The old saw of a liberally biased media is so cliché that it is actually accepted as common knowledge. So much so that a recent poll of the American Public reveals that 60% of us don’t trust the mainstream media. The problem is severe and a danger to the fabric of our United States since the large media outlets have two important features: 1) a large audience 2) and agenda to push a very progressive agenda of collectivism. The local culprit is the Tampa Bay Times which has a great deal of influence and grew it with its so called “politifact” piece which is more accurately labeled “politihack”. The latest example of media hypocrisy is the soft treatment (or complete lack thereof) they will give to the Obama Campaign for insulting women today, as done by Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter (Above).
A perfect example is the way the media continues to do all it can to ignore the abysmal and dangerous record of President Barack Obama while doing everything it can to attack Mitt Romney and degrade his credibility. Case in point: “the 47% comment”. Mitt Romney offered a factual statement that 47% of Americans are not likely to vote for him because of the government largesse they receive and the lack of taxes they pay. While he may have been impolitic and politically ham-fisted, he is also likely correct. In fact, 47% is about where Obama has continued to poll for re-election. Yet, it is likely you will not hear more than a peep about the insulting comment regarding women from Obama’s deputy campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter (yes, she is a woman by the way). On an NPR interview aired yesterday Ms. Cutter stated that woman are “not really concerned about what’s happened over the last four years, they really want to know what’s going to happen in the next four years.” Will we see the endless headlines, the endless editorial references, news specials, pop culture references and the rest on the insulting statement that women are completely ignorant and care-free regarding the last four years? Will we see the same treatment of the Obama administration on this point as we have of the “47%” statement? Of Course not. That is the chief way the main stream media defends Obama: they simply ignore all the negative comments and issues or find excuses to explain it away. It is an insult to the American people and thankfully the new media is catching up. There will come a time, hopefully sooner than later, when outlets like “the Blaze”, “Breitbart” and others will buy up the mainstream outlets and start producing a more balanced news product. They will work to be the true “fourth estate” that will be used to provide actual transparency and accountability to our government so the government can truly be “of” the people and not “over” the people. (continued below)
Will the Main Stream media ONLY start to WANT to hold the government acocuntable when they are being hauled off by Brown Shirted police for daring to exercize their First Amendment Free Speech Rights? By then it will be too late and they will lament how they propped up the incredibly dangerous President named Barack Obama.
To prove this point further, a Google search of “Stephanie Cutter Women” reveals that not a single traditional media outlet (major city newspapers, network news) comes up as reporting this story on the first splash page. The search “Mitt Romney 47%” reveals nearly every top ten hit to be a main stream media outlet. Finally, when will the media start reporting, or even ask questions about any of the failures of Obama? Why is the debt up nearly $6 trillion when he promised to cut it in half? Why are health insurance premiums up $2,500 when he promised to have them down $2,500 at the end of his first term? Why is median income down, why are fewer people working? What about the very dangerous things he has done? Like failing to protect Americans at the Libyan consulate and then blatantly lying about the events for a week after words and continuing to mislead Americans on the facts? Like assassinating Americans without a Trial (Al-Awaki), attacking Libya in violation of the war powers act and the Constitution, suing to keep the “indefinite detention” provisions of the NDAA? Will the main stream media EVER work to reveal these truths about this very dangerous President? Will they analyze the facts to reveal that Americans will lose even more liberty and fall into more decline and war if Obama is re-elected and report it? Don’t hold your breath. After all, the mainstream media worked to elect Obama and they will only realizing re-electing him was a mistake when the brown-shirted thugs are showing up to arrest them for free-speech as they did to the maker of the recent You Tube “Innocence of the Muslims” video recently?
Maybe this list of broken promises and contradictions to Obama’s 2008 nomination acceptance speech could serve as a useful starting point for some honest reporting by the mainstream media…. (originally posted on the Sun Beam Times on 9/6/12)
Obama 2008 Acceptance Speech (Red) and
Analysis (Black) with references.
We meet at one of those defining moments, a moment when our nation is at war, our economy is in turmoil, and the American promise has been threatened once more.
Our country is still at war in Afghanistan, building a military compound in Iraq larger than the Vatican (Huffington Post), went to war against Libya without Congressional approval (The Progressive), sent troops to the Congo without Congressional approval (ABC News)and now launches drone attacks all over the globe against anyone it deems a danger (the Atlantic), even killing an American citizen without a trial (Huffington Post).
Our Economy is still in turmoil with massive unemployment, massive government debt, the value of the dollar plummeting, more people than ever on food stamps, median income falling, the price of gasoline skyrocketing and American businesses struggling.
The American promise is threatened once more by endless war and economic turmoil.
Tonight, more Americans are out of work …
Under President Obama 2012, 23 million Americans are now out of work and unemployment is 8.3% after he promised it would be down to 5.5 million by now (Washington Times).
America, we are better than these last eight years. We are a better country than this.
But we are not better off after four years of Barack Obama than we were when we started. We are worse off and we ARE a better country than this that DESERVES better!
