After Barack Obama’s speech last night, I was pretty disappointed in how the media was portraying “The One”. CNN’s news team couldn’t stop praising a speech which continued promising change without providing proof. For the last year Barack Obama has been discussing what he will do if he gets to be President, but refuses to tell us how he will do it. We have also seen him change his position on various issues, including public financing, gun control (twice) and various foreign policy issues (which is it Barack, is Iran a threat or not?) and I am getting sick and tired of networks like CNN covering it up. Following in the tradition, what do I see this morning when I turn on the TV to watch their report on McCain’s VP choice? “The most trusted name In news” doing a “hit job” on Governor Sarah Palin because she just gave birth to a child with Down syndrome. All I could think of was Senator John Edwards’ attack on Vice President Dick Chaney’s lesbian daughter during the last election and how CNN refused to make mention of it. I have a message for the folks at that station; Play politics fair or don’t play at all.
I have trouble watching CNN for political news lately, mainly because there is this obvious push “from the powers that be” at the top to support Barack Obama. We saw how they treated Sentaor Hillary Clinton, we saw how they completely ignored the majority of the Rev Wright story (in my opinion), we saw how they went after anyone who criticized Obama, especially Geraldine Ferraro who commented that “Barack wouldn’t be where he is now if he wasn’t black”, and now that Obama is closing in on the Oval Office, refuses to put out stories that paint him in a bad light. With the exception of Larry King, I would say that CNN reporters are being bullied into supporting the Democratic ticket. Even Anderson Cooper, who seems the most balanced on the team, hasn’t been able to voice concerns with comments made by his colleagues. This isn’t all though…
Where were CNN reporters when Bill Clinton took a shot at Barack Obama on the second day of the convention? Where were the comments on his second speech and why he didn’t continue to his assault on “The One”? Why is everyone discussing Democratic unity when the party is obviously divided? Either way you look at it, something is wrong with the way CNN is reporting the news. Back on point, the way their team handled the VP announcement today was nothing short of disgusting.
Sarah Palin, the governor is Alaska, is now officially John McCain’s running mate. This is a historic moment, this is something female voters are taking pride in, especially at HillaryClintonForum.net, and what does CNN say? The first thing they start discussing is that she isn’t experienced like John McCain or Joe Biden. For some reason, as they put it, this nullifies the fact that Barack Obama has no experience what-so-ever. Newsflash, her being one step away from the Presidency isn’t as bad as him actually being President, considering that they are complaining about experience. Also, with that said, Palin herself has seven years of executive experience compared to Obama’s zero. She was a mayor, he was a city council member, she was a governor, he was a senator, she had a position where she was in charge, a seat of power similar to that of the President, he acts like his senatorial duties get in the way of his run for President (no surprise, ever since he was elected senator, he has been looking for the democratic nomination, except last time he wasn’t experience enough to be on the ticket). Next, they also discuss her lack of foreign policy experience, touting Barack is the winner in this category again because he took at trip to Europe and lived in Indonesia during his childhood. Wrong again, especially when we take into account that Alaska borders to foreign countries, Canada and Russia. Some bloggers have said this is a moot point, but let’s take for example the Alaskan Pipeline Project. As of August 1st, the Alaskan Legislator, under the Alaskan Gasline Inducement Act, has awarded TransCanadian Pipeline a contract to build the Canadian section of the natural gas pipeline to the “Lower 48”, through the Yukon and Alberta. Logically, for this to even take place, there would have to be talks between Governor Palin’s office and at the very least, the offices of the Premiers of both the Yukon and Alberta, if not the Prime Minister of Canada’s office, seeing that this is a joint venture between two countries. On top of that, Governor Palin is one of the Republican’s authorities on energy related issues, due to this experience. Once again, Obama is nothing but talk, especially seeing that he didn’t even know Canada has a Prime Minister and not a President. Add the bonus of her experience with actual energy reform and Obama looks more and more like an empty suit. The slander doesn’t end there though, it gets worse.
