Who won the Debate? Ask the PEOPLE.
September 27, 2008

Last night, I watched the debate on CNN. If you did as well, there were tracking lines at the bottom of the screen that showed how independents, republicans, and democrats were all affected by the candidate speaking. Over the night they each had their ups and downs.

You’ve been reading me and Pegleghippie for a while now, and you know that we both have a thing for Obama. Every time I imagine the prospect of an Obama administration, I get excited. Excited for the idea of economic, foreign and domestic progress. I see the restoration of the image of America and the balancing of our national checkbook. I see social justice, equal rights and opportunities, an optimized education system and national healthcare.

The debates last night highlighted a significantly different approach to foreign policy between the two candidates. We have McCain, defender of the Bush-style “Shoot first, find excuses later” fascism, with no room for diplomacy or cooperation. America is judge, jury, and executioner in this man’s eyes.  Judgement is unnecessary; run head first into the most explosive region in the world, and perform damage control when the dust settles.

And then there’s Obama, who wants to work with our allies and use tough diplomacy, reason, and lastly military action to secure the world from the nuclear threat. A consistent proponent of nuclear disarmament, and known as a damn good listener. I think he focused on the correct aspect of the war in Iraq – the lack of judgement shown by the current administration in the handling and premise of the war itself. Damage control should not be his focus. To use McCain’s own argument against him, focusing on damage control ‘legitimizes’ the current administration’s false premises and blatant lies to the American public. Very smart.

But the post-debate coverage on CNN disappointed me. The first problem with CNN is that it’s a 24-hour news cycle; they need to fill 24 hours of time with news, and it’s impossible. There just isn’t enough meaningful stuff to talk about. They have two different methods for providing ‘filler material.’ Firstly, they repeat themselves over and over, and use different people to talk about the same things. And secondly, they take the news, and rather than objectively lay it out and let people come to their own opinions, they bring in politicos, pundits, biased outside sources and have THEM lay their perspectives out, inevitably neutralizing the previous goal of objectivity.

To apply it to the debates, I thought, and the American people thought, that Obama was the clear winner. McCain did not achieve any objectives. The only worth while “Youtube Moment” of the debate was when Obama repeated and substantiated to Senator McCain that, “You were wrong.” The polls are vastly in favor of Obama but in its attempt to be objective, CNN gave equal weight to John McCain and called it a tie, which the people disagree with.

Reality is what the American people believe. That’s all that matters. A phrase I’ve heard and have enjoyed thinking about recently is, “Reality has a left-leaning biased.” I believe this is entirely true, that the window of what is in the realm of political possibility is going to turn back to the left. 

It’s not CNN’s job to tell us who won the debate. That’s our judgement, that’s our call. Stop filling your 24 hour news cycle with opinions and maybe we’ll get an intellectual president, instead of a stubborn old man, and the 5th worst graduate from the Navy Academy. That’ll be the day.

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I See Through You, CNN.
June 16, 2008

I FUCKING HATE CNN. Yes, That was a link. A link to the most fucking stupid thing CNN could ever do. Fuck that article.

Bullshit sensationalism, irrational headlining, unwavering support for their candidate. They aren’t supposed to have a candidate of course, but I think the jackasses at CNN actually have both. And it’s all about how they manipulate the news.

Take for instance, a blog on CNN’s Political Ticker. This is a blog from the people at CNN, not by third parties. This blog’s title says, ‘Obama Camp: We can win without FL, OH.’

Fuck that sensationalist shit. This is headlining, this is exactly what Piazza Diavola wrote about. God knows, the vast majority of Americans can’t see past the title. They want 30 second commercials, 30 minute television shows, and 90 minute movies. They can’t handle the kind of attention span it takes for the illiterate base population of the US of A to read the entire article, and understand it.

So they ‘innocently’ broadcast these headlines that completely misconstrue the truth, throw rationale and honesty to the wind, and back their opponent with the loyal steadfastness of a golden retriever.

That wouldn’t be as big of a problem if they would back Obama, since he’s obviously the only one qualified for the job this year. But I can’t tell if they do or don’t; I can’t tell if they’re backing McCain, Obama, Nader, Ron Paul, or Ross Perot. They can’t make up their mind any more than the American Democrats.

Add this to their conception that Americans are completely unenlightened, shocked by things like homosexuality to the point that it’s headline news. CNN’s a shitbag, no better than Faux News. And to think I used to think THEY were truly balanced.

Fuck the media, Fuck McCain, Fuck CNN. And Fuck blind Hillary supporters who can’t see past their own gender. God forbid they do the right thing. I guess they’re just giving me fodder for another post about how all people should have to pass a standardized test about the government, and other things such as logic… Stupid people shouldn’t be allowed to vote.

Unenlightened America
June 9, 2008

by pegleghippie

So, on the front of its US news section of its website, CNN had a story about lesbians kissing at a ball game (It’s no longer up front, probably because Jon Stuart called them out on it).  Who thought this was ok?  Who said, “hey, that’s not just newsworthy, that’s front page material!”?  What the fuck?  What the fucking fuck?  Why do people stand up and notice when two women kiss in public?  Is there someone out there who doesn’t know what lesbians are?

I know that news agencies are just out to make a quick buck, but that begs the question, why is this story a money maker?  Because apparently CNN thought that Americans are shallow enough that they’ll be titillated/offended/enthralled by this story.  In other words, CNN thinks Americans are unenlightened.

