr. Perry has already been subject to more scrutiny over his recreational activities than Barack Obama received about his voting record (or absence* thereof), his political associates (and associations) and his theological choices. Indeed, save for the conservative blogs, Jake Tapper’s inquiries and a journalist or two at CBS News, the mainstream media seem unusually indifferent to a variety of scandals swirling inside the incumbent administration.

  1. The collapse of Solyndra and the guaranteeing of loans to energy companies enjoyingcozy relationships” with leading Democrats. No wonder the administration is trying to distract us, suggesting Republican opposition to solar subsidies is based on “defeatism.”
  2. Gunrunner or Operation Fast and Furious, where the White House deems it “reasonable” for media to ignore a story about our government authorizing and facilitating the sale of guns to murderous Mexican drug cartels.  And where the Attorney General appears to be, um, well, misrepresenting his knowledge of the program.
  3. The raid on Gibson Guitar.  (We could almost call this the converse of Solyndra, holding companies whose executes donate to Republican candidates to a higher standard. With Solyndra et al., the Democratic administration doles out federal benefits out to their friends. Here, they use the full power of the federal government against those not deemed friendly enough.)
  4. Politicized hiring in the Justice Department’s “career civil service ranks” where the president’s political appointees are trying to ensure that new (supposedly non-political) hires share the administration’s ideological outlook.

Wonder if beyond Jake Tapper and Sharryl Attkisson at CBSNews, anyone in the mainstream media will give these stories the treatment the Washington Post accorded a hunting camp with an offensive name in Texas or the Bush Administration exercising its constitutional authority in firing a handful of U.S. Attorneys.

Seems like we’ve got a “little homework assignmentfor the mainstream media.


*Or, should I say “presence” thereof.



  1. What does a nation do, when its media has become this dysfunctional?

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 6, 2011 @ 7:40 pm - October 6, 2011

  2. What does a nation do, when its media has become this dysfunctional?

    Work overtime hard at internet enterprises. Stick your neck way out, like Glenn Beck. Inventory your principles and have the guts to defend them and speak up and speak out. Tell the elite lie-berals that you ain’t buying what they are selling and also tell them to wipe that smirk off their faces. Flush them out so that they are not protected by their numbers and make the lie-berals keep to the topic and face the facts. (Example: Just how does one borrow or tax himself into prosperity?)

    Realistically, if the society has passed the tipping point, then you must have a different plan. Own land with a source of water, have a supply of food, be sure you are well armed and supplied with ammunition and only reach out to like-minded people who are there to support you rather than rob you. And if you live in a city, get to the country where people know how to grow and appreciate a potato.

    Obama is giving us an education on what “community organizers” actually do. If there is a scab, pick it. If there is a sore, aggravate it. If there is a wound, make it fester. The point is not to heal. The point is to cause division and then to stoke the flames of hatred.

    Lie-berals have no solutions, they only have grievances. If you can create a large enough army of 4’10” lie-berals, the only justice is for 6’8″ people to be cut down to “size.” Just examine the rantings of the garden variety lie-beral gays to understand what they would effect if they had the power to make it happen.

    Comment by Heliotrope — October 6, 2011 @ 8:46 pm - October 6, 2011

  3. Thanks, Heliotrope. Good suggestion, I will be back to re-read a few more times.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 7, 2011 @ 12:24 am - October 7, 2011

  4. I’m not a supporter of Perry but this “scandal” is absurd and highlights the media’s bias. I don’t recall WaPo getting this worked up about Obama’s 20 year relationship with Jeremiah Wright and somehow completely missing the racially incendiary sermons the man regularly gave. Yet a painted rock at a hunting lodge is supposed to make me think that Perry is a racist while Obama’s attendance at Wright’s church for 2 decades isn’t supposed to make me think the same about the president? Yeah, okay. Show me how Perry has behaved when it comes to non-whites and maybe there is something or maybe not, but a painted rock doesn’t impress me.

    Comment by JohnAGJ — October 7, 2011 @ 8:26 am - October 7, 2011

  5. american tass says passing by a rock with a bad word on it in the middle of nowhere makes you a racist but spending twenty years in rev. wright’s church doesn’t.

    Comment by tommy651 — October 7, 2011 @ 9:07 pm - October 7, 2011

  6. Let me be clear! Some say your homework assignment is too hard. I say y’all are too soft.


    Comment by SCOAMF — October 8, 2011 @ 4:15 am - October 8, 2011

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