This country is more decent than one where a woman in Ohio, on the brink of retirement, finds herself one illness away from disaster after a lifetime of hard work.
Under Obamacare, Americans earning $46,100 will be forced to pay $8,904 out of pocket to pay for health care if they get sick and still have their care rationed and access to many doctors and hospitals denied. (Sun Beam Times).
We’re a better country than one where a man in Indiana has to pack up the equipment that he’s worked on for 20 years and watch as it’s shipped off to China,
Mr. Obama used stimulus money to ship jobs to China, Finland and elsewhere. He gave over $500 million from taxpayers to a failed Solar venture, Solyndra.
We are more compassionate than a government that lets veterans sleep on our streets and families slide into poverty…
The American Poverty Rate is the highest now since 1965 at 15.7% (Associated Press) with 1 in 6 Americans in poverty.
The number of veterans living in poverty has nearly doubled to 1.4 million from 2007 to 2010 with another 1.4 million barely above the poverty line. (U.S. Congress, 2011)
He (John McCain) said that our economy has made great progress under this president. He said that the fundamentals of the economy are strong.
President Obama Continued to tout a non-existent American Economic Recovery, despite all evidence to the contrary (USA Today). In 2010, he bragged of a non-existent “Recovery Summer” and his administration later denied they bragged of the “Recovery Summer” (Washington Examiner).
And when one of his (McCain’s) chief advisers, … said that we were just suffering from a mental recession and that we’ve become, and I quote, “a nation of whiners.”
President Obama must feel the same way since he stated that our economic recovery is poor because Americans have “gotten a little soft” (U.K. Daily Mail).
How else could he propose … not one penny of tax relief to more than 100 million Americans?
Mr. Obama just mandated hundreds of millions of purchases for high cost, low value health insurance for Americans. He has taxed cigarettes, tanning beds, income and health benefits. (Americans for Tax Reform).
How else could he offer a health care plan that would actually tax people’s benefits,
Obamacare explicitly taxes “Cadillac insurance plans”, medical devices, places taxes on health benefits from health savings accounts, certain community hospitals and more through Obamacare. (Americans for Tax Reform).
…or an education plan that would do nothing to help families pay for college,
or a plan that would privatize Social Security and gamble your retirement?
The Social Security fund is going bankrupt as the trust fund is raided by the President’s big spending projects and he stated in July 2011 “I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on August 3rd if we haven’t resolved this issue. Because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it.” (Forbes).
The Social Securty Disability Trust fund is projected to run out of cash in 2016 (Washington Post).
…. he’s subscribed to that old, discredited Republican philosophy: Give more and more to those with the most and hope that prosperity trickles down to everyone else.
The President gave Solyndra over $500 million, wasted billions on “shovel ready projects” that did not get done, and has mandated Americans transfer hundreds of millions a year to private insurance companies for health insurance.
We measure progress by how many people can find a job that pays the mortgage, whether you can put a little extra money away at the end of each month so you can someday watch your child receive her college diploma.
Foreclosure rates were up 47% in March, 2012 and predicted to keep rising this year. (MSN Real Estate).
We measure progress in the 23 million new jobs that were created when Bill Clinton was president…
Under President Obama 2012, 23 million Americans are now out of work and unemployment is 8.3% after he promised it would be down to 5.5 million by now (Washington Times).
When Bill Clinton Started as President, 10 million Americans were unemployed. Under President Obama, 23 million are now unemployed.
… when the average American family saw its income go up $7,500 instead of go down $2,000, like it has under George Bush.
American median income dropped $3,600 from 2009 – 2012 under Obama (Huffington Post).
Family net worth is now down to levels in the early 90’s. (New York Times).
In the face of that young student, who sleeps just three hours before working the night shift, I think about my mom, who raised my sister and me on her own while she worked and earned her degree, who once turned to food stamps,
The Number of people on Food stamps in America has skyrocketed, up 70% since 2007. (The Heritage Institute).
…I think about my grandmother, … She’s the one who taught me about hard work…. She poured everything she had into me.
On a famous interview on ABC he advised that a woman’s grandmother who needed a pacemaker or a hip should be subject to bureaucracies that would deny those treatments as too costly and instead focus on “end of life care”. (ABC NEWS)
So — so let me — let me spell out exactly what that change would mean if I am president.
Change means a tax code that doesn’t reward the lobbyists who wrote it, but the American workers and small businesses who deserve it.
The heavy and regular stream of lobbyists into the White House is well known. (Washington Times).
Campaign fundraisers called “bundlers” are active Washington Lobbyists and are raising millions of dollars for President Obama (New York Times).
You know, unlike John McCain, I will stop giving tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas, and I will start giving them to companies that create good jobs right here in America.
Obama’s Job council is packed with corporate reps that outsource (Huffington Post).
Obama gave millions of tax dollars from the stimulus to companies who outsource jobs overseas! (CNS News)
I’ll eliminate capital gains taxes for the small businesses and start-ups that will create the high-wage, high-tech jobs of tomorrow.
