Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Media Neglects its Journalistic Duty, Refuses to Challenge Obama

Jason Whitlock - a Kansas City Star sports columnist - recently chided the Kansas City media over its reluctance to criticize Scot Peoli, the new general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs' football team. Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday aptly noted that the article is a perfect analogy to the media's reticence in criticizing Barack Obama's socialist economic policies.

In the article, entitled "It’s OK to question Pioli and the Chiefs", Whitlock cites a local sports-talk radio host in Kansas City as a case in point to his argument:
The [host] and his trusty sidekick spent several minutes telling their listeners that we should trust Pioli implicitly and not waste emotion or energy worrying whether Pioli reveals himself, his plans or his players to the media.
Whitlock then goes on to make his point:
Supporting the new regime [of the Kansas City Chiefs] does not equate to rejecting the primary (and redeeming) role of the media.

It’s our job to acquire information and pass it along to you. Based on what we’ve seen in our first two months with Pioli, gathering pertinent and enlightening information about the Chiefs is going to be rather difficult...

Over all, we attempt to be a watchdog of those with power. When we fail to play that role, generally speaking, terrible things happen...

If we neglect our journalistic, democracy-ensuring duty to challenge Pioli, there’s a far better chance [for failure].

Unchallenged leaders are dictators and quickly turn unethical...

Pioli still needs to publicly explain [his decisions], and it’s our job to seek a detailed explanation. We shouldn’t accept a brief statement on a press release...

It’s in your best interest to demand better from us. Don’t be fooled into believing we should go away or act as a propaganda machine for some newly-elected, popular-in-comparison-to-Peterson (or Bush) leader...
Sadly, Mr. Whitlock contends that the media's coddling of Mr. Pioli is analogous to the way it treated George W. Bush. Rush chided Mr. Whitlock for making that comparison instead of noting the real and more obvious analogy, namely, the media's subservience and cowing to Barack Obama.

P.S. In case you haven't read this recent article from Fox News, entitled, "Carville wanted Bush to fail", here's an excerpt:

“On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, just minutes before learning of the terrorist attacks on America, Democratic strategist James Carville was hoping for President Bush to fail, telling a group of Washington reporters: ‘I certainly hope he doesn’t succeed’.”

Minutes later, as news of the terrorist attacks reached the hotel conference room where the Democrats were having breakfast with the reporters, Carville announced: "Disregard everything we just said! This changes everything!"

The press followed Carville's orders..., months and even years later, the mainstream media chose to never resurrect those controversial sentiments...

That omission stands in stark contrast to the feeding frenzy that ensued when radio host Rush Limbaugh recently said he wanted President Obama to fail. The press devoted wall-to-wall coverage to the remark, suggesting that Limbaugh and, by extension, conservative Republicans, were unpatriotic.

"The most influential Republican in the United States today, Mr. Rush Limbaugh, said he did not want President Obama to succeed," Carville railed on CNN recently. "He is the daddy of this Republican Congress."

Limbaugh, a staunch conservative, emphasized that he is rooting for the failure of Obama's liberal policies.

"The difference between Carville and his ilk and me is that I care about what happens to my country," Limbaugh told Fox on Wednesday. "I am not saying what I say for political advantage. I oppose actions, such as Obama's socialist agenda, that hurt my country."

"I deal in principles, not polls," Limbaugh added. "Carville and people like him live and breathe political exploitation. This is all a game to them. It's not a game to me. I am concerned about the well-being and survival of our nation. When has Carville ever advocated anything that would benefit the country at the expense of his party?"

Carville told Politico that focusing on Limbaugh is a deliberate strategy aimed at undermining Republicans. - End of excerpt -

P.S.S: I hope Carville fails..........

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