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Newspaper Bias or is McCain Just A Bad Writer?

In Election 2008, GOP, John McCain, Media, Politics on July 22, 2008 at 6:24 am

An essay piece written for the New York Times by John McCain has been rejected by the newspaper. The piece, about his policy on the war in Iraq, was written by Sen. McCain in response to an op-ed piece that the NyTimes published last week by Sen. Barack Obama. Is this media bias (the NY Times is widely known as being a liberal paper) or does McCain just need help with his writing?

From CNN.com:

In an e-mail to the McCain campaign, Opinion Page Editor David Shipley said he could not accept the piece as written, but would be “pleased, though, to look at another draft.”

“Let me suggest an approach,” he wrote Friday. “The Obama piece worked for me because it offered new information (it appeared before his speech); while Senator Obama discussed Senator McCain, he also went into detail about his own plans. It would be terrific to have an article from Senator McCain that mirrors Senator Obama’s piece.”

In a statement released Monday, The New York Times said it is “standard procedure on our Op-Ed page, and that of other newspapers, to go back and forth with an author on his or her submission.”

“We look forward to publishing Senator McCain’s views in our paper just as we have in the past. We have published at least seven Op-Ed pieces by Senator McCain since 1996. The New York Times endorsed Senator McCain as the Republican candidate in the presidential primaries. We take his views very seriously,” the statement said.

McCain’s rejected op-ed was a lengthy critique of Obama’s positions on Iraq policy, particularly his view of the surge.

“Senator Obama seems to have learned nothing from recent history,” wrote McCain, criticizing Obama’s call for an early withdrawal timeline. “I find it ironic that he is emulating the worst mistake of the Bush administration by waving the ‘Mission Accomplished’ banner prematurely.”

Obama’s July 14 essay had taken shots at McCain for not further encouraging the Iraqi government to take control of the country.

“Instead of seizing the moment and encouraging Iraqis to step up, the Bush administration and Senator McCain are refusing to embrace this transition — despite their previous commitments to respect the will of Iraq’s sovereign government,” Obama wrote in his op-ed.

The article goes on to say that McCain will not change his essay or policy on Iraq to meet the demands of the NY Times. Guess he’ll just have to submit it to Guns And Ammo for now. 😉

Read McCain’s rejected piece

Read Obama’s essay

Read the rest of the story here.


Remembering Tim Russert

In Media, news, Political News, Politics, Television on June 15, 2008 at 11:17 am

As the moderator’s chair was left empty this morning, colleagues and friends of Tim Russert gathered in front of his desk, remembering a great contributor to journalism and the media. Tim Brokaw hosted the remeberence on the set of Meet The Press, while James Carvell, Mary Matalin, Mike Barnicle, Betsy Fischer, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Gwen Ifill shared similar stories and tears about Russert’s career and life. Maria Shriver was there via satellite.   

Everyone agreed (even Matalin who wept every now and then and at a few points, held hands with her husband) that Russert was not only hard, but fair. Stories about his love for Buffalo, sports, family, music, work, and his Irish Catholic background were accompanied with video and photo images. Flags are even being flown at half-mast in Buffalo today.

As I look around the Web this am and see the various blogs and opinion pieces that are being posted, I have read many that are surprisingly crude and disrespectful. Some have said that there has been too much coverage about Russert’s death and that enough was enough. Others see him as being nothing but a “muppet to the media.” I think what these bloggers and web journalist are forgetting is the fact that with Russert’s discussions and coverage on Sunday mornings, he set the agenda for the remaining week for political banter, including banter from us. Best example? The ton of posts that have been written about him since Friday. 😉 

Russert set the example of a good journalist. He had said that it was the responsibility of the journalist to study and know his guests, then take the opposite side to get to the heart of what the public needs to know. James Carville said that one of the things Russert hated most was when his guests showed up unprepared. To Russert, this was not only an insult but a reflection of how that guest’s lack of preparation inferred that they did not take his show seriously.

