Friday, November 21, 2008
More articles stating the conservative side. Again, I am trying to put some stuff here so that we have some better perspective of both the views, otherwise, most of the open mic's are no longer discussions of various view points.
An interesting OpEd by Mitt Romney on the Auto industry crisis. This was of course, soundly criticized by left leaning media outlets.
OR The Video Version:
Obama was endorsed by the Auto Unions (UAW) who raised money for the campaign, so, is he going to bail out the auto industry to keep them happy?
Related links below:
http://www.uaw.org/e08/story/e08_0610_01.php OR http://www.barackobama.com/2007/11/13/remarks_of_senator_barack_obam_32.php
More politics as usual? Hope? Change?
Where is the change from the Democratic party? I thought Lieberman was the devil and needed to be ostracized from the party
Also, if Obama is picking most of his cabinet from Clinton's administration, why was Sen. Hillary Clinton ostracized as a "Washington insider" during the primaries? Where is the change? Tom Daschle is cited to be Sec. for Health and Human services, this may be a conflict of interest. At issue is Mr. Daschle’s work since leaving the Senate four years ago as a board member of the Mayo Clinic and a highly paid adviser to health care clients at the law and lobbying firm Alston & Bird.
The Obama Hype Machine
An article/blog that is not too happy about the Obama hype machine in the media
Does Obama want the crisis to deepen?
Media MIA On Emanuel's Crisis Comment
By Seton Motley
November 21, 2008 - 08:33 ET
Remember the years of media flak President George W. Bush received for his alleged use for political gain of first the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and then the related Afghanistan and Iraq Wars?
Will the press be as vociferous now? Incoming Obama Administration Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, speaking on Wednesday on and to the Wall Street Journal Digital Network, stated outright his desire to make political hay with the ongoing travails of the U.S. and global economy:
"You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before."
Wonder why President-elect Obama resigned from the Senate so early (while Vice President-elect Joe Biden remains an active member) and is hanging back, not wading into the debate over bailouts etc, and naming candidates for nearly every Cabinet post save Treasury (the man or woman who will have $350 billion to dispense when he/she walks through the door)?
Based upon what Emanuel is saying, the conclusion one might draw is that the Obama team wants the uncertainty this foments to fester and grow, thereby increasing the gravity of the crisis upon which the Administration then intends to capitalize.
Chris Matthews and others in the media dreaming of an early coronation, I mean Inauguration, are perhaps missing an important Obama Administration point. The longer the crisis lingers, the more our economy tanks, the better it is for them from their perspective when they finally do take the reins.
All in the best interest of our nation, of course. (?!?)
Where oh where has the press's righteous indignation at the use of national hardship for crass political gain gone? That apparently has departed early, so as to make way for the Obama Adminstration they can't wait to see get started.
—Seton Motley is Director of Communications for the Media Research Center
For the record, my view is NO on PROP 8. I think it is an acceptable conservative/libertarian view to NOT change the constitution to define marriage as ONLY between a man and a woman. I believe that the Government has no business telling me who I can or cannot marry. I also believe it is acceptable to protest this. How can the majority legislate, what many gays consider to be, a fundamental right? Gays as a minority should be protected. Perhaps this should be an interesting topic for open mic.
The Right side view of Obama's healthcare plan
The interesting paragraph to me here (link above) was "3) Republicans better earn to competently talk healthcare"
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
All, we further discussed Media Bias this week. I wanted to post this interesting segment on TALK OF THE NATION in NPR. PLease review this at your leisure. I would strongly encourage you to also read the PDF of a scientific study on media bias as well.
MOST news outlets have a liberal bias, with the Wall Street Journal and New York Times and CBS being fairly hardcore liberal!!!! Even more liberal leaning than Fox as a conservative leaning media agency! Something to mull over. Even NPR has a score of 66 where the center score = 50!!!!
Friday, November 7, 2008
I truly hope Obama will meet at least 10% of the hype he has generated, because in my mind, even if he meets 10% of the hype, he will be a truly great president. Granted this is a historic moment and one sought long and hard, especially by the African Americans. However, is it fair to put so much expectation on this one man? Are we setting him up for failure? I sure hope not. There is so much to be done. I am so glad this election is over so that the poor man can get on with governance. Hopefully the hype will subside.
I found these articles that discuss this further
Barack Obama lays plans to deaden expectation after election victoryhttp://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/us_elections/article5051118.ece
PRUDEN: A heartfelt toast to Obama
I would encourage you to read the first part of this blog (below) prior to this one.
SNL - Banned SNL Skit ripping both the Dems and Reps.
check this out, and see where you stand maybe?
At the last open mic (A very historic moment in US history - Nov 4th 2008), we were discussing the role of the press. How biased press organizations are. Since most press organizations are "For-Profit" organizations, the perspective of the top few dictate the content of the organization (due to ad contributors flexing their muscle or some other reason). Additionally, since sensationalism also sells, facts are replaced by sensational opinions or tag lines, further exacerbating the chasm (the two sides of the chams here are 1: Press = Truth / fact reporting and not Op Ed. 2: Press = OpEd pieces with mainly one side of the story represented).
It was also discussed there are very few press sources that truly represent all sides of the story. e.g. Both Liberal and Conservative views with regards to US concerns, or Indian Army vs. Separatists views with regards to Kashmir. Wouldnt it be nice to see a liberal view on the LHS and conservative view on the RHS of most important topics in a newspaper?
We also arrived at the conclusion that most people tend to get their facts from one or two sources and seldom see the other side of the coin. Whether we gravitate towards Bill O'Reilly or Bill Maher, we tend to ONLY view one or the other and establish our world view thus. This is fairly unfortunate. Furthermore, the crowd at the open mic, is fairly left leaning with respect to US politics (Obama mania was at its height on Tuesday!) and some suggested that most of the posts in this blog is highly left leaning. I volunteered myself to try and post some right leaning stuff, just to "stir the liberal pot" as it were. I will attempt to do that to the best of my ability. On a lighter note and for the record, my political views are probably a shade right of center. If that makes me a redneck, married to my cousin, bible thumper - so be it.
We were fairly distracted with the election, so the the discussion did not go very far. I think this discussion should be further extended during the next open mic.
1 of many:
First, this guy is a fairly conservative blogger. His post on Obama and his decency.
This is about Rahm Emannuel. There are many fears that he will not be bipartisan (perhaps the Dems do not need to be bipartisan now?).
the meltdown not due to the republicans alone! Lot of blame to go around!