Monday, September 21, 2009

Motes and Beams #3,689

"The easiest way to get 15 minutes on the news or your 15 minutes of fame is to be rude. ... That's something that I think needs to change," Obama said, lamenting the habit of "plucking out a sentence here or a comment there."

First of all, Obama has been on every TV station every day since he became President, whenever he wanted, free. Now that's a bully pulpit.

Secondly, all the big US media outlets other than Fox are pro-Obama, and can be counted on to put out any PR puffs the White House wishes them to.

Thirdly, from 2001 to 2009, there was a constant barrage of rudeness, from Code Pink to Hillary Clinton (who pretty much told General Petraeus he was lying to her). Nobody said they couldn't say what they wanted to say, although many many people including me made judgements about those people based on what they said. Even BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome) was not deemed beyond the pale as far as political comment was concerned, although many (including me) saw it less as political comment than borderline psychosis.

Lastly, plucking out a sentance or a comment here or there is EXACTLY what he and Nancy Pelosi do when making their swingeing judgements about the Tea Partiers, Town Hall attendees and congressional Republicans. In many respects Obama is much worse than selective- he has said repeatedly that the Republicans have no health reform policy to counter his, which is a blatant lie.

As usual, the Democrats who accuse are the worst transgressors. For shame.

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