Monday, February 18, 2013

Imprisoned nation and captive press

Well, it looks like if you want the straight truth about President Obama from the mainstream media, you'll have to go to the ENGLISH mainstream media. Here's a link to an article in the UK's Telegraph, and see if you'll ever see a headline like that from (to borrow and old Cold War phrase about communist countries' media) our captive press.

I used to say that our media is becoming more like a Third World nation's press. I take that back: it's now more like eastern Europe's old Iron Curtain press, merely an extension of the communist state, which will print even the most ridiculous statements, unchallenged, as long as they uphold the great leader. Conversely, they will hush-hush any embarrassing or contradictory info for the same reason. Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes recently admitted that Obama is a repeated guest on the show, because "he knows we're not going to play gotcha with him, that we're not going to go out of our way to make him look bad or stupid, and we'll let him answer the question"--a rule not readily applied to George W. Bush or Mitt Romney.

I remember listening to a recording of JFK's speech during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, where he made a reference to Cuba as the "imprisoned island nation" (at this point in the speech, he was directly addressing Cuba's people). And here we are, half a century later, being transformed into our own "imprisoned nation" with a captive press, watching our constitutional rights being swept away at the behest of a true "imperial presidency" (a phrase used against President Nixon in the 60s and 70s). Will we ever wake up?

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Obamacare cartoon of the week

Too much common sense in this cartoon I just ran across: