I wrote this article in, of all places, my MySpace blog last October concerning Bush-bashing. It was just prior to the election, tensions were high and emotions ran the day.
I'm posting this here for a couple of reasons, but because I'm curious about something. Every time I talk to somebody (usually my liberal friends) I get the same response as I did last year, pure unadulterated hate for the man that, like him or not, kept us safe for 8 years.
Below is the article, post away, I'm looking forward to reading the responses....
Before I begin, I have to tell you that I did not have the opportunity to enjoy the Palin-Biden Banterfest last Thursday. I was fulfilling my fatherly duty of being inundated with the drama and tragedies that befall 13-year old teenage girls who require an ungodly amount of chocolate and B-rated romance films to combat the severe depression brought on by the fact that they will, indeed, probably never get the opportunity to meet one, let alone all, of the Jonas Brothers. My daughter and six of her closest friends were over that Thursday night, and combined with the prospect of a Teachers Institute Day on Friday, well, needless to say it was all over for me.
I do have to say, however, my daughter has pretty cool friends. I've come to get to know them over the years and I can truly say that I love them all like my own even though my daughter is still, and will always be, held in the highest position. I also have to brag about one thing…I have been formally elected "The Cool Dad." The benefits of the title include: real-time actual conversations with my daughter and her friends; the ability (or should I say "permission") to drive them anywhere they want to go; and the honor of traveling to Wal-Mart to purchase the aforementioned chocolate treats. My reward? On the bottom of the list of chocolate demands, I get notes that read "LY (Love You) 2ND Daddy! Thanx!" What can I say, membership has its privileges, and I'm a spoiler.
As far as my ability to rant about the debate however, I've been reduced to watching highlights that make me long for a "SportsCenter" for politics. It would be quicker, more humorous, and I could, effectively and with haste, make the proper adjustments to the roster on my Fantasy Congress League.
But for now, back to bigger things.
The last few years I have noticed a trend in our so-called "news" outlets. Whether it's local, national, or cable news, it doesn't matter. I'm talking about observations like more airtime being devoted to one story favoring Democrats over stories featuring Republicans, always using "the mug shot" or some other "He looks like a Pekinese that was dragged by its hind legs behind a pickup truck through an open field of broken glass" picture when covering individuals with allegations levied against them, or the use of negative connotations by reporters when reporting on news topics on anything deemed not "PC." (FYI, no Pekinese was harmed during the typing of the last run-on sentence.)
For example, some statements that have really stuck out in my mind that I've heard over the years while watching MSNBC and CNN:
"Mr. Bush,"…..not President Bush, but "Mr." Bush, showing lack of respect for the position he holds;
"Bush this weekend decided to hide himself at his ranch in Crawford, Texas…" Hide??? Are you serious???
Airtime that seems like ten-minute rants on what Senator Barack Obama ate for lunch today along with his view on how George Bush is the antichrist, and then a minute or so devoted either to current President Bush related news, or what Senator McCain spoke about on the campaign trail, followed by the Democrat response;
And just today (at the time of this writing, 10/6/08) on pre-debate coverage that Senator McCain is "Against the wall," and it's "Do or die," an article on MSNBC…with the overtone, you would think McCain is all but dead.
By the way, the quotes above are not from the opinion programs, but rather they are from the actual news portions of programming.
Now I have to be honest here, the Left-leaning bias is so painfully obvious, not only on the major networks, but also on the local and cable news networks, that the only way you couldn't notice it is that you're either:
A) A left-wing or center-left wing Democrat, and this kind of reporting makes you ecstatic since it's exactly what you want to hear anyway, so why would this be an issue to you, or;
B) You've lost both your senses of touch (because you're out of it and you feel comfortable being numbed to it) and your sense of taste (because it's been deadened by excess of the left-wing version of the recipe for manna….by the way, are you still wandering around the desert? It must be awful arid out there.)
So you've probably figured it out by now, I watch Fox News. Why, you ask, would somebody subject themselves to the "Right Wing Agenda"? Well, to be honest with you, it's the only place you can accurately and without negative connotation get the opinions of both the Right and the Left, or at the very least, they give you the negatives of both.
"That's a bunch of B.S.!" you say, "They're totally on the Right and you know it!" Then maybe I should re-state the first sentence of the last paragraph…I also watch Fox News.
