Posted in Media Military Politics

Is the press politicizing Medal of Honor ceremonies?

I almost didn’t post this, but it wasn’t sitting well with me at all.

As I researched the coverage of Sergeant First Class Jared C. Monti’s posthumous Medal of Honor ceremonies, I couldn’t help but notice that the press made Barack Obama the focus rather than SFC Monti’s heroic sacrifice. Many stories had Obama in the title, the lede, and even images of SFC Monti in Afghanistan were named after Obama, not the man who gave his life for our freedom.

President Barack Obama posthumously awards Army Sgt. 1st. Class Jared C. Monti from Raynham, Mass., the Medal of Honor for his service in Afghanistan, to his parents Paul and Janet Monti, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)   Original Filename: Obama_WHCD124.jpg
President Barack Obama posthumously awards Army Sgt. 1st. Class Jared C. Monti from Raynham, Mass., the Medal of Honor for his service in Afghanistan, to his parents Paul and Janet Monti, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

I hoped that the press followed the same procedures for Medal of Honor ceremonies during George Bush’s tenure in office, but news searches of Bruce Crandall (living) and Michael Murphy (posthumous) revealed that the press’ focus was on the recipients, not President Bush.

I hate to bring this up when we should be celebrating SFC Monti’s life and sacrifice (and I thank God that this country produces sons like Jared C. Monti), but such events are NOT opportunities for politicians to increase their approval rating. I would like to give this administration and the media the benefit of the doubt, but the media long ago abandoned any sense of objectivity regarding this president.

Please, let’s keep the focus on the sacrifice of Jared C. Monti, his family, and the men and women of the armed forces who willingly sacrifice everything in order to defend our freedom and Constitution.

Posted in Media

Dianne Sawyer: Continuing in the Footsteps of Cronkite

The Media Research Center has compiled a report that exposes ABC News’ future anchor Dianne Sawyer’s political bias. As evidenced in the report, ABC’s viewers will be treated to more soft-soaping of our enemies, more globalist propaganda, and more proof that the profession of journalism is dead (Walter Cronkite would be proud).

As we learned from CBS’s apologists with the drop in viewers following Katie Couric’s promotion, any drop in ratings will not be due to America’s disgust with the political activism by the network – it will be because ABC’s audience are Sexist! As Rush Limbaugh says (and I paraphrase), “media is the only profession in which the customer is always wrong.”

Remember that ABC is the network that aired an Obama infomercial from the White House, with no rebuttal from the Republicans.

Surely John Podesta’s Center for American Progress will compile a report addressing the “Structural Imbalance of Political Coverage in Journalism.”

Posted in Media Politics

Update: More on Obama’s Media Gag Order

Douglas Hagmann appeared on the Laurie Roth radio show with Judi McLeod to discuss the gag order on Obama’s eligibility. The talk show host that was about to go on air discussing the matter of Obama’s eligibility (as found in the Constitution), but was threatened by his producers.

Hagmann said that his investigation traces back to Obama’s innermost circle of people.

The Roth Show (August 7)

Hour 1 | Hour 2 | Hour 3

Posted in Media Politics

Media Gag Order on Obama Eligibility?

Douglas Hagmann from Northeast Intelligence Network and Judi McLeod from Canada Free Press have proof of a “well orchestrated cover-up” involving Barack Obama’s eligibility to serve as president.

The Northeast Intelligence Network and Canada Free Press are in possession of extremely sensitive investigative documents, including a stunning written admission by a nationally known talk show host stating that he was threatened with his career – or worse – should he talk about the issue of Barack Hussein Obama’s birth records to a national audience.

This is not about whether Obama is eligible to be president, this is about the media being threatened not to discuss the issue. 35 years ago, Richard Nixon resigned for something very similar.

Posted in Baseball Media

AP: Obama’s a Jock

In case you didn’t know, this is what passes as journalism at the AP (emphasis mine):

[Obama has] spent his adult life in big cities — New York, Chicago and, now, Washington. Basketball, golf, and bodysurfing are how this jock rolls. Indoor daily gym workouts are the norm.

How this “jock” rolls? I don’t know how he rolls, but I remember how he bowls: a very non-jock-worthy 37. And afterwards he had the audacity to make fun of special olympians.

Isn’t this the same jock that threw out the first pitch to the All-Star Game? The Fox Network cameras were positioned so that they would not show the actual pitch. MLB cameras however did show the entire pitch. Albert Pujols was positioned on top of the plate, rather than behind it, and the ball still hit the ground.

