I am a blatant news junkie. I consider myself the Amy Winehouse
commenting on political blogs. From the local Dallas Observer to the Huffington Post, I can hardly let a day pass without putting in my two cents and more. Many right wing blogs will censor a poster right off the bat if you are in disagreement with them. Others will kick your ass off for using verbiage like “kick your ass off”. I love living in the world of the blogosphere. It is slightly more effective than talking back to the television. One difference between myself and most net rooters, as we prefer to be called, is that I use my real name have never hide behind a alterna-name.
The blogosphere up until recently has been divided into two huge camps that include the right wingers and the liberals. However, Barack Obama has thrown the proverbial monkey wrench into the world of left leaning blogs. They are divided between the “Clintonistas” and the “Obamamaniaca”.
If Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were figure skaters, I would give her a 9.87 and him a 9.85. They are both awesome and each can skate circles around George Worthless
Bush and John McCain
. I would be happy with either as President and ecstatic if they could work out a VP deal. My slight lean towards Clinton has and being so vocal about it has been the reason I have become a pariah in the progressive world of blogging.
In my house, the TV is always on and tuned to a CNN
, CSPAN and even sometimes Fox
. I became a self appointed media watchdog when I watched journalist become total wimps around George W. Bush and the lead up to the war in Iraq. I cringed as a journalist became more Jeff Gannon and less Helen Thomas. In my opinion, the mainstream media is just a culpable of leading us into a unnecessary war as Bush and Cheney
A couple of months ago, I started noticing that the media was jumping on the Obama bandwagon. At first, I was thrilled to see that they were not allowing the right wing begin a Swift Boating process on Senator Obama. However, for every positive comment made about the Senator from Illinois, I noticed 3 or 4 negative comments about the former First Lady or in many cases, just Mrs. Clinton. Quickly it became what I perceived to be an all out media assault on anyone with the last name of Clinton.
From an objective point of view, it was interesting to watch the chattering class carefully spew their venom in selective verbiage and voice tone. Suddenly, as if a memo was sent around that it was open season on the Clintons, the media no longer even tried to disguise their disgust for this family.
I had always heard that the media and the Clintons have had a hate/hate relationship. One example is John Avarois from AmericaBlog
talked of meeting with the “Clinton machine” to try and heal the rift between the two camps. Evidently, Mr. Avarois had lunch with Bill Clinton himself, yet a deal was never made. With no deal to be made, AmericaBlog turned full force against the Clintons and thus becoming pro Obama.Chris Matthews
, who I understand once was turned down for a position of Press Secretary for Bill Clinton makes no attempt to hide his contempt for Hillary, going so far as to suggest that the only way she became Senator is because people felt sorry for her for her because Bill Clinton had an affair. The bashing has now reached an epidemic level. If you don’t believe me, turn on one of the cable news outlet and within ten minutes you will see someone suggesting that Hillary should get out of the race, the amount of mistakes she has made, how she personally help lead the country into war, how she is groveling for votes, and her supporters are abandoning her left and right.
The minorities that she and her husband have supported in the past have left her for the new kid in town and find it necessary to trash her as they defect. Then Mrs. Clinton made the biggest mistake in her political career. She called the media elite on their shit.
Even though the facts backed up her complaints, you can’t win a war with those who own the all the ammunition. Everyone from Tucker Carlson
, Wolf Blitzer
, Lou Dobbs
, John King
, Dana Bash, and Tim Russert
have gone out of their way to defend this as something that Hillary Clinton has created in her own head. Even the most extreme Obamamaniac must admit that, at the very least the coverage has been slanted.
I don’t enjoy watching the media bully some and give others a free ride. Mike Huckabee
has made statements that are offensive to everyone, including women and the GLBTQ. He wants to Constitution to include parts of the Bible, yet due to his ability to deliver a one liner; the media has fallen all over itself to give him positive news coverage, just like they have done with George W. Bush. In addition, it goes without saying that the minute that Senator Barack Obama gets the nomination, the media will turn on him in a New York minute. Why? Because the mainstream media depends on the corporate tax breaks that are provided to them by a Republican owned and operated government.
So while it is cool to be a cheerleader, it is more important to be an advocate for all Democrats. The Clinton’s are not our enemy. Our enemy resides in the White House. It is possible to support and far more advantageous to support your Democratic candidate of choice without trashing the other.
Let us dream about a “dream ticket” that might include both of these qualified candidates to end the nightmare that we currently have.
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