Of Swoons and Hatreds

February 5, 2008

As I watch the Presidential campaigns, I do not need to be overly prescient to recognize that the media–the grand impartial deliverers of factual news–is swooning over Obama and full of vitriolic hatred toward Clinton.

This makes it very difficult for somebody like me who wants to make judgments based on fact rather than the media person’s biases. The problem with swoons is that they make you unconscious and incapable of thinking, leave alone, clear thinking. The problem with hatreds is that they render you blind.

As the swooning-over-Obama, Clinton-hating blogs and MSM continue their disservice to the public, only one conclusion is possible–read/view/listen to as little news as possible before you make a voting decision.

Sorry State of Women

January 17, 2008

Too often, “underprivileged” is associated with the Black community. And with good reason. What often gets missed out is the status of women. On NPR’s program called The Story which Dick Gordon runs out of North Carolina, one of the women who programmed the world’s first computer, the ENIAC, was interviewed. She described how she and another women programmer had slogged to program the ENIAC for its first demonstration. After a very successful demonstration, the men folk went off to celebrate, and the women were left behind without any explanation or remorse. That was 60 years ago.

How far have we progressed now? See this video on NY Times to understand what is happening in South Carolina–the hairdresser wants a “strong man to protect her”, and “men are stronger presidents than women.” I’d like to vote for Hillary Clinton, just for this–to give people who make such comments and indulge in women-putting-down actions (like the spittle-spewing Chris Mathews and the gotcha-hatchet man Tim Russert) a tight slap in the face. Just what the folks in NH did.

It Takes a Heckler….

January 17, 2008

It was shameful to see Tim Russert and Brian Williams at the Democratic debate in Las Vegas last night. If there was any doubt in anybody’s mind as to the low level the media occupies, how it wallows in the filth of political dirt, and how it splashes in that scum, and throws it all over the general viewing/reading public, Russert and Williams deftly dispatched it. Clinton and Obama had made it clear the previous day that they had “inadvertently” let their campaigns bring in the “race” element, and that they were going to eschew this needlessly divisive topic going forward.

But, no! Russert, the gotcha, attack-dog of journalism could not let it stay. He had to paw in the filth and Williams, like an eager puppy wasn’t far behind. The first few questions were all about “race” and it was to their credit that both Clinton and Obama refused to be drawn into that kind of conversation.

Till the bold heckler called “Emperor’s new clothes,” though, Russert and Williams would not let go. And these are supposed to be the best journalists we have? What a shame ! What a disgrace to that noble profession!

Winners in today’s debate: The Heckler

Losers: Tim Russert and Brian Williams

John Edwards, I think, is convinced that he will not win the nomination and that Obama will. Thus, his blatant and desperate attempt for the Vice Presidency as he seeks to publicly align himself with Obama. It started with the debate in New Hampshire when he surprised Clinton. Then again over the weekend he tried to jump on Obama’s side in the unnecessary war over MLK and all that.

However, this will hurt Obama badly in at least two ways.

First, in debates, it will look like the two men are ganging up on the only woman. The perception that Edwards has fostered of himself in this campaign as an angry attack-dog will not help matters Obama. In fact, all it will do is spur a “circle the wagons” instinct in women. This obviously happened in New Hampshire when you compare the women’s votes between Iowa and NH.

Second, this weekend, Edwards, campaigning in South Carolina, commented about the MLK comment, and took sides with Obama. As I pointed out in an earlier post, the race card hurts Obama’s candidacy. By keeping the race issue alive with his comments, Edwards hurts Obama more than his comments seem to support him.

Edwards’ anger is getting kind of tiresome.