Not quite what I would call a jock, but I am not an active duty member of the White House Press Corps, either.

From my AP Style Manual (the only thing written by the AP worth the ink):

mn_obama_bowlsjock Used when describing athleticism of Democratic presidents.
See Barack Obama.

Posted in Media Society

Un-Ed-ucated

MSNBC commentator Ed Schultz (whom I have never heard of previously) took to insulting Americans opposed to Obama’s socialist healthcare policy (video here).

ED SCHULTZ: Oh, there’s a lot going on.  Tonight: it’s an uprising! Angry old white folks are storming into town halls all across the country spewing lies about health care reform.  Let me set the record straight early on: these folks, I think, they’re dumber than Joe the Plumber.
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SCHULTZ: Mr. President, you have the people behind you. I’ve done enough of these [town halls] to know that there’s a fraction of Americans out there who are, you know, the old right wing, they’re playing on the old, angry white uneducated misinformed Americans to go out there and carry the torch in the Republican party right now.  To shake it up to defeat.  That’s why they use “failure.” This is how they’re trying to generate it!

We must be pretty effective if they are attacking us in this manner.

Can you imagine the fallout if Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck talked about liberal protesters (think ACORN) in this manner? Networks would be apologizing, pressure would be put on advertisers to pull from the shows (and a few always seem to), and in Rush’s case, Congress would get involved.

If a Fox News host said that “poor angry black folks with ACORN are once again using mob-style tactics and spewing their lies…”  the program would end right there, and so would the career of the host. There might be race riots. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that it would be the end of Fox thanks to government action. But this Schultz clown gets away with insulting people who exercise their constitutional right to assemble peaceably?

Specifically what “lies” are we “old, angry white uneducated misinformed Americans” spewing, Schultz? Always attacking the messenger, but never the message.

Posted in Media Politics

Is the Media starting to wake up?

On Wednesday, Obama was pitching his socialist healthcare program in a town hall meeting when a cancer patient told her story of her difficulties under the current system. After an emotional Debby Smith described how she was unable to get treatment or hold a job, Obama hugged Smith and told her he would do what he could to help “immediately.”

Our prayers for a full recovery for Smith.

The Associated Press has outed Smith as “a volunteer for Organizing for America, Obama’s political operation within the Democratic National Committee” who “obtained her ticket through the White House.”

Philip Klein writes at the American Spectator:

The town hall meeting itself was highly orchestrated — with a small number in attendance and online questions being screened by the White House.

[…]

During the session, Obama received questions from an advocate of a socialized, or single-payer health care, a representative of the liberal activist group Health Care for Americans Now, and a member of the Service Employees International Union.

Even veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas was upset with the White House propaganda, telling Press Secretary Robert Gibbs that Obama’s  “formal engagements are pre-packaged.”

Gibbs was already being questioned by CBS correspondent Chip Reid when Thomas chimed in. Before being interrupted by the press secretary – who was clearly mocking the 89-year-old correspondent – she said “I’m amazed at you people who call for openness and transparency.”

“What the hell do they think we are, puppets?” Thomas said in an interview with Cybercast News Service.

“Nixon didn’t try to do that,” Thomas added. “They couldn’t control (the media). They didn’t try.”

Posted in Media Politics

Santelli on Tea Parties

CNBC “Squawk Box” co-host Joe Kernen asked Rick Santelli – who may have given birth to the Tax Day Tea Parties in an on-air rant Feb. 19 – what he thought of the “cultural phenomenon” he inspired.

“I don’t know about cultural phenomenon, but I’ll tell you what,” Santelli said. “I think that this tea party phenomenon is steeped in American culture and steeped in American notion to get involved with what’s going on with our government. I haven’t organized. I’m going to have to work to pay my taxes, so I’m not going to be able to get away today. But, I have to tell you – I’m pretty proud of this.” Santelli also defended the tea parties from attacks from MSNBC, who called the movement “astroturf.”

“I think from a grassroots standpoint, I’m sure some of the media out there is not going to peg it that way, but isn’t it about as American as it gets – for people to roll their strollers and make their signs and go voice their opinion about the direction of the country?” Santelli said. “Good, bad or indifferent – that’s a great thing. There’s not a lot of countries, of course, that afford their people that, that type of right. It’s a great thing.”