Power needs to have limits

The main front for Americans trying to keep our government bound by some reasonable limits has been health care. And with good reason: The Democrats’ health plan would reorganize a giant swath of the economy and could be a tipping point for the size, scope and power of the federal bureaucracy.

But there are other examples of “feds know best” — and not only Democrats are guilty. Here are three from this week’s headlines.

First were the White House’s continuing attacks on Fox News. “Not really a news station” is how it was put by White House adviser David Axelrod, who is fast becoming exactly the kind of figure the left hated in Karl Rove.

It’s telling that the Obama administration hasn’t marshaled any evidence for its claim beyond pointing to the shows of Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity, which are expressly opinion content. This is just as absurd as saying the Washington Post isn’t a news organization because it publishes opinion columns by Eugene Robinson and E.J. Dionne.

Worse, though, is that the president’s top advisers think it’s their place to try to undermine any news organization.

Fighting back against specific stories or giving greater access to particular news outlets is fair game. But trying to sink a contrarian news organization’s credibility is wholly inappropriate for an administration that is supposed to enforce the nation’s laws, including, last I checked, the First Amendment.

It wouldn’t even matter if Fox News were broadcasting falsehoods 100 percent of the time, which of course it isn’t. It is no more the government’s place to decree, even rhetorically, the illegitimacy of a particular news outlet than it would be to announce that one religious belief is less true than another. Only a government unconcerned about limits on its own power and role would think otherwise.

Second was a story that dates back a couple of months but got national attention this week. The citizens of Kinston, N.C., voted in November by a 2-to-1 margin to make local elections nonpartisan. The U.S. Justice Department reviewed the change pursuant to the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Not only did Acting Assistant Attorney General Loretta King rule in August that African-Americans were a minority in Kinston, a city where the population is estimated to be two-thirds black and where blacks represent 65 percent of registered voters. She rejected the referendum result on the grounds that whites would only vote for black candidates if they ran as Democrats.

Again, the most appalling thing here is not the sheer partisanship, nor the fact that King’s justifications pass for logic and justice in today’s Washington. It’s that an unelected bureaucrat would twist the facts of a case and overrule a voter decision that didn’t suit her. Only a government unconcerned with the limits on its own power and role would do such a thing.

Finally, there was the request by Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch that the Obama administration look into college football’s Bowl Championship Series for possible antitrust violations. Hatch’s state is home to two schools, the University of Utah and BYU, whose conference champions aren’t guaranteed a spot in the lucrative BCS games.

But this is a situation that the market — here, the major football leagues and TV networks — has been addressing in recent years. Must the government be involved in every conflict? Do even self-professed conservatives like Hatch now subscribe to this idea?

It is the pervasiveness of the big-government mentality that is producing a backlash. It is about more than the big issues or partisanship. The movement against it has too much motivation to do anything but keep moving.

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Algonquin J. Calhoun

October 24th, 2009
12:18 am

It wouldn’t even matter if Fox News were broadcasting falsehoods 100 percent of the time, which of course it isn’t.

It’s actually about eighty percent!

Orangelo Moulde

October 24th, 2009
1:15 am

Kyle you almost had me feeling sorry for Fox until I saw how much they are loving this. It’s more that a little scary that like you a considerable percentage of the electorate considers what Fox does to be objective news reporting when they are #1 solely because of their far-right pandering machinery. What’s wrong with pointing that out? It may cause a few to seek a diversity of opinions and in doing so discover that they actually have one that is their own. Now don’t let the fact that that sounds Obama-ish stop you from experiencing a little personal growth and maturity!

Hatin'on the stupid

October 24th, 2009
7:41 am

Woah, Kyle, this is one of your shriller posts.
-”Worse, though, is that the president’s top advisers think it’s their place to try to undermine any news organization.”

Can you honestly say that Fox has not resorted to all manner of dishonesty in order to undermine the legitimacy of Obama’s presidency? When Fox becomes a responsible new outlet, maybe they’ll be treated as such. It is sweet that you guys rush to the defense of po’ wittle Foxy-woxy though.

Davo

October 24th, 2009
9:08 am

FOX Hunt
by Jack Hunter on October 23, 2009
http://www.takimag.com/article/fox_hunt/

“There can be no true objective journalism because there are no truly objective human beings, journalists and editors included. Publications take political stances not only in their opinion pages, but in what stories they include or omit, not to mention the slant and tone of those stories.”

jconservative

October 24th, 2009
9:17 am

Nice thoughtful column. Gives us readers something to chew on.

Would I be correct in saying you are less a conservative & more a Republican as far as political ID goes? That is the impression I get from my perspective as a political conservative but not a Republican.

The Fox/White House mutual name calling is not a big deal. Go back & look at the Nixon White House war on the NY Times, the Washington Post, & CBS. In fact, the Republicans have been at the throat of the NY Times since at least the Pentagon Papers publication. This White House/press war has been a recurring theme throughout US history.

You mention “big-government mentality”. And I would agree it has been running rampant through American political thought for the past 75 years. Everybody sees or perceives problems that they want the Federal government to fix. And way too much of the “big government solution” comes from the political right. For example: two hot button issues, same sex marriage & abortion, all have millions calling for a Federal government solution. (I am going to a meeting this AM & there will be a call for Congress to “fix the same sex marriage problem.”)