Russert has said that Sunday mornings were like a “town hall” where people could gather around their television sets and hear the answers to questions that politicians reluctantly answered. Maria Shriver said that she saw firsthand the fear that guests would exhibit, citing examples of her conservative husband and liberal uncle as they too prepared to appear on Russert’s show. They understood the importance of being on Meet The Press.

So as you go about your daily Sunday activities, hopefully getting ready to celebrate Father’s Day, remember that Russert was a father too – not only to his own son, Luke, but also to all of those he mentored in the studio, in the relationships he made, and to all of us in front of the television screen.



As to my point above about Russert leading the political discussion for the week, we can see that even in death, he has accomplished this. Thank you Tim Russert.











News to Clinton: You Can’t Win

In Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Democracy, Democrats, Election 2008, Hillary Clinton, Humor, Media, news, Politics, Television, Uncategorized on May 8, 2008 at 2:29 pm

As Jimmy Kimmel and his panel of political experts the Worst Political Team on Television give their opinion on Clinton still winning the nomination, others have deemed that it’s over.

CBS News is only one of many media outlets that is calling the Democratic nomination. On yesterday’s evening news and their opinion section from the New Republic, expectation of Clinton winning the nomination is close to zilch when looking at her delegate or popular vote count.

Dan Payne of the Boston Globe agrees stating, “Hope is all she has left.”

Sam Donaldson also calls the race.

Bill Clinton, on the other hand, states that Hillary CAN win… sounds like someone needs a math lesson 😉

This video is from CBS news and includes commentary from former Dean Howard campaign manager, Joe Trippi:

Bill Clinton and the Voodoo Doll vs. “Race Card” Defense on Radio

In Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Democracy, Democrats, Election 2008, Hillary Clinton, Humor, Media, Political Humor, Politics, Talk Radio, Uncategorized on April 22, 2008 at 9:38 pm

Listen to Bill Clinton defending past remarks about Sen. Obama playing the race card, not himself. Be sure to listen to the very end…former President Clinton thought he had hung up the phone. You can hear him saying, “I don’t think I should take any sh** from anybody on that, do you?” obviously speaking to someone in the car or room where he was calling from.

After hearing Bill Clinton on the radio today (taped radio interview from the 21st) I needed some humor. Sooo…

This is from 2006 but still fun to watch! Enjoy 🙂

I wonder if Hillary is planning on using one of these…

McCain is Banking on Obama’s “Bitter” Remark

In Election 2008, Media, news, Politics on April 14, 2008 at 2:40 pm

Wow. If thisisn’t flooding the blogs and new media this afternoon. McCain’s campaign jumped right on the heels of Sen. Obama’s “elitist” comment last week to head a new campaign strategy.

From an email sent to Sen. McCain’s supporters entilited, “A bitter America?”:

If Barack Obama is the Democrat nominee in the general election, the American people will have a clear choice between two different visions – Senator Obama’s liberal, elitist philosophy and John McCain’s faith in the small town values that continue to make America great. John McCain will not forget them or write them off. Neither should Barack Obama.

We are up against a large fundraising hurdle if Barack Obama is the nominee and we need your help now. Even before the general election begins, the differences are clear, we must do everything we can to make sure these beliefs don’t make it into the White House.

The fundraising email was sent out to encourage America to keep such an “elitist” out of the White House. What about Hillary’s whiskey “chugging” (that’s not how you take a whiskey shot!) and beer chaser antics at an Indiana bar on Saturday? Next McCain’s campaign will be attacking that alcoholics don’t belong in the White House either.

Don’t you just love dirty politics???

Blogger Protection Act of 2008

In Blogs, Censorship, Congress, Constitutional Rights, Internet, Media, Technology on April 8, 2008 at 11:42 pm

So I’m a week late and a dollar short. I was doing research tonight for my thesis “Political Blogs: Are they an influence in the political realm?” that I’m presenting this week (don’t worry, just the final touches for any last minute breaking news) and I stumbled upon this. I was aware of talks about the bill last month but I’ve been so up to my eyeballs in thesis work that I’d forgotten all about it.

