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Of Shiny Objects & Squirrels (American Media in the Obama Era)

Perhaps inspired by having to watch over an hour of CNN while doing cardio on a day when I was reading David Freddoso’s Spin Masters: How the Media Ignored the Real News and Helped Reelect Barack Obama, I decided to create this new category.

Despite recent revelations in the IRS/Tea Party scandal, Wolf Blitzer, Erin Burnett and Anderson Cooper were more interested in rehashing the Zimmerman trail, replaying footage of a train wreck in Spain and talking about the sexual escapades of a New York Democrat.  None made any mention of Obama appointee, William Wilkins, the IRS Chief Counsel or his meeting with the president at the White House on April 23, 2012.

And it wasn’t just this and  other scandals swirling about the Obama administration. The president delivered a much-anticipated speech on the economy yesterday. And CNN, at least when I was watching, gave short (if any) shrift to that. Just one day after Obama made his remarks.

Guess they just got distracted by the footage of the train crash and the salacious nature of the Democratic mayoral candidate’s latest indiscretion.

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  1. Well I do think the train wreck in Spain was news worthy but think the media is much too obsessed with the Zimmerman verdict and Weiner see ting (Obama however is probably happy to see this).

    Shoot I would like to see the MSM ask Obama which scandals are phony.

    Comment by Just Me — July 26, 2013 @ 8:34 am - July 26, 2013

  2. And let’s not forget all those breathless media updates about the royal baby: “This just in — royal baby still not named!”

    Comment by Conservative Guy — July 26, 2013 @ 11:07 am - July 26, 2013

  3. The Daily Caller published a column cheering on Russia’s brutal and draconian crackdown on LGBT people, downplaying concerns about state sponsored anti-gay violence and criticizing American activists for meddling in Russia’s affairs.

    Russia has enacted a number of extreme anti-LGBT measures in the past few months, including laws that prohibit the dissemination of “gay propaganda” to minors and ban the adoption of Russian children by people from countries that allow same-sex marriage.

    The vague language of the “gay propaganda” law, which has been condemned by human rights experts for violating international human rights law, makes it especially dangerous – anything from waving a rainbow flag to holdings hands in public could potentially be considered criminal “propaganda” under the measure. The law has already led to the arrests of several openly gay tourists in Russia. Meanwhile, police continue to violently crack down on gay pride celebrations and homophobic murders remain a constant threat to Russia’s LGBT community.  

    On July 25, the Daily Caller published an op-ed  titled “Putin is not the gay bogeyman,” written by Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM) President Austin Ruse. According to Ruse, international concerns about Putin’s brutal crackdown on LGBT people are wildly exaggerated. In fact, Ruse argues, America should be learning from Russia’s anti-LGBT policies:

    Comment by George — July 29, 2013 @ 12:26 pm - July 29, 2013

  4. TALKING ABOUT OTHER THINGS WHILE THE RIGHT WINGS SIDE WITH SATAN.
    SINCE WHEN RUSSIAN IS MODEL COUNTRY.
    AH… SINCE THEY ARE OUTSPOKEN HOMOPHOBIC.
    YEA, GAY PEOPLE TURN TO THE GOP IN MASSE IN 2014
    fools

    Comment by George — July 29, 2013 @ 12:28 pm - July 29, 2013

  5. I find it amusing that the bigot George and his fellow Obama puppets like bigot Dan Savage are so against Russia’s laws when they openly endorse and champion governments and groups like Iran, the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, Hizbollah, and the Muslim Brotherhood that hunt down and execute gays.

    But that’s because the bigot George and his fellow bigots like Dan Savage don’t really care about gays being killed; they are just barking on command for their master Obama, who has been humiliated by the Russians. When it’s a government that Obama supports and the Obama Party wants, gays like George and Dan Savage praise and endorse those who are actively hunting down and executing gays.

    And furthermore, the Barack Obama Party that George and his fellow bigots like Dan Savage support have called for the death of all gay Republicans and the murder of all Republicans.

    So George, since you want to scream and rant and cry, why don’t you call out your own sick Obama and your own sick Obama Party for supporting these governments that murder gays abroad and for their calling for the murder of gays right here in the United States?

    Oh, that’s right; you don’t care about murdering gays. In fact, you support it, don’t you, sick child? Poor twisted sick George, exposed as a liar and a hypocrite when you refuse to condemn your own Obama Party for calling for gays to be murdered.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — July 29, 2013 @ 3:18 pm - July 29, 2013

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