Just turn off the damn news and read a good book.

January 17, 2009

What to know what’s wrong with America? Lets’ start with Fox News and MSNBC.

Honestly, I can’t think of a more divisive invention than television. Oh sure, in the hands of a good writer, producer and actors - television can be a viable source of entertainment and information. But, gone forever are programs with depth and meaning. They have been replaced by corporate America which utilizes so-called “News” programs” as vehicles to deliver all too often anti-family or anti-American messages. Most of television news today is simply a springboard for the far right or far left agenda/propaganda.

The worst of the lot: Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow.

I would add a couple of other names, but you can’t call it “honorable” mention, because like the aforementioned gang of six, they have no honor. This would include Lou Dobbs and Ann Coulter. To balance these two hell hounds, I offer the entire news team at CNN. Calling CNN a news anything is a stretch since most of the time, strip away the fluff and it is really only “infotainment.”

The shrill, biased, poisonous venom spewed by these clowns makes me want to go outside, kick the dog and retch.

Just one example:

The right’s drum beating includes Obama’s inauguration “to cost $160 million.” Oh really? Where did that figure come from? In comparing the Obama production to the soon to be, former President Bush’s inauguration, is it apples to apples? Or, is it actually apples to oranges? If you picked the latter, you would be correct.

Final cost for the inauguration won’t be in for months, and the oft-mentioned $160 million figure includes security which is not included in often quoted, George W. Bush $45 million affair. Yet, the egregious disinformation is a staple at Fox & Friends in advising viewers about how “much more” the Obama affair is costing taxpayers. Fox knows what they are broadcasting is both journalistically and morally wrong. However, it serves their political agenda to cast the in-coming president in a negative light even before he takes office.

Get ready for Rush Limbaugh to soon announce “Day 1460 - America held captive!” Get ready for a double daily dose of smear from the far right. Anything for ratings. Leave no lie, or slanted news story un-thrown.

Of course, the left’s gnashing of Bush has been relentless for years. Keith Olbermann, the one with the double chin so they seldom show him from the side, lists all of the alleged Bush sins over and over – going to war, not telling the truth, torture, the economy going south, Hurricane Katrina, and failure to grasp the global warming warnings. To listen to Olbermann and his henchmen one would assume that we have been living under a king instead of a president.

I just wish that someone would point out to MSNBC that for the past two years, the Democrats have controlled congress. All spending bills originate in the U.S. House of Representatives, not the president. Then, these bills have to be approved by the “House of Lords” or as it used to be call, the U.S. Senate.

As for the current economic mess, the undeniable truth is that Democrats such as Maxine Walters, Barney Frank and John Conyers advocated a “House for every American.” They fought every attempt to avoid the calamity of the sub-prime housing and pillared any critic who dared question the wisdom of loaning money to people who couldn’t to make their home payments. (So, now those of us who work hard and make our payments, will have the honor of paying for those who couldn’t.)

Still, according the to far left, it’s all George’s fault. The mayor of New Orleans sat on his ass for years and did nothing to fix the levees around his city. He provided no leadership before the water fell, or after his city had drowned. And yet, it was all George’s fault.

I am proud to be a registered independent voter. I made a New Year’s promise not to waste a moment of my time listening to either side’s vile attacks on each other. It is apparent that they would rather score political points that tell both sides of the story. They are intellectually unwilling or incapable of letting the viewer, listener or reader know just the unbiased facts. I suspect these self-appointed guardians have all arrived at the same conclusion – Americans are all too stupid to make up their own minds and therefore, must be “educated” (lead by the nose) to a certain political view of things which of course, is their way of viewing things.

I say “A pox on both your houses.”

In closing, make no mistake, Bush made a lot of terrible decisions. Often, he surrounded himself with less than honorable or incompetent people, just as Bill Clinton, Bush Sr. Ronald Reagan, and Jimmy Carter. I predict Obama will suffer from the same.

To his credit, under Bush there were no additional 9-11 attacks on U.S. soil. I pray that we can say the same in four more years. And, given that the CIA, MI6 (British intelligence) and even the KGB (Russian intelligence network) all agreed that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, Bush did the right thing. Had we not gone into Iraq, and Saddam or his proxy’s used those weapons on us, Bush would have been guilty of “dereliction of duty” as Commander in Chief. And naturally, MSNBC would be viciously attacking Bush for his failure to properly guard the country.

As our next president prepares to take office, he faces numbing challenges. I hope for my children’s sake that he and his team are up to it. But, we need as a country to come together and give the man and his vision a chance. It is in everyone’s best interest to do so. Abe Lincoln once noted, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Today’s media zealots are doing everything that they can to do just that – divide us.

Sadly, if they win, America loses.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. gwen  |  January 18, 2009 at 5:56 am

    Hi Bob,
    You said it - the things that are said in the interests of pundits making a living!

    By the way, check out http://www.independentvoting.org - the home of independent voters (who are not a party). Independents will be meeting at a national conference on Sunday, Jan. 25 in NYC, 5 days after the inauguration. If you’re interested in attending, contact me .

  • 2. Rocket  |  January 19, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    I can’t believe I actually read this. It was like getting a note in class. But I have to admit that I feel exactly the same way. And, unfortunately, I have to admit that you do have a knack for journalism. I’ll give your name to CNN


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