On April 3rd, the “Blogger Protection Act of 2008” was introduced by Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX). The bill would protect bloggers from strict campaign finance regulations.

What does this mean? Bloggers and their blogs would have the same protections granted to other forms of media under federal campaign finance laws. Additionally, they would have the same First Amendment rights as those in traditional media. (Just don’t get paid by their campaign to blog!)

The legislation also protects bloggers from ever being considered to have made a contribution or expenditure on behalf of, or in opposition to, a candidate by simply linking to campaign websites or writing about the positions of federal candidates.

Another advancement for recognizing bloggers as the “citizen journalists” they (we?) are! You may recall the decision in favor of DailyKos last September. The ruling stated that the elite Liberal Political Blog did not violate the Federal Election Campaign Act and any campaign finance law.


From Rep. Jeb Hensarling’s website:

Two years ago, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) issued regulations that protected bloggers from being hampered by certain campaign finance laws. Under these regulations, bloggers cannot be considered to have made a contribution or expenditure on behalf of (or in opposition to) a candidate simply because they link to campaign websites or write about the positions of federal candidates. Additionally, blogs are treated as any other publication under the general media exemption from most campaign finance restrictions. Without such protections, bloggers could be subject to various limitations and reporting requirements under campaign finance law.

But these blogger protections are just regulatory—they are not in statute. As you may know, regulations can be changed without congressional action, and there’s no telling what a future FEC might decide to do. Furthermore, the FEC is currently defunct because of vacancies and a lack of quorum. Therefore, we shouldn’t put the freedom of bloggers in the regulatory hands of the FEC. Congress should protect them in law.

That’s why next week I’m introducing the Blogger Protection Act of 2008—to put the FEC’s regulatory protections of the freedom of bloggers into law.

If you want to support the bill, you can download this pdf file from Comparative Politics and send it to Congress. HURRY!

Blogging is Hazardous to Your Health

In Are you kidding me?, Blogs, Media, Technology on April 7, 2008 at 8:00 am

Seriously…weight loss or gain, sleep disorders, exhaustion from blogging? Sheesh. I’m glad that I’m just a nobody who doesn’t get paid to do this…

As for blogging being the cause of stress and even death in these individual’s lives, substitute blogging for any other job like let’s say, a surgeon, air traffic controller, or even a mother of three year old twins and this story wouldn’t even be making the news rounds.

Here’s a piece from the full story at the NY Times:

They work long hours, often to exhaustion. Many are paid by the piece — not garments, but blog posts. This is the digital-era sweatshop. You may know it by a different name: home.

A growing work force of home-office laborers and entrepreneurs, armed with computers and smartphones and wired to the hilt, are toiling under great physical and emotional stress created by the around-the-clock Internet economy that demands a constant stream of news and comment.

Of course, the bloggers can work elsewhere, and they profess a love of the nonstop action and perhaps the chance to create a global media outlet without a major up-front investment. At the same time, some are starting to wonder if something has gone very wrong. In the last few months, two among their ranks have died suddenly.

Two weeks ago in North Lauderdale, Fla., funeral services were held for Russell Shaw, a prolific blogger on technology subjects who died at 60 of a heart attack. In December, another tech blogger, Marc Orchant, died at 50 of a massive coronary. A third, Om Malik, 41, survived a heart attack in December.

To be sure, there is no official diagnosis of death by blogging, and the premature demise of two people obviously does not qualify as an epidemic. There is also no certainty that the stress of the work contributed to their deaths. But friends and family of the deceased, and fellow information workers, say those deaths have them thinking about the dangers of their work style.

The pressure even gets to those who work for themselves — and are being well-compensated for it.

“I haven’t died yet,” said Michael Arrington, the founder and co-editor of TechCrunch, a popular technology blog. The site has brought in millions in advertising revenue, but there has been a hefty cost. Mr. Arrington says he has gained 30 pounds in the last three years, developed a severe sleeping disorder and turned his home into an office for him and four employees. “At some point, I’ll have a nervous breakdown and be admitted to the hospital, or something else will happen.”

