Before the deep freeze starts here in the East-
A brief summary of another bummer of a summer…
By John Tully
The New York Herald Sun
Summer is just the perfect time to see just exactly what the heck is going on out there in “America”.
The first thing I remember was British Petroleum destroying the planet and our Leaders sitting on their thumbs.
All of a sudden I’m sitting in a hotel room in Florida after a friend’s wedding and watching a humongous plasma television. A woman named Trish Regan from CNBC declared: “the stimulus didn’t work”. I wondered what had happened and how she knew and what had happened so I quickly switched the channel and witnessed ABC News’ Jonathan Karl file a brave and hard-hitting four-minute “piece” on the cost of the road signs that tell citizens about stimulus money being used for infrastructure projects.
Brave Jonathan Karl.
It reminded me of that George Stephanopoulos fellow on World News Tonight. Less than two months into President Obama’s term, immediately after the Stimulus Bill was finally passed with all kinds of silly concessions to the fiscally illogical demands of the Say No Republicans (already in full Waterloo-mode) the TV Star declared gleefully “Now, Barack Obama owns the economy….”
Those ABC boys sure are wankers.
Jake Tapper much?
The next thing I know I’m in South Jersey watching CBS News’ Bob Schieffer indignantly imploring Bloggers to “pick up the phone next time and do some reporting”
Mr. Schieffer’s lazy network, lead by Fox News, had been fooled by a well-known fraud named Andrew Breitbart into covering the story of how every major news gathering organization in the U.S. had failed to investigate an obvious right-wing smear job that lead the cowardly Obama administration to fire an employee of the Department of Agriculture for doing the right thing and speaking the truth about Racism.
Schieffer’s wise and sage shtick is utterly revered in the District but this completely backwards, twisted and wholly illogical pooh-poohing/blame shifting was truly a Spin of epic proportions. He’s got BS right there in his initials after all.
That began a second straight summer of Red-Herring Race Babble.
Remember last summer’s “Beer Summit”? Months of wasted time and newsprint on distractions from the real problems in this country and it happened again this year. Halliburton and Blackwater were relieved I’m sure.
I met sweet and dopey 80 year-old Democrats who think that President Obama was still just swell; never mind his continuation of all the most heinous policies of Bush-Cheney: “State Secrets” to defend endless imprisonment, renditions and assassinations in the War on Terror-coupled with no intention to prosecute the definitive War Crimes of the former administration.
The next thing I remember Fox News is on in some restaurant.
There is a weepy, pinkish, Morning DJ on the screen and he’s assembled a bunch of Libertarians who listen to bad music cry about God and Gold on the anniversary and location of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech.
The stupid hurts.
For some reason, all this kvetching about Obama reminded me of long-time DC columnist and television commentator Mark Shields and his outrage three years ago about that famous Move-On Ad questioning General Petraeus and his leadership.
Perish the thought.
I was so mystified at the time that I called Shields on the phone. He nicely and politely explained to me that basically the Move-On folks and their approach was not only disrespectful but highly arrogant. He made a lot of very reasonable points about Generals and War.
But then I saw the same Mr. Shields this summer on Television- making sure to declare that he “liked” House Minority leader John Boehner before politely and gently criticising his newest nonexistent policies.
This is a politician, Mr. Boehner, who has so little respect for his opposition that he routinely uses the derogatory term “Democrat Party” to describe his critics. He and most of his fellow Republicans just love to throw that phrase in every chance they can get. Guess what? Np one in the mainstream media calls them on it. Not even good ol’ Mark Shields.
I spoke with a 40-something Republican woman who asked me about Obama. She railed against “all these people being on the dole” and all this darn “spending” in Washington. I started to argue that taxes have never been lower and that TARP was Bush’s plan but it seemed to be a losing proposition. She looked me dead in the eye and politely informed me that pesky facts and hard-truths about politics and Glenn Beck and Obama were merely my personal opinions.
Well, you were just asking me for them.
I decided not to mention Al Gore’s Global Warming Hoax.
The summer was almost over but a plan to build a Muslim community center took center-stage in the American News Soap Opera.
Plans for the “9/11 mosque” in a neighborhood sort of close to the place where mostly Saudi Arabians flew planes into buildings, where it’s taken 10 years to rebuild anything– has unleashed the pure stupid.
TV anchor Brian Williams, who wears excellent ties, threw to the next commercial, intoning: “the mosque that is proving to be Too Much for some people”
I’m just glad that the rational and reasonable Jon Stewart has identified the problem in America and has planned a rally in DC for later in the month to address it.
I mean, really, the Democrat Party needs to stop being so gosh-darn harsh and mean and partisan.
Love, Peggy Noonan