As the most recent scandal surrounding ACORN grows, it begs the question of “will they or won’t they?” As in, will Barack Obama and the mainstream media decide that it’s in their best interest to “throw ACORN under the bus”?
Things haven’t been going so well for either of them lately, and the ACORN scandal presents them with an opportunity to try and gain a little credibility.
The “mainstream” media continues to take a beating with steadily declining readers and viewers, and many media companies are in (or on the verge of) bankruptcy all over the country.
They have allowed themselves to become so invested in certain groups and politicians that they have forgotten their jobs – that thing they are supposed to do to attract readers and viewers and earn money – and now they are going down the tubes.
Obama’s in a similar situation. After taking office in what seemed like a coronation, accompanied by high public approval ratings, he has spent much of his time pushing policies that many who supported him have found to have little resemblance to the “hope and change” they thought they voted for. As a result, his numbers have been heading south. Fast. read more »
Gibson = Sgt. Schultz?
Doing his best impersonation of Sergeant Schultz, Charlie Gibson did a radio interview for WLS AM in Chicago and just blew everyone away with the fountain of knowledge that you would expect a network news anchor to have about one of the biggest stories in the country.
From the interview via Fox:
Don: Ok here’s my question, Senate bill yesterday passes cutting off funds to this group called ACORN. Now we got the…we got that bill passing, we got the embarrassing video of ACORN staff giving tax advice on how to set up a brothel with 13 year old hookers. It has everything you could want corruption and sleazy action at tax funded organizations that’s got government ties. But nobody’s covering that story why?
Charlie Gibson: (laugh) I don’t even know about it. Uh, so you got me at a loss, I don’t know. Uh, uh, but, but My goodness if it’s got everything including sleaziness in it we should talk about it this morning.
Roma: This is the American way…
Charlie Gibson: Well maybe, maybe that’s one you just leave to the cables.
Roma: Well I think that this is a huge issue because there’s so much funding that goes into this organization and it’s a multi…
Charlie Gibson: Well, I know we’ve done some stories about ACORN before but uh, uh this one I don’t know about.
Here's a roundup of some of the media coverage from "Day Two" of the Sotomayor hearings...
(I think the bottom line so far is that the GOP still hasn't taken this one as far as they should, despite the fact that she is likely to be confirmed.)
The Politico: PULLING BACK THE CURTAIN: The Communications Center of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has set up a rapid-response operation that fired off seven documents yesterday in real time as the hearing. Amanda Henneberg has booked 25 TV interviews with GOP senators in the first couple of days of hearings. (Playbook, Politico 7/14/09)
The Politico: PLAN OF ATTACK: A Republican Senate source lays out the GOP game plan for Day 2 of Sotomayor, saying they’ve set up a rapid response plan with multiple releases, GOP senator interviews and questions about Sotomayor’s “incomplete or unsatisfactory answers” Today’s focus will be pushback on her “fidelity to the law” remark from her opening statement, GOP sources say. Regardless, it’s going to be hard to bloody Sotomayor unless there’s a smoking gun. (The Huddle, Politico, 7/14/09) read more »
...is she qualified?
The wonderful folks who bring you public broadcasting are conducting an online poll asking whether or not you think Sarah Palin is qualified for VP. CLICK HERE and cast your vote...then pass it on.
Here's what I have learned from the American media:
1. Barack Obama should be the first black person elected to the presidency - that's good. It's destiny.
2. Barack Obama has plenty of experience to be president. His "community organizing" and less than 1 term in the Senate has thoroughly prepared him to be president despite his lack of foreign policy experience.
3. John McCain is going to die in the next 4 years. Count on it.
4. If John McCain is elected president, Sarah Palin is going to assume the office in the next 4 years. That's a catastrophe. read more »
Little doubt that she can, but should she come out swinging?
Those who are familiar with Sarah Palin know all too well that the very last thing you should do to her is underestimate her. It has been noted that throughout her career within the realm of Alaska state politics, Palin has left a long trail within her wake, consisting of those who have discounted her toughness and resolve. read more »
From the "sun came up in the east" department...
Conservatives remain scarce in the news media landscape.
Only 6 percent of the national press corps describe themselves as "conservative" in a population that includes reporters, editors and producers from major television and radio networks, daily newspapers, news wires and online sources.