Less Than A Week In, And Already, The Arrogance Of Power Manifests Itself
Let’s play our favorite game: What do you think the popular reaction would be if President George W. Bush tried to stare down a reporter and intimidate him out of asking a tough question, had his Administration stiff-arm the media concerning the coverage of important events–thus undermining transparency, and had his press office bungle a key off-the-record briefing? I think it is safe to say | Read More »
If you go to the Obama campaign website, you will see that they are still asking for money. And this is before Barack Obama even takes office. Imagine the arm-twisting his Treasury Department is going to do.
Scales Fall From Eyes
At last, the media is beginning to realize just how it will be treated in the event of an Obama Administration: The Obama campaign is putting a hefty price tag on the best camera and reporting positions for news organizations covering Barack Obama’s outdoor election night activities in downtown Chicago. If a reporter wants access to the file center–which will be the best place to | Read More »
Memo To Barack Obama
It’s the Internet/YouTube/24-7 cable news era. We tend to catch attempts to pander to the public: Barack Obama, campaigning in the key swing state of Florida, is seeking to capitalize on the excitement over the World Series-bound Tampa Bay Rays, telling a Tampa crowd he was “showing some love for the Rays,” several members of which joined him onstage. Only problem? Obama, a self-avowed Chicago | Read More »
It’s Open Letter Time
Dear News Media: Please explain why there is not more coverage concerning the fact that Barack Obama appears to have violated ethics laws as an Illinois state legislator. I mean, people have known about this issue since March of this year, at latest. There really is no excuse for the fact that this story has been swept under the rug for the past 7 months. | Read More »
Working The Refs
VDH writes and people ought to listen. Of course, he is quite right in pointing out that Obama has prepped the rhetorical contest so that any criticism of him is met with overwrought expressions of concern and criticism, not to mention the now-expected tut-tutting that the McCain of 2008 is not the McCain we saw in 2000. The major reason why McCain is no longer | Read More »
Dear Media, There may be violations of campaign laws going on: The Obama campaign has shattered all fund-raising records, raking in $458 million so far, with about half the bounty coming from donors who contribute $200 or less. Aides say that’s an illustration of a truly democratic campaign. To critics, though, it can be an invitation for fraud and illegal foreign cash because donors giving | Read More »
So in the debate, when John McCain pointed to a bracelet that he wears to commemorate the life of a fallen soldier in Iraq–and to symbolize his commitment to the mother of that soldier that he would make sure that troops returning from Iraq did so with honor and victorious–Barack Obama countered that he wore a bracelet too and that his bracelet-wearing was meant to | Read More »
This Is A Joke, Right?
Will Zeus be the Democratic nominee? Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s big speech on Thursday night will be delivered from an elaborate columned stage resembling a miniature Greek temple. The stage, similar to structures used for rock concerts, has been set up at the 50-yard-line, the midpoint of Invesco Field, the stadium where the Denver Broncos’ National Football League team plays. Some 80,000 supporters will | Read More »
Arrogant And Presumptuous Much?
The election is not over. Heck, it hasn’t even begun. And yet, Barack Obama seems to think that the only thing he is in for is a coronation. The American people don’t like arrogance. They are witnessing a fair amount of it from the Obama campaign. It is one thing to be prudent in preparing for a transition. But contrary to what the Obama campaign | Read More »