Liberal media? Fair and Balanced?
If all of our media outlets fall into one of the above categories, then how do you explain the following items that have been ignored or barely covered by the media?
In part III of McBushed! (My homage to Keith Olbermann’s nightly segment Bushed!) we look at news items from the John McCain camp that received little or no coverage. That barbeque really paid off, huh, John?
Let’s jump into it, then.
Social Security has been a mainstay in our country since FDR. It is designed for the elderly, who have worked their entire lives, to be able to retire during their golden years. Of course, the Republicans don’t like that.
When Bush won reelection in 2004, he said: “I have political capital. I intend to spend it.” He then proceeded to try to convince Americans and Congress to privatize Social Security. Fortunately, he failed in that attempt. Can you imagine what would be happening to our retirement funds if we were managing them ourselves? – First, the dot com bubble burst, now the real estate bubble. How’s the banking industry doing lately?
Now McCain is at it – following again in Bush’s footsteps of bad policy.
“Americans have got to understand that we are paying present-day retirees with the taxes paid by young workers in America today. And that’s a disgrace. It’s an absolute disgrace, and it’s got to be fixed.”
That is the essence of Social Security and has been that way since it began. Current workers contribute into a fund that provides financial assistance to present-day retirees and disabled Americans. He is calling Social Security ‘an absolute disgrace.’
These words didn’t come from a surrogate. They came from the candidate himself. But he won’t have to tap dance out of it since the media has ignored it.
He uttered this lunacy at the Denver Debacle Town Hall July 7th but these words were hidden thanks to the ‘McCain = Bush’ sign, the veteran’s question to McCain challenging his record on Veterans affairs and possibly the McCain friendly media.
‘An Absolute Disgrace’. [Head shaking in disgust at McCain & the media]
Balance the budget by winning wars-gate
July 7th was a busy day for the McCain campaign. They also released their economic policy. He announced that he will balance the budget by the end of his first term. Really? How would one manage to accomplish this?
“In the long-term, the only way to keep the budget balanced is successful reform of the large spending pressures in Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.”
“The McCain administration would reserve all savings from victory in the Iraq and Afghanistan operations in the fight against Islamic extremists for reducing the deficit. Since all their costs were financed with deficit spending, all their savings must go to deficit reduction.”
How much publicity did this receive? Try finding this at a major news site. If McCain is so proud of his economic policy, why was this not covered by the media?
“Victory in the Iraq and Afghanistan operations!” Are you kidding me? Didn’t he say that we could be there for 100 years? Does he really think the second he is sworn in as president that Iraq and Afghanistan will surrender?
If this had any merit, we’d be hearing how great this policy is on Fox News. So what are they saying about it? [crickets]
McCain was in Albuquerque on Tuesday, July 15th speaking at a town hall. “I know how to win wars. I know how to win wars,” as if saying it twice will convince himself and others. I know McCain wasn’t trying to support his economic plan but attempt to differentiate himself from Obama. I just picture him stomping his foot as he said it.
Later on in the town hall, McFlipFlop read two different Obama quotes regarding Iraq that in a sound bite world contrasts each other. Next McCain followed with: “My friends, flip-floppers all over the world are enraged. It gives new meaning, it gives new meaning.”
Need I say more?
GI Bill-Gate (Not to be confused with Microsoft founder, Bill Gates)
Back in April, McCain opposed Senator Webb’s GI Bill.
In May, John McCain was a no-show for the voting of the bill which passed.
After the vote, McCain stood behind his opposition of the bill saying that it would be a disincentive for service members to become noncommissioned officers.
When President Bush signed the bill, which he opposed along with McCain (surprised?) he said the following:
“I want to thank members who worked hard for the GI Bill expansion — especially Senators Webb and Warner, Graham, Burr, and McCain. This bill shows the American people that even in an election year, Republicans and Democrats can come together to stand behind our troops and their families.”
Here, our president is thanking a person who opposed, refused to show up for the vote for and later criticized the bill. He credits McCain for his hard work and bipartisan effort.
Now McCain is criticizing this bill for not going far enough.
I’m not sure this is just a flip-flop. What is maddening is the lack of attention this timetable received in the media.
If Obama was seen chewing gum in April and then said that he didn’t chew gum in July, we’d be watching him on the news chewing away around the clock.
Where is the media???
If Obama had endured a week like McCain had last week, we’d be wondering if Hillary Clinton was still interested in the nomination.
What could distract us this week? We are now in our fourth day of the New Yorker cover-gate.
A free pass should only last so long. Maybe it’s time for Obama to throw the reporters a barbeque.
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