The Capital gains tax was not eliminated for small businesses, only for certain investments before 2010. (Politifact).
I will — listen now — I will cut taxes — cut taxes — for 95 percent of all working families, because, in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle class.
The President cut payroll taxes and not income taxes on “workers”. This removes contributions required to fund Social Security and further endangers that program. (Politifact). The money came from the Stimulus and was borrowed from the Federal Reserve by printing money, which will lead to inflation and further hurt the poor.
And for the sake of our economy, our security, and the future of our planet, I will set a clear goal as president: In 10 years, we will finally end our dependence on oil from the Middle East.
The President has interfered with drilling for oil in America (Washington Post), stopped the Keystone Pipeline that would give us Canadian instead of “Middle Eastern Oil”, gave $2 billion in Stimulus money to drill in waters off Brazil (Courier News) and Venezuela is taking over Cuban drilling operations in the Gulf that Obama tries to prevent for Americans (Fox Business).
(McCain) has said no to higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars, no to investments in renewable energy, no to renewable fuels. I’ll make it easier for the American people to afford these new cars.
The President has raised mileage standards on cars to 53.4 MPG by 2025 which will make cars unaffordable for many Americans and less safe and less functional. Cars will cost an additional $3,000 more each at that time. (Cars.com)
And I’ll invest $150 billion over the next decade in affordable, renewable sources of energy — wind power, and solar power, and the next generation of biofuels — an investment that will lead to new industries and 5 million new jobs that pay well and can’t be outsourced.
Fisker Auto received a $500 million loan Guarantee from Obama, closed its U.S. plant and built the electric cars at its plant in Finland. (CNS NEWS).
If you have health care — if you have health care, my plan will lower your premiums. If you don’t, you’ll be able to get the same kind of coverage that members of Congress give themselves.
Health insurance premiums will go up to $14,100 per year for a family of four from $12,000 before ObamaCare (Sun Beam Times).
Obamacare attempts to place about 16 million people on Medicaid, a program with denied care, rationing, long wait lists and worse outcomes. This is not the program that members of Congress use. (Heritage).
And — and as someone who watched my mother argue with insurance companies while she lay in bed dying of cancer, I will make certain those companies stop discriminating against those who are sick and need care the most.
Insurance companies have more power than ever to deny care under Obamacare. For instance, they can follow government created “efficiency” guidelines to stop spending on patient care and then use HMO tactics to deny care more effectively than ever. (Sun Beam Times).
The story about Barack Obama’s mother is false. The health insurance company reimbursed her expenses without argument according to her Biography by a New York Times Reporter. The story grew to a bigger myth that she died when insurance companies refused to cover her care.
…even after we learned that Iraq has $79 billion in surplus while we are wallowing in deficit…
The Federal Debt reached $16 trillion during the week of September 3, 2012 when President Obama 2012 was receiving the nomination for a second term. The debt grew by over $1 trillion per year. The Debt under Obama has grown $5 trillion in LESS than one term and grew about $4.89 trillion in TWO terms with President Bush. (CBS News).
As commander-in-chief, I will never hesitate to defend this nation, but I will only send our troops into harm’s way with a clear mission…
President Obama went to war against Libya without a clear mission and without Congressional approval (The Progressive); he sent troops to the Congo without Congressional approval (ABC News) or a clear mission.
I will also renew the tough, direct diplomacy that can prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and curb Russian aggression.
Iranians are closer to ever to nuclear weapons.
Russian aggression is alive and well and bigger than when President Obama took office. (American Thinker).
And I will restore our moral standing so that America is once again that last, best hope for all who are called to the cause of freedom, who long for lives of peace, and who yearn for a better future.
President Obama has embraced a philosophy of collectivism and state-centered power where rights come from the government and not from God. He has rejected the idea of an America based on individual success and freedom. (Weekly Standard).
…one of the things that we have to change in our politics is the idea that people cannot disagree without challenging each other’s character and each other’s patriotism. The times are too serious, the stakes are too high for this same partisan playbook.
President Obama has routinely attacked political opponents with enemies list and speaks of taking out political opposition. His political team routinely attacks people who disagree on policy as racists. He routinely attacks Mitt Romney personally and his campaign has labeled him a felon, a murderer, a tax-cheat and a corrupt business man. He has challenged Mitt Romney’s patriotism in campaign ads. (Commentary magazine, Twitchy)
And that’s to be expected, because if you don’t have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare voters. If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. You make a big election about small things.
The 2012 President Obama seems to be doing nothing but waging a campaign of negative attacks and false accusations, breaking this key promise that attracted voters to him in 2008. (Lou Dobbs).
Change happens — change happens because the American people demand it, because they rise up and insist on new ideas and new leadership, a new politics for a new time.
President Obama has done nothing but use old policies that have failed for decades. Policies that were first tried with Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt. His policies are not new ideas. His politics are not new politics. His ideas and politics are of the oldest variety and have had predictable results: they have failed America.