Struggling to figure out who Governor Palin even is, let alone find reasons why she is awful in comparison both Obama and Biden, CNN reporters start taking short at her for having a son with Down syndrome. “Well seeing that she just gave birth to a baby with Down syndrome… I don’t see how she could possibly be Vice President”, one said, struggling to tarnish Palin’s reputation. With Obama himself viciously attacking those who are critical of his wife, how can any Democrat have the nerve to go after McCain’s running mate by criticizing her child and the Palin family’s ability to raise said child? Let me ask the parents out there with special needs children, how do you feel watching a woman going through what you are going through be abused in such a way? This tops the Edwards attack on Cheney’s daughter for being a lesbian, and in no way should be a “black mark” on Palin’s record. How can they even argue this will affect how she performs as a Vice President? I saw them “tip-toeing” around the idea that since she is the mother, she must be the sole care giver, ignoring that her husband could take on that role if she and McCain get elected. That “women in the kitchen” mentality was unhanded when they were criticizing Hillary, and just because this women is a Republican, doesn’t make this approach any more valid then it was previously. After all that I nearly lost my temper, but it wasn’t the end of the attacks.
Finally, CNN’s reporters made mention to a story which might be credible, Palin’s dismissal of a Walt Monegan. After attacking Palin’s child with Down syndrome for five to ten minutes, CNN reporters decided to run with this story. According to Walt Monegan himself, the Governor had him dismissed since he wouldn’t fire State Trooper Mike Wooten, the Palin’s former brother-in-law. Why would Palin want this to begin with? Apparently Wooten has openly stated that “he wants to destroy the Palin family” and “kill every Palin… with a F-ing lead bullet to the head” (more or less). This alone should be enough to remove this man from his post, not to mention harassment complaints by Molly McCann, Palin’s sister and Wooten’s ex-wife, and his misuse of a taser (if I remember correctly, he used it on his own step-son), but Walt Monegan refused to do so and, as he claims, was dismissed. Palin herself says that Monegan wasn’t a “team player” and didn’t fulfill the role he was hired to do, not meeting the goals set forth by her office on various counts, including troop recruitment and combating the illegal sale of alcohol on native reserves. He was offered the position to head up the Alcoholic Beverages Control Board by Palin, but refused it. With her office complying completely with Democratic Senator Hollis French’s investigation into this, I would be surprised if this was what many are claiming, especially with Palin’s record spotless and her approval rating in the 90’s, but we will see, which means CNN of all people should wait for the “dust to settlet” before declaring her corrupt. I guess “innocent till proven guilty” doesn’t apply during an election year. This in itself doesn’t even compare to what many believe will happen to Obama once Tony Rezko tells the FBI about his dealings with the Illinois Senator, so it doesn’t make sense that the Democratics would want to even raise this issue. Just like experience, highlighting this only hurts the Democrats, except if news agencies like CNN will help keep his transgressions off the table.
After all that, I will say that, as many others are saying, Palin is what Obama claims to be, a politician for change. Palin’s record shows it (challenging corruption withing the Republican Party, ousting the former governor and “cleaning up” his office), Obama simply talks about it, but if you listen to CNN, it is the other way around. When people should be happy that, at least in appearance, the Republicans are on the road to actual change, why isn’t CNN discussing her record of reform? The only mention to it was Glenn Beck’s “two cents” about Governor Palin and why he will now be voting Republican on election day. A quick five minute segment about Glenn’s thoughts and then dismissing it with a laugh doesn’t balance out the broadcasting especially after last night’s “Obama love-fest”. Once again, on a day that even Geraldine Ferraro, the first female VP candidate, is saying is historic, we find that CNN, an organization which claims to be “the most trusted name in news”, is being so underhanded and so partisan, especially the way they went about attacking Palin because her child had Down syndrome, is just awful.
All I can say is that this left a bad taste in my mouth. It was honestly disgusting to see not only that this news network was supporting one candidate, but to attack the other’s Vice Presidential pick they way they did makes me sick. If there is any justice left in America, CNN’s ratings will drop like Obama’s after the DNC “bounce” flops. With the way thing are going now, however, I don’t think it will be long before they start saying that Palin’s “lack of care” for her newborn child is worst then John Edwards cheating on his cancer-stricken wife. The worst part is that people will actually believe it…