Some advise for the “working” bloggers of the world, take a vacation and destress. It’s just a job like everyone else’s. At least you are getting paid to do so. Would you rather be broke and without work?

Texas State Convention This Weekend Amongst Talk Radio Host Controversy

In Are you kidding me?, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Democracy, Democrats, Election 2008, GOP, Hillary Clinton, Media, Politics, Rick Noriega, Talk Radio, Texas Politics on March 28, 2008 at 1:11 am

From About.com

As I put on my delegate running shoes for this weekend’s state convention, I will hope and pray that it goes ten times smoother than our state caucus did.

I have been in contact with the TX State Democratic Party and confirmed that indeed I am on the list as a delegate. The fiasco that we endured on March 4th left me wondering.

I have also signed on to volunteer for Rick Noriega’s Senatorial Campaign and will be out spreading the word about Lt. Col. Noriega’s accomplishments as a United States Serviceman, TX House Representative, and where he stands on the issues that Texans are concerned with. Make sure you stop on by his website and get to know him. It’s time to get rid of John Cornyn.

With my Rick Noriega for Senate sticker on, my comfortable shoes, and proud Democract smile, I’ll be there amongst all the other Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama supporters. I’ll let you guess who I’m voting for.

Now there are some that are trying to stir up controversy, maybe because their hungry or having relapses of previous addictions, or whatever, but to make it sound like this is the first time that a voter has crossed party lines to screw things up for their true party, just isn’t so. I know of a certain individual that crossed his party line to vote for the opposition not too long ago. In fact, in January, Daily Kos (liberal blog) urged readers in Michigan to vote for Mitt Romney in the GOP primary for similar reasons. So this is nothing new. GET OVER YOURSELF.

Just be frank, you cross party lines because you’re either pissed off at who your party has elected as your presidential candidate or you didn’t have a decent array of presidential candidates to choose from. Yes, there is the fact that you don’t want the opposing party in office, but it’s the satisfaction of trying to corrupt the opposing party’s votes that motivate you. This gives you permission to lie and deceive.

Ahhhhh… true democracy 😉

“Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.”–Robert Byrne.

Yes, you may be making an impact, but I am too. The difference? I’m doing it truthfully and honorably. I am from the Left and an example of a Liberal and a Democrat. Oh wait, you said:

“Everybody is going on and on and on about Mrs. Clinton, surprised that she is a liar. I said yesterday, “Why should this surprise anybody? The Clintons lie.” It isn’t that we know she lies, but don’t all liberals lie? Not necessarily in their personal lives, but liberalism is an ideology built on lies. It doesn’t work, it cannot work, and yet liberalism requires the making of false promises and the breaking of promises, so all liberal politicians lie because liberalism is a lie.”


Hmmm…liberalism ideology is an ideology built on lies. I think you have your facts backwards. Put down the crack pipe, hero sandwich and prescription medications and look up the history and meaning of liberalism. But hey, what does Stanford know? Obviously those in talk-radio know all. Do you use Conservapedia as a resource on a regular basis? Very scholarly!

But whatever huh? I’m just a part of what you refer to as the “Drive-Bys” or “Liberals.”

Anyway, I refuse to let my blood boil because I believe I am above that. I’m just proud to be a part of this election and have the opportunity to be a delegate. I’m also proud to be a supporter of a true American, who serves his country and never disrespects his soldiers.

But I’ll be sure to keep my eye out for those “operatives” that are “under the radar.” Covert operation. Ha!

As I lay down tonight, I will remind myself that I am a liberal. To put it simple terms for you, “anything that is not conservative.”

So put that in your crack pipe and smoke it.

One last personal note:

What would I know anyway? I’m only educated and happily married (yes, only once and not 3 times) to a military service member. I didn’t flunk out of college and my husband went through boot camp with a broken hand. I guess having some kind of pimple on your rumpus constitutes not serving your country.

