Mainstream Media is failing to expose Republican Party’s detachment from reality and extreme views of its candidates,

October 30, 2015

The dismal performance of the Republican candidates for president during the third debate on Wednesday evening demonstrates that they continue to ignore the issues that matter to most voters, which are the stalled economy, poverty, homelessness, untreated mental illness, the broken criminal justice system, unregulated predatory capitalism, bloated military and intelligence budgets, an overwhelming need to repeal Citizens United, gun control, lack of jobs that pay a living wage, overwhelming student debt, out-of-control police, prison overcrowding, human caused climate change, and crumbling infrastructure. In other words they are so out of touch and weird that it’s a waste of time to listen to them.

The punditocracy’s discussion about the debate also seemed to be detached from reality. I could not decide if they were pretending that the candidates said important things or they actually believed that they did. Their tendency to present both sides of every issue as if they are equally valid when anyone with a functioning brain cell knows otherwise is frustrating. Their decision that Marco Rubio won the debate seemed beside the point since no one said anything important or memorable and nothing was resolved.

Many media pundits agree that Marco Rubio would be a centrist voice of reason who would match up well against Hillary Clinton in the election next fall. However, they did not say that Rubio is a climate change denier and his solution to the energy crisis is to drill, baby, drill. Because of these extreme views, he is not qualified to serve as president. Every credible climate scientist agrees that human caused climate change is underway and accelerating. We humans are running out of time and options. Therefore, all nations of the world need to be developing short term and long term strategies to avoid the catastrophic consequences of global warning. Anything less is grossly irresponsible. Unfortunately, all Republican candidates except Senator Lindsey Graham and former Governor George Pataki are climate change deniers.

Similarly, most media pundits are fawning over Representative Paul Ryan, who has been elected as the new Speaker of the House. They call him a centrist policy wonk who is extremely well qualified to determine what we need to do to jump-start our economy. Nothing could be further from the truth. He believes in tax cuts for the rich, elimination of all welfare and entitlement programs, including Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. He is a devotee of Ayn Rand, free markets and elimination of regulations and regulatory oversight. These policies are hallmarks of supply side economics, AKA: Reaganomics. Despite 35 years of tax cuts for the rich and a reduction of regulatory oversight, the rich are the only whose incomes have increased. Kansas Governor Brownback implemented similar policies in his state that created a $400 M shortfall for the state’s economy during his first term. Instead of changing the disastrous policy, he doubled down and two years later, the state is on the verge of bankruptcy. Paul Ryan’s ideas can only damage our economy. Instead of gushing over the selection of Paul Ryan as Speaker, the mainstream media should be reporting that his ideas not only don’t work, they may cause irreparable harm.

Lat night, I read an article by award winning journalist and scholarĀ  Dr. Nafeez Ahmed in which “he exposed startling information about U.S. complicity in the creation and rise of ISIS, as contained in a recently declassified Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) report. Possibly more terrifying than the report itself may be the fact that this information has been virtually blacked out across global mainstream media.” In other words, the mainstream media refused to report this declassified information because it decided that it was potentially inflammatory and might damage the credibility and reputation of the United States.

The mainstream media has a duty to cut through the BS whenever it can and report the truth. By failing to report the Republican Party’s detachment from reality and the extreme views of its candidates, the MM is causing voter confusion.


Carly Fiorina needs to put up or shut up

September 28, 2015

Carly Fiorina has accused Planned Parenthood of keeping human fetuses alive so that their brains can be harvested. She also claims that she has seen a video that proves her accusation. Planned Parenthood has denied the allegation. Therefore, Carly Fiorina now has the burden of proof. She needs to produce the video. She obviously cannot do that or she would have produced it by now. Two videos have been produced. The second was produced by her own PAC. Neither one proves what she said. Therefore, she is lying.

The analysis is really just that simple. Let’s look at another example.

If I claimed that I saw a video in which Carly Fiorina sacrificed a newborn child on a stone altar before a statue of Satan by cutting out its heart and eating it in order to obtain his assistance in winning the election, and she denied doing that, I would expect her to challenge me to put up or shut up.

She is a liar and given the disturbing nature of the lie, I have concluded that she is unfit to serve as President of the United States.

I thought it was symbolically fitting that the curtain came crashing down behind her last night when she was speaking to a group of business women in San Antonio.

Don’t misunderstand me. I’m glad no one was injured. I do not wish harm to anyone. But the symbolic significance of the event is striking.

Other Posts:

Carly Fiorina is morally and ethically unfit for public office (9/19/2015 FL)

Carly Fiorina continues to lie about the dying fetus video that does not exist (9/23/2015 FL)

Carly Fiorina stubbornly pretends fiction is fact (9/28/2015 msnbc)

 


Republican debates have no substance and fail to amuse

August 7, 2015

The Republican “debates” were noteworthy for what they did not cover. One issue that was ignored concerns the education of our children.

Henry Giroux writes,

The rise of the punishing and police state depends on conformity, the squelching of dissent and the closing down of any institution capable of educating the young and old to hold authority accountable. More specifically, pedagogies of oppression are a central tool for dismantling critical learning and dissent and for increasing the power of the punishing state. Under the reign of neoliberalism, all things public are under attack, from schools to health care to public servants. The war on youth and public schools is part of the larger assault on democracy itself. The controlling elite view schools as dangerous to their interests. For the financial elite, right-wing ideologues and billionaires such as the Walton family, the Koch brothers and Bill Gates, public education must be defunded, broken and privatized because it contains the potential to educate young people to question authority and hold it accountable, and produce civically literate and socially engaged students and critically engaged citizens.

The so-called debates are bad entertainment. They have no substance and fail to amuse.


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