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WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE MEDIA? Really, what IS wrong with the media? I ask this question sincerely. Well, partially in a sincere manner, but also in an effort to push back against them by posing the same question about them that they ask endlessly all day every day about Barack Obama.

This whole silly mess began with Pat Buchanan back during the prolonged Democratic Primary knockdown between Obama and Clinton. No matter what you may say or think about Republicans, they know exactly how to press their point: by saying it over and over, day after day until the media pick it up and become their well-tuned Greek chorus. And so he did. That sly old Patrick Buchanan kept on asking that question every chance he got – and there were many – until it became the question of the day first on MSNBC and then on CNN. Well played, Mr. Buchanan!

So, dear readers, I have decided to turn the whole thing around and begin my every blog with that same question directed toward the media. So if you return to this site, don’t think that the content hasn’t changed because it begins with that central question. In fact, that question is the thrust of this entire site.

An independent study was released July 28, 2008, that found the media coverage of Senator Obama was 72% negative: an astounding number! But truly it only buttressed my suspicions in watching, literally, hours of political coverage on television every day. You see, I am a political junkie who is a retired old white man living in rural Texas with time to devote to my extreme interest on the subject. So I do.

Anyway, last week when Barack Obama was making his brilliant tour through the Middle East and Europe, I listened with dismay as the pundits on MSNBC and CNN worked overtime to find something negative to say about him. It was then that I decided to get out here on the world wide web and fight back, because it was clear to me that Barack Obama was going to not only have to beat the Republicans in this campaign, but also the news media which seems dedicated to keeping him “in his place.”

I have mused on the reasons for the 24-hour news media’s propensity to throw stone after stone at Obama. Are they just trying to help their old buddy McCain win? Are they doing what they can to “keep the race close and interesting” to boost ratings? Are they serving the interests of their corporate owners? Or maybe they are puppets to their advertising sponsors: big oil, big insurance, big banks and brokerages, big pharmaceutical companies. Perhaps. But who knows.

I’ve also wondered if the well coifed, well groomed, well dressed television personalities that beam into our homes like invited family members are so out of the mainstream lives of regular Americans that they just don’t get it. Maybe they’re so well paid that the rise in the price of gasoline is just another “bump in the road” on their way to work–annoying and notable but not major. And let’s face it, do these look like the kind of people the rest of us run into as we shop for groceries and clothing at Wal-Mart? Not where I live.

So it is the goal of this site to shine the light of scrutiny on the very influential national news media as it “does its thing” during the course of this very important election. The plan is to critique political commentary shows every day, concentrating on content and slant thereof. I do have one disclaimer to add. Due to love of my flat-screen TV, I will not be including any programming from the “Fair and Balanced” network because they make me want to throw something through the screen. So I will concentrate on Morning Joe with Joe Scarborough, Hardball with Chris Matthews, and Race for the White House with David Gregory, all on MSNBC, along with Wolfe – Wolfe Blitzer and Lou Dobbs on CNN as well as the Sunday morning broadcast-television shows on NBC, ABC and CBS.

Hang in there, fellow Liberals, and keep fighting toward victory in November!

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17 Comments leave one →
  1. mt330404 permalink
    30 August 2008 3:41 pm

    the Scripps School of Journalism doesn’t have their own code of ethics– we follow the SPJ and AP ethics

  2. Left-Eyed Jack permalink
    30 August 2008 3:48 pm

    Thanks, Mike. That’s what I needed to know.

  3. 24 September 2009 7:12 pm

    If anyone has been checking in here, I would love to know how Jack and Mrs Jack are doing. You are missed.

  4. 17 March 2010 7:08 pm

    I am a student of media gender studies and we are examining the stereotype of a welfare mother. Since I googled “welfare mother”, your website came to light. I find it ironic that your website criticizes media “keeping him in his place”, yet the picture you chose to identify a welfare mother was black and crying, which seems to solidify past images which are untrue. There are more white people on welfare than black. It would be less offensive to have no picture than this one.

    • fingerstx permalink*
      2 April 2010 12:02 am

      I’ll take this one.

      I choose the pictures for our blog and Jack writes the content. I could have used a picture of his grandmother and her daughters sitting around her tiny living room, because she was a “welfare mother” too, but all the photos I have are not great photos from a photographer’s point of view–light streaming into the room from the one window backlighting the girls into silhouettes rather than people with faces. So I chose that photo both for its dramatic mood–crying Madonna and child–and the fact that it was properly exposed and framed and just a better photo. I wasn’t looking at skin color; I wanted to stir up empathy in the readers so they would consider that day’s topic with their hearts as well as their minds.

      Welfare mothers come in all colors. Their reasons for being in that condition are often beyond their control. Bad luck, bad choices, catastrophic illness, just to name a few. And people move way too fast at jumping to conclusions and applying stereotypes when they should be seriously thoughtful and compassionate. Except for the ultra rich, most of us are only one paycheck away from sleeping in the car or living under a bridge.

      Mrs. Jack

  5. 18 June 2010 8:26 am

    Hello, Mr. and Mrs. Jack.
    Just ignore some of the morons like Mr. Wagner who only want to criticize.
    I love your site and blogs.
    Linda

  6. 18 June 2010 8:33 am

    Hello again,
    Does Mr. Jack have a place where a person can sign on for a newsletter?

    I didn’t see one. If so, here is my email: lindawageck@yahoo.com

    Are you guys on Facebook?

    If so, under what name? I’m on Facebook a lot, and would love to read your blogs
    if you post them on your FB page.

    I can be located at: Linda Donnell (Linda Wageck) on FB, and last time I checked I had my settings on ‘Everyone’ to locate me. I’ll double check that in a moment.

    Thanks again for the blogs!
    Linda in Austin

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  10. Liberal is a beautiful word permalink
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