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Saturday, July 30, 2011

CNN Gets It Wrong Again

Reporters for the beleaguered network that Ted Turner built have earned a reputation for getting it wrong.  And that reputation maintains itself, as it turns out, with the reporting on the background of Norway's mass murderer, Anders Behring Breivik.  CNN made this pronouncement the day after the slaughter took place:
Who is the suspect in the Norway attacks?
By the CNN Wire Staff

As Norway struggles to come to terms with its greatest loss of life in decades, all eyes are on the man charged in the explosion in central Oslo and the deadly shooting rampage at a youth camp.

While police have not officially named him, Norwegian television and newspaper reports have identified the suspect as 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik, of Norwegian origin.

A picture is emerging, gleaned from official sources and social media, of a right-wing Christian fundamentalist who may have had an issue with Norway's multi-cultural society. [link] [emphasis mine]
We can debate what "right-wing" means in a Norwegian context.  But was this madman a "Christian fundamentalist," as CNN charges?

Not according to the madman.

If anything, after reading his "manifesto," CNN would have come away (assuming anyone there knows the first thing about Christianity) with the understanding that this fool is closer to being a Unitarian Universalist than to being a Christian per se.  Or, to be loose with definitions, an "agnostic Christian" perhaps.  One who doesn't believe in the tenets of the Bible but thinks of himself as being "a social Christian," whatever that is.

But this isn't about Breivik's odd beliefs.  It's about CNN's willingness to jump to the "whacked out fundamentalist Christian (a 'right-wing' one, no less) does dastardly deed" template.

The reporter was wrong.  An apology to the world's Christians is on order.

Republicans Compromise. Democrats Vote For Default.

You'll not read that headline anywhere in the mainstream press this morning.  It's just too accurate a pair of statements for the lefties in the press to deal with.

But accurate it is.

This, written by Byron York, was actually penned before the House vote yesterday in favor of the "Boehner compromise" and after the Democrat-controlled Senate voted it down (which they did and they did):
In debt fight, Dems reject Republican compromise
Washington Examiner

House Speaker John Boehner has introduced two bills that would raise the nation's debt ceiling and end the current default crisis. The first, known as "Cut, Cap and Balance," was tabled by Senate Democrats without an up-or-down vote. The second, Boehner's plan to cut more than $900 billion in federal spending and raise the debt ceiling by a slightly smaller amount, could face a similar fate if it first passes the House.

For the Tea Party Republicans who make up a significant part of the House GOP caucus, Boehner's proposal is a significant retreat from "Cut, Cap and Balance." Those who support the Boehner proposal, which is formally known as the Budget Control Act, consider it a major compromise -- something they are backing only after being convinced that their first choice could never pass the Senate.

Throughout the debt dispute, President Obama has talked a lot about compromise. In his speech to the nation Monday, he used the word six times, saying America "has always been a grand experiment in compromise" but that in Washington lately, "compromise has become a dirty word."

But the fact is, the Republicans who admitted defeat on "Cut, Cap and Balance" showed a unmistakable willingness to compromise. "The president has asked us to compromise," House Minority Leader Eric Cantor said Thursday afternoon. "We have compromised." [link]
Boehner's compromise doesn't set my heart aflutter.  Because it really only prolongs the agony America is suffering.  But I keep trying to remember that Obama and the Democrats still, practically, control things in Washington.  And will continue to do so until election day, 2012.  So Boehner's plan will have to do for now.

But no.  Not even that's good enough for those radical Democrats who have, by roll call vote, chosen to send the country into default - which brings with it riled markets and increased lending rates.  Not to mention heightened concerns on the part of the western world as to whether we are too far down the path toward destabilization and fiscal collapse.

Truth is, we may be.

But you can't say the Republicans didn't try to set things right.

NBC, ABC, CNN, CBS, and the rest of the Obama press will try.  But unlike 1995, they'll not get away with it.

Playing With Fire

They had it all figured out.  All Obama had to do was deny the Tea Party a debt ceiling/spending reduction deal, have the media blame the resulting default on those demented, racist, ultra-conservatives who brought the circumstance about, and reap the popularity poll rewards.

1995 all over again.

Some called Obama's strategy masterful.

The American people?

They don't see it that way:

Unfortunately for Obama, and the media, and the delusional supporters who didn't realize that this is a different country now - teetering on the brink of disaster because of its massive debt - the citizenry sees through the "shrewd" maneuvers of our president and doesn't like what it sees:
Obama hits low of 40% in Gallup tracking poll
By David Jackson, USA TODAY

President Obama's approval rating has hit an all-time low of 40% in the Gallup daily tracking poll.

His disapproval rating is up to 50%, the poll said

"Obama's approval rating averaged 46% in June and was near that level for most of July," the poll reported. "However, it has stumbled in the past few days, coinciding with intensification of the debt ceiling/budget battle in Washington." [link]
I'm amazed when I watch the pundits on TV still trying to score the debate over the debt ceiling as some kind of game (that our president is winning by not allowing a resolution to go forward).

This ain't no game.  The country is on a glide path to self-destruction.  The people want our fiscal house put in order. 

Send our country into default?  Barry can enjoy his victory in a phone booth, with all his remaining supporters in attendance.

And 2012 looms ...