Listen, just because a media outlet reports on the Right as well as the Left, doesn't mean that they lean to the Right.
And here's another bulletin for you: if Fox News didn't exist, there would be no other opinions offered but the Left's, which would work out fine if everybody in the country is on the Left, but it doesn't work if you happen to believe in that pesky first amendment of the Constitution thing. I mean, it seems like the last time there was un-biased reporting was back in 1929 when people were watching FDR on TV talking about….oh, wait a minute, I think I got the dates confused….
Now, before everybody starts with the whole "I'm biased" rant, remember where I'm coming from here, I'm trying to keep this neutral, but I'm calling a spade a spade. Used in this context, another word for "neutral" would be "fair." I'm not going to go asking for outright "news programs" to offer more Right-related stories, nor am I going to ask for less Left-related stories. What is it then that I am looking for?
Facts and numbers. That's it. Facts and numbers, it's pretty simple.
If it's a news program, give me equal time for all parties involved, and then give me facts and numbers. Don't spin it, don't distort it, don't insinuate anything with it, don't dress it up and offer it to me for dinner, don't do anything to it. If it's an opinion program, I could care less what you do with it, and I really mean that. That's what Free Enterprise and free speech are for. But if it's straight out news, just give me straight out facts and numbers.
So why in the flying foul filth do I watch Fox News, who everybody tells me leans to the Right, if all I want is facts and numbers? Here's why:
1. Again, they're the closest media outlet that there is to getting information from both Right and the Left, and here's the key words, at the same time;
2. I also listen to WBBM AM radio (Chicago) for my news during the day while I'm driving (except during the Dennis Miller show on WIND AM 560 between 9am and noon. That guy is hilarious.) It's a CBS radio station, and yes, they tend to lean to the left. (On a personal note, when I say "driving," my regular job is outside material handling consultant work and I'm on the road constantly. So there you have my daily balanced input of information.)
I really do hear it from both sides on a regular basis, so I believe that I am quite qualified to render this opinion based on overall listening experience alone.
So, what does all of this ranting about Left wing media have to do with Bush-bashing or, as I've also heard, Bush-whacking? Media bias feeds into the Left's idea that every single issue this country is having is due, in part or in whole, to President "W."
This is not only untrue, it's not fair.
Now, we can get into the whole dissection of every single problem, and there are many, that the good people of the U.S. are experiencing line item by line item. Some are due to Bush, some are not. My previous blog showed evidence and logic that, with regards to the current state of the economy, blame is to be set on both sides. This is true and accurate. Nobody holding office in any branch of our government is truly innocent here.
There is a reason that extremely low approval ratings are not just haunting our President, but also our current Democrat-controlled Congress. If you want to know what would happen if Democrats held all of the power by the way, one only needs to look to our own State of Illinois and the disaster that is beheld here. I mean, for the sake of Pete, take any Democrat in this state and you can make a good case why the symbol of the party is a jackass.
But when all that the Democrats can do is to take a program, statement, or suggestion that George Bush makes, find out what the opposite point is, spin it, and then state in so many words that our President is a moron, then it becomes like a true to life version of Monty Python's Argument Clinic without the punch lines. Automatic nay-saying is not an intelligent argument, it's just contradiction. (No it isn't; Yes it is; And that wasn't five minutes just now.)
Sometimes I find myself listening to the Democrats making statements like "the failed policies of the Bush Administration" or "George Bush and his war-mongers" or "George Bush is out of touch" or this or that, and I half expect Nancy Pelosi to next address the Congress starting out with "I stubbed my toe this morning….DAMN THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION!!!" It's getting beyond ridiculous.
You just simply can't blame George W. Bush for everything. Let's try to remember some things, like a majority of the Democrats went along with Iraq in the beginning. And don't give me that "Bush lied" crap. Because if you actually do your homework, you may discover that it's possible we didn't have all of the information because the Democrat-controlled in Congress in the 70's passed legislation that greatly curtailed our ability to spy on our enemies. Forgot about that one now did we? Well, before everybody goes off on that one, we'll save it for the next blog on Bombs in Baghdad.
"Bush screwed up the economy!" Well, there's a large section devoted to that in my last blog. Although I admit, I've only scratched the surface of the blame that belongs on both sides.
