Monday, January 26, 2009

Same Media - Different Candidate

It has only been four short years since we went through our political process and elected our president. We have not changed that much and most of us, with few exceptions, haven't changed our views that much. The people who report to us and inform us apparently have. I want you to look at the post inaugural headlines from four years ago and then read the ones from our most recent election. Do you notice any obvious bias?

"Republicans spending $42 million on inauguration while troops die in unarmored Humvees."

"Obama spends $120 million on inauguration; America Needs A Big Party."

"Bush extravagance exceeds any reason during tough economic times."

"Historic Obama Inauguration will cost only $120 million."

"Fat cats get their $42 million inauguration party, Ordinary Americans get the shaft."

"Citibank executives contribute $8 million to Obama Inauguration."

The salient message delivered by our fair and impartial press this election;

"Everyman Obama show America how to celebrate."

I cannot argue with the last headline. All of Hollywood turned out to rub shoulders with the man they supported. Every ball was an opportunity for Obama to further cement himself as a real person by actually showing those who voted for him he was in fact real. Just because he came out of nowhere with records sealed and alliances uninvestigated, carried no weight with many Americans because he was elected president. It was his night. But here is a headline you may not have seen;

"Obama Snubs Nation's Heroes, Becomes the First President to Skip Ball Honoring Medal of Honor Recipients in Over 50 Years."

I guess, like the national anthem, the Medal of Honor winners were just a little too bellicose for his image.

In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress. - John Adams