Ronald Reagan’s adopted son Micheal and Sarah Palin had a nice mainstream get together in which they discussed high minded Jeffersonian principles, governance for the common good and solutions to the current economic crisis. Well, maybe not. Mike, like his lord and savior Bill O’Reilly keeps confusing medical care for murder and seems to think sending DVDs to soldiers is not free speech, but treason. Sarah Palin on the other hand, while lacking a cross and pile of burning wood, did your best impression of a beleaguered saint constantly on the run from some shadowy group trying to tape her mouth shut. Little Mike’s daydreams of murdering anyone to the left of Joseph Goebbels are watching a rerun of a bad sitcom for the 54th time. M’s Palin suffers from the tiresome martyr complex found among most conservatives. If someone is trying to silence her, why are her, her husband or her kids constantly being asked by the media for their opinions. Anyone dropped by your house lately to give you as much media access as the Palin family. Could someone in the media explain why Palin’s opinions warrant never ending coverage. She also bragged that she was cleared of certain ethics problems. The people that cleared her were a board of her cronies was not mentioned. I’m just one little blogger, but my hope is that M’s Palin does not shut up, except for a couple clever bloggers, no one can show off the inanity that passes for Palin’s misty colored nightmare of what government should be then Palin herself. In some ways I envy her inability to carefully reflect on issues, all that thinking can give people headaches.
Conservatives lost the last two elections. Even the over fed corporate infotainment media should be aware that Limbaugh, Newt, Coulter, Hannity and O’Reilly have huge opportunities within the media of which they are standard fixtures, to express their views. So why are people like Newt and Liz Cheney given the red carpet treatment to media access to express the latest nutball idea that pops half baked out of their mouths. Rush and Newt Are Winning
A media environment that tilts to the right is obscuring what President Obama stands for and closing off political options that should be part of the public discussion.
Yes, you read that correctly: If you doubt that there is a conservative inclination in the media, consider which arguments you hear regularly and which you don’t. When Rush Limbaugh sneezes or Newt Gingrich tweets, their views ricochet from the Internet to cable television and into the traditional media. It is remarkable how successful they are in setting what passes for the news agenda.
The power of the Limbaugh-Gingrich axis means that Obama is regularly cast as somewhere on the far left end of a truncated political spectrum. He’s the guy who nominates a “racist” to the Supreme Court (though Gingrich retreated from the word yesterday), wants to weaken America’s defenses against terrorism and is proposing a massive government takeover of the private economy. Steve Forbes, writing for his magazine, recently went so far as to compare Obama’s economic policies to those of Juan Peron’s Argentina.
The standard troll answer to this is that Democrats have Keith Olbermann’s occasional rant. The Right has their own network. Coulter gets the visiting foreign dignitary treatment at the Today show every time she writes a slim tome that consists of slightly rewritten carefully picked bits of news from Lexus-Nexus. Talking head TV doesn’t do the trick. Two opposing POVs get to growl at each other for five whole minutes. That accomplishes nothing. Its very simple, be fair. If Newt, Liz Cheney or cry baby John Boehner gets to ramble on for five minutes then Patrick Leahy, or Henry Waxman or someone from American Progress should get five minutes to make their case. The big broadcasters are still acting as though Liz( Dick’s proxy) and Newt are actually running things or pretending that the vast majority of the American public still likes the Right’s assclownery even though two elections and the polls have said otherwise. To echo Dionne, in case anyone hasn’t noticed Obama is a raging, almost irritatingly so, centrist. How difficult could it be for the Today Show, or the CBS evening news to pick up the phone and ask someone at the White House their response to the latest smear being spread by people, who in many cases – like Newt and Palin are ethically challenged.
I’m not sure what the count is on the number of times conservatives have expressed the opinion that pointing out sexism and racism is more wrong then actual sexism and racism, I drink your milquetoast.
In between the truck loads of falsehoods and feigned outrage, the Right is genuinely scared of two things: Muslims and that some Americans can retain information longer then two minutes, Media again stoke fears that Obama too close to Muslim world
Several Fox News media figures have pointed to Obama’s current overseas trip to Saudi Arabia and Cairo as, in the words of Fox News host Steve Doocy, Obama’s “Muslim apology tour,” echoing an assertion made about Obama’s European and Middle Eastern trip in April.
[ ]…However, at no point did Malkin or the hosts of Fox & Friends note that members of the Bush administration also said there are 7 million American Muslims. For instance, in a January 2007 speech, former Undersecretary of State Karen Hughes said: “As a government official, I represent an estimated 7 million American Muslims who live and work and worship side by side with us here in this great country.” Hughes repeated the 7 million figure in numerous other speeches. Neither Malkin nor the hosts of Fox & Friends gave any indication that they had criticized the Bush administration for using the same figure.
Hugh’s speech in 2006 sounded remarkably like Obama’s,
I’m humbled by the challenge that President Bush has assigned me of sharing our great American story and reaching out to the rest of the world, especially the Arab world in a spirit of friendship and partnership. This job is both a great opportunity and a great challenge; a challenge that we share. I recently met with a couple of Arab ambassadors and they made the point to me that while we face a big gulf of misunderstanding that this is not — both of them made the point to me this is not just America’s problem and it’s not just the Arab world’s problem. It’s a shared problem; a challenge that we have to address and work on together. And I believe that Arab Americans especially have a very unique and important role to play as we try to bridge this gulf of misunderstanding. (emphasis mine)
Fox and various right-wing pundits did not call Bush’s attempts, lame as they were, to mend relations with Muslim countries an apology tour, nor did Sarah Palin declare “They Lose! We Win!”