Last week, Nancy Pelosi went on a tirade that stopped just short of blaming Republicans and the Bush Administration for everything from the smell of scorched popcorn to the fact that Wal-Mart doesn't sell "Pop Rocks." I mean, the obscurity of it all amazes me and I'm pretty sure it's designed to keep Americans in a fog that resembles a bad trip on the Jerry Garcia Express.
What do we do? How can we discover the truth about what actually happened? Who invented "Pop Rocks" and why? My friends, the answer is obvious, and it is simply this: research.
Yep, that's it. Nothing fancy-schmancy. No great words of wisdom here. Just simply, research.
There's an internet out there that contains sites of factual, non-biased dates and times and information. Look them up. Find them. They're out there, I promise, just stay away from the conspiracy websites, they tend to neglect that whole "fact" thing.
If a story appears in either the newspaper or other media outlet that seems out to get somebody, regardless of who, don't form your opinion based on the judgments, views and attitudes of that particular publisher or source, especially if they seem to lean one way or the other…..go get the frickin' facts.
More importantly, watch or listen to two different sources for your news that offer two different perspectives on the events of the day. Get the whole story from both sides. That's how opinions are made.
Riddle me this: if judges in this country only heard from the side of the prosecution in a criminal case, wouldn't you imagine that you would have to build a bigger prison, perhaps the size of the entire west coast, or maybe from the Colorado River all the way to the Pacific?
The people in this country need to understand that we have a majority of news providers that have been proven to be leaning left, a few leaning right, and fewer still that hold right in the middle. Do not be led like zombies. Refuse to be told what to think.
"Well, if CNN says it, then it must be true." Um, how about "Not really."
"But MSNBC says blah blah blah." Wow, wasn't Keith Olbermann on ESPN before?
"But Fox news says they're fair and balanced." I say trust, but verify.
Have you ever actually read a newspaper retraction? The size of the retraction story does not even compare to the size of the sensationalized story that actually did the damage.
We live in a world of remote controls and drive-thru windows. Everything is fed to us, and our lives are based on convenience. We as a people have become lazy, complacent, and content in our own little worlds. "Do our own research?" you say. "Are you kidding me? That takes time and energy! My kids are driving me nuts, my job is a bear, and trying to keep up with the yard work alone is taxing the Colombian coffee supply!" My response? Honestly? Blah, blah, blah.
DO YOUR RESEARCH!!! GET BOTH SIDES AND THEN DECIDE!!! YOUR COUNTRY AND YOUR KIDS ARE TOO IMPORTANT NOT TO DO IT!!!
There are people in power in this country who would have you believe that either party is the source of all that is evil in the world. The fact is both parties have screwed up at some point in time and even now. You can't tell me that former President Clinton's improprieties were appropriate and becoming of a President. You can't justify not getting Saddam the first time to me. You can't tell me that entitlement programs work. Abortion is not an "all or nothing" issue like some on the Right believe (another blog, another time.)
…and you can't make me believe that George W. Bush is the antichrist.
Don't believe Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, or any other Democrat when they tell you that either. Besides being from California, what else do you really know about House Speaker Pelosi's work and policies while she was just another Rep from "The Land of Fruits and Nuts?" Name three things she had done when she wasn't Speaker of the House without looking it up, right now. I'd be willing to gamble that unless you're from California, you wouldn't be able to come up with anything right away.
Do you really know Charles Schumer's take on the economy versus entitlement programs? How about this one: Name three good things George W. Bush did. If you can't, then you're a victim of the media, and they've done their job. Somebody holding office for 8 years had to have done something right; it's just too illogical to find nothing.
Blaming Bush for everything from the economy to the bent springs on little Jimmy's Slinky is not just bizarre unreasonable and ludicrous, it's also unfair.
So, all you "Bush can't do anything right" believers out there, be warned. You're going down the Socialist path in a hurry, you're being led to the slaughter, and there are people out there counting on the fact that you're just too busy to find the whole truth.
Ok, I'm done now. I'm breathing normally, I'm relaxed. Downtime is good, but I have to go write another letter.
"Dear Nick Jonas, concerning my lack of sleep due to a sleepover, my daughter is interested in meeting you……"