If I may be allowed to correct Bill Clinton – “the era of small government is, and has been, over”.

MrLiberty

October 24th, 2009
9:21 am

So can we expect criticism of republican policies when a republican is in office? Or are you to be just like every other “conservative” and give a free pass to every big government idea that comes from a republican?

We didn’t get to this point in america because libertarians have been in charge. We got here because republicans and democrats have been in charge. Even so-called “conservatives” have pushed for more power and more government.

There is no power the government can have and use in a manner that serves the public. The sooner americans realize that, the sooner we can all peacefully work towards dismantling our oppressor.

booger

October 24th, 2009
10:43 am

There have been instances where repub. administrations have cried foul over certain content reported by the media, but never have they used the office of President to declare an entire news network illigitment. This is clearly an abuse of power. I do watch Fox as well as other channels. As far as pure reporting of the news, which I would guess is at least 75% of their content, I would say there is not much difference. In almost every case where there is a discussion of issues, Fox has well known liberals appearing alongside conservatives. When it comes to opinion, Fox is clearly biased toward conservatism, just as MSNBC is clearly biased toward liberalism. So as far as I’m concerned if Fox is not a legitimate source of news, none of them are, and compared to historical standards, this may be the case.

I think this attack is purely revenge for Fox’s investigative reporting of ACORN. As the former lawyer for Acorn, Obama has close relations with many Acorn leaders, and I think this was a warning shot to warn any News organization against messing with his buddies. Remember the poor auditor in Sacramento who was fired for a bad report on Obama’s buddy.

The issues Kyle mentions today are abuses of power, but only a couple of many abuses by this admin. I personally think the handling of the bondholders in the GM takeover was the worst. The firing of the president of GM, even though it may have been warrented, was right up there as well, and was the first case in history where a president fired the head of a public company.

I predict this abuse will continue, and get worse as time passes. If you are on Obama’s enemy list, you will be harmed. I also predict that once repubs. are back in office, they will return this behavior in kind since the decency standard will have been lowered.

dewstarpath

October 24th, 2009
10:55 am

- There may be no objective human beings, but all
human knowledge is based in objectivity.

- I think, therefore I am.
– Descartes

Chris Broe

October 24th, 2009
11:37 am

I think that there could never be

A poem as lovely as a tree

Trolls are flamed by fools like me

But only God can make a tree

Clyde Ringworm sure waxes eloquent. He can generalize an issue as well as the next man. He should be able to, after all, Wooten is his clone-father, and the two stand side by side.

The two stand close, side by side. …..

RIGHT TURN, CLYDE!

David Axelfraud

October 24th, 2009
11:46 am

Eugene Robinson and E.J. Dionne are both political hacks who can only get an appearance on Morning Joe. A show that averages 300,000 viewers. Eugene Robinson and E.J. Dionne are the equivalent to Cynthia Tucker and Jay Bookman. Eugene and Cynthia have more in common with Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

Hatin’on the stupid, I WOULD LOOOOOOOOOOVE TO GET YOU “UNBIASED” OPINION ON WHAT HONEST NEWS IS. PLEASE, DO US ALL A FAVOR AND POST WHAT YOU THINK IS HONEST NEWS.

My guess as to what Ms. Stupid will write: The Daily Show.

Most libs now consider a fake a news show real news because Jon Stewart, a man who can’t write his own material, makes them laugh about how stupid Republicans are. Har har har.

Hatin’on the stupid is one of many pinko losers who cry about a news channel all while ignoring the utter stupidity and inexperience of our current president.

David Axelfraud

October 24th, 2009
11:47 am

Hatin’on the stupid, do you believe that the Onion is a real newspaper? Also, does your dead cat talk to you and tell you to do things?

David Axelfraud

October 24th, 2009
11:50 am

jconservative, the difference between FOX NEWS and the NY Times is that FOX doesn’t publish our National Security secrets for our enemies to read. Also, the Times have had to publish apologies on numerous occasions. Hell, MSNBC hack David Shuster admitted on LIVE TV that MSNBC had ZEEEEEEEEEEEEEEROOOOOOOOOOOOOO evidence of Rush Limbaugh saying racist comments.

David Axelfraud

October 24th, 2009
11:52 am

Algonquin J. Calhoun, like every other dingbat lib I ask, SHOW EVIDENCE, AND I DON;T MEAN CRAP THAT YOU FIND ON MEDIA MATTERS AND HUFFINGTONPISSED, BUT REAL EVIDENCE PROVING THAT FOX NEWS SPREADS LIES 80% OF THE TIME.

I swear, libs have the IQ of a carrot.

David Axelfraud

October 24th, 2009
11:55 am

Kyle, Joe Klein, another failing communist loving dingbat lib, has an article in TIME magazine, another failing magazine, about how FOX is a lying news channel. But whats funny is the fact that he doesn’t show anything that isn’t true.

Glenn Beck has asked communist loving Valerie Jarrett and Anita Dunn to call him and FOX personally and tell them what he has said that is wrong.

crickets……….chirp…chirp………….

Bottom line: Liberals are lying American hating losers who