Bravo to Thomas F. Schaller for his piece called “Microphone Marines” in the October 10, 2007 edition of the Baltimore Sun.

Is Geraldine Ferraro A Racist?

In Barack Obama, Democracy, Democrats, Election 2008, Hillary Clinton, Media, Politics on March 11, 2008 at 9:39 pm

Geraldine Ferraro and Hillary Clinton

Tempers and words were flying today on both sides of the Democratic candidate camps. While the focus should have been on the Mississippi primary, statements were issued from both Sen. Clinton and Sen. Obama about a recent statement that former 1984 VP candidate, Geraldine Ferraro made.

From the AP:

In a brief interview with The Associated Press, Clinton said she regretted Ferraro’s remarks. The Obama campaign has called on the New York senator to denounce the comments and remove Ferraro from her unpaid position with the campaign.

Last week, Ferraro told the Daily Breeze of Torrance, Calif.: “If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept.”

She also faulted a “very sexist media” in the historic race between a man bidding to be the first black president and a former first lady seeking to become the first female president.

In the AP interview, Clinton said, “I do not agree with that,” and later added, “It’s regrettable that any of our supporters — on both sides, because we both have this experience — say things that kind of veer off into the personal.”

“We ought to keep this on the issues. There are differences between us” on approaches to issues such as health care and energy.

Ferraro is a former New York congresswoman and was Walter Mondale’s running mate when he was the Democratic presidential nominee in 1984. She has endorsed Clinton and raised money for her campaign.

Obama called Ferraro’s comments “patently absurd.”

“I don’t think Geraldine Ferraro’s comments have any place in our politics or in the Democratic Party. They are divisive. I think anybody who understands the history of this country knows they are patently absurd,” he told the Allentown Morning Call.

Obama senior adviser David Axelrod said Ferraro should be removed from her position with the Clinton campaign because of her comments.

“The bottom line is this, when you wink and nod at offensive statements, you’re really sending a signal to your supporters that anything goes,” Axelrod said in a conference call with reporters.

A defiant Ferraro dismissed the criticism in an interview with Fox News. (see video below)

So is Ferraro a racist or is she merely stating the truth that no one wants to admit? While anyone can stand there and argue that race and gender is not an issue in this election, I ask you to look at the droves of people turning out to vote in this election. It’s not an issue of blacks voting for blacks or women voting for women, but an issue of electing a history making president in a role that has been dominated by white males since our forefathers. Let’s say Sen. Clinton and Sen. Obama were not the presidential candidates but rather John Edwards and Dennis Kucinich. Would we still see the record breaking turnouts at the polls as we are witnessing? NO. You know it and I know it. We may be sick of the current Bush Administration but the fact that the nomination is now between an African American and a female IS AN ISSUE OF RACE AND GENDER. Like it or not, admit it. We may not head into the polling booth with race or gender on the mind, but it IS there subconsciously. I would hope that the majority of voters are going to the polls with issues and agendas as the main focus for our choice, but we wouldn’t be standing in line for hours if those two white male candidates were on the ticket.

I am currently taking a Politics and the Media course and I have learned a lot more about bias in the media than I ever cared to know. Now it could be that we are only hearing sound bites that the gatekeepers of the media want us to hear, (just look at past political sound bites) and it could be that Ferraro merely spoke before thinking. Either way, I don’t condone what she has said but is what she said intent or interpretation?

Remember, this IS politics and as the horse race gets tighter, words will get nastier.

Here is the video from FOX News:

Jack Nicholson Endorses Hillary Clinton

In Barack Obama, Democracy, Democrats, Election 2008, Entertainment, GOP, Hillary Clinton, Media, Politics, Television on March 3, 2008 at 7:52 pm

And the entertainment endorsements keep rolling in! Here’s the latest:

Jack for Hillary

“There’s nothing sexier than having to salute a woman in the morning.”

And remember these?

Chuck Norris and Mike Huckabee

Arnold Schwarzenegger and John McCain

and a Multitude of Celebrities for Barack Obama