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Legacy media to consider Obama’s misrepresentations in his memoir?

Two weeks ago, I blogged about Ben Smith’s review of David Maraniss’s new biography of Barack Obama,  Barack Obama: The Story. That left-of-center pundit found that the book punctures the falsehoods (AKA lies) Obama crafted in constructing his own autobiography.

Do wonder if our friends at the Washington Post and in the New York Times, the former journal which employs Mr. Maraniss as an associate editor, will devote as much consideration of Mr. Obama’s misrepresentations of his own life as they did to a haircut Mr. Romney supposedly gave a high school classmate and to the impressions of that presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s neighbors.

And do wonder if they’ve covered the numerous acts of kindness Mr. Romney since he married Ann.

ADDENDUM:  Will editorialists at these papers ask what it says about a man who attempts to rewrite his life story?  Will journalists consult psychiatrists/psychologists who have studied adults who misrepresent the details of their own childhood.

How do you think they would have reacted had they learned a Republican had created a false narrative about his own life?

Contemporary liberalism:
preferring the abstract “good” to the imperfect real?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:18 am - July 3, 2012.
Filed under: LA Stories,Liberals,Random Thoughts

Last week, when watching TV news footage of people protesting a Walmart being built in LA’s Chinatown, I caught sight of a sign which seemed to define contemporary American liberalism, “Good Jobs/not Walmart jobs.”

Given all the empty storefronts in neighborhoods across Los Angeles, you’d wonder why people are protesting a company willing to invest its own money into a new job-creating enterprise in the Southland.  This jobs project would not require higher taxes, indeed, would increase the state’s tax base without taking money from Sacramento’s (or Washington’s) depleted treasury.

These protestors, however, prefer these abstract “good jobs” to the very real “Walmart Jobs.”  They favor, that is, something that exists in the abstract, in theory, to something very real — and well, like most real things, (at least) slightly imperfect. (more…)

Debunking gay left distortions about the Gipper

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:43 am - July 3, 2012.
Filed under: Gay America,HIV/AIDS,Ronald Reagan

In the National Review last week, Deroy Murdock used the occasion of gay activists advertising their juvenile mockery of the most successful domestic policy president of the last century at the White House to debunk gay left lies about that great man.

Murdock reminds us that Ronald Reagan opposed the Briggs Amendment, “a ballot initiative that would have dismissed California teachers who ‘advocated’ homosexuality“, writing in his “his nationally syndicated newspaper column” that “homosexuality is not a contagious disease like the measles. Prevailing scientific opinion is that an individual’s sexuality is determined at a very early age and that a child’s teachers do not really influence this.”

And this in 1978 when popular opinion, to borrow an expression, had not yet evolved on the issue.

Not just that. The Gipper was not, as some activists have alleged, indifferent to the AIDS epidemic.  To the contrary, he “signed $5.73 billion in U.S.-government anti-AIDS outlays” — or, ” $10.6 billion in today’s dollars.” Deroy calculates that the “average annual increase in federal expenditures on HIV/AIDS under Reagan was 128.92 percent.

And the Gipper may well have been the first U.S. President to openly host an openly gay man — and his partner — in the White House.  According to a March 18, 1984 story from the Washington Post: “Ted Graber, who oversaw the redecoration of the White House, spent a night in the Reagans’ private White House quarters with his male lover, Archie Case, when they came to Washington for Nancy Reagan’s 60th birthday party — a fact confirmed for the press by Mrs. Reagan’s press secretary.” (more…)