And no one (save Jon Stuart) complained!  No one said, fuck you CNN!  This isn’t news, I’m not buying this time!  Maybe CNN is right: maybe we’re all just troglodytes. 

Those of  you who are straight and around my age, think back to your time in school.   You probably knew homosexuals.  Did you freak out when they kissed?  Did your world-view get shattered?  I’m guessing no.  I know from my own life, a lesbian kiss is as normal as any other kiss, and any time someone has made a scene of pointing out two women kissing (whether out of disgust or out of excitement) he has been scolded for bigotry (it’s always a he).

So I’ve got some conflicting evidence here.  On this issue, and on several others that I haven’t mentioned, my generation seems to be made up of accepting, open-minded, enlightened individuals.  The media, however, treats the population as if we’re all upper-class victorian socialites with the most delicate of sensibilities.  Now I spent a lot of my youth in the South, so I know this attitude exists among certain adults.  So I suspect that our media wants to dumb us down and make us more close minded than we actually are, so as to…I don’t know, sell us more stuff?  Not an impossibility, but a bit conspiritorial.

I guess I don’t know why we’re treated like troglodytes.  I really don’t know why we don’t fight it more.  Are we that defeatist, sitting around saying, “oh right, we live in America, where intellectualism goes to die.”?  

Or am I out of line here, thinking that we’re more tolerant than we are?  Is this the ‘liberal elitism’ that conservatives accuse us of?  Am I in some way completely off base, with a categorically different understanding of the culture and the larger world than the understanding of my average fellow citizen?  Once again it isn’t impossible, but that seems conspiratorial.  For whatever reason, the people that I know are light-years beyond America’s stereotype of itself.  We need to seriously start fighting back against that stereotype, and waking ourselves up to the wonderful diversity and complexity of the world around us.  

And just so we’re clear, fuck CNN.

Bring Back the Fairness Doctrine!
May 25, 2008

 

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Give us back the Fairness Doctrine!

Trust me, take the 9:16 and watch that YouTube video. I haven’t watched something so informative since the beginning of this campaign. I don’t know who this guy is or where he comes from, but he speaks a truth that I know Pegleghippie will agree with me, as it’s something the two of us are discussing all the time.

The media is there to make money; they are just a business! This is why we’re getting half-truths for news, we’re getting sellable information.

And our talk news, our Fox News and CNN Talk news, these broadcasts are completely right-wing!

All of this is explained in the video, so please watch this, rate it if you have a youtube account, but more importantly… Digg it!

I’m starting to understand the media.
May 14, 2008

I think I understand why the media wants Clinton to drop out… I mean, everyone knows why. They have nothing to write about, since this dragging on of the primary is completely predictable. We know what the numbers and results are going to be a week before the primary actually takes place. Analysts talk about the results and pundits make predictions and none of America is surprised. This is why the media wants Clinton to drop out.

And for once, I TOTALLY AGREE WITH THE MEDIA. I have had nothing to write about. Everyone knows what’s going on long before I get to hear about it, or have time to write about it. I guess I’m not supposed to be relaying news… I’m supposed to be relaying opinions. But still… what opinions can you have on predictable statistics? (Cue Pegleghippie writing a long comment about opinions on statistics…)

Everyone knows Mr. Obama’s won the nomination, and needs to start campaigning for the Presidency. That’s what the news media is hungry for, and me too… I need inspiration.

EDIT: WOW. As I’m writing this post, Clinton gives a good interview. On Cnn’s ‘The Situation Room’, she maintained her position on staying IN the race. (Bad.) But she also said that she would work hard for Obama if he were to win, and that her voters would be ‘in error’ to vote for McCain over Obama.

Mm, tasty. Finally, the innards of the big oily machine are going to come crashing down the GOP.

Nancy Grace is a Loud and Annoying Hack.
April 19, 2008

I get so tired of hearing Nancy Grace’s voice on CNN. She is constantly screaming at people that disagree with her, cutting people off, asserting her usually ignorant, opinionated, subjective ideas over the air while the people who were invited to share their points of view would just sit and listen to her banshee screams.

In what world is this woman qualified to give us the news? She has actually pushed people to kill themselves after interviews on her show. She ignores her interviewees, if she thinks her opinion is of higher quality.

How, in the name of the gods, is this woman qualified to give us news? Back when she was a prosecuting lawyer in criminal cases, she was repeatedly defeated, not by evidence and testimony, but by her own misconduct in the trial. She actually participated in illegal activities, such as soliciting false testimonies, abusing the subpoena process, and most importantly, subverting the constitutional rights of the accused. She so strongly believes that anyone who has been accused of anything is wholly, completely, and inarguable guilty of every possible charge levelled among them, that she’ll dismiss facts, polygraph tests, DNA tests, testimonies, you name it, simply to take the vanguard of the victim. Source: Still Striking Foul Blows: A Review of Nancy Grace’s Book, Objection!

Never mind, that she’s continually and in-arguably wrong.

Even about her fiance’s murder.

That’s right, her fiance was murdered, and she made up facts to push her career forward.  Source: New York Observer. She of course, defend it by saying, “[I made those statements] with the knowledge I had.” What knowledge, Nancy? What knowledge do you have? Cause whatever knowledge you have has apparently been missed by our entire justice system.

Please, for the sake of our general integrity, take this screaming wench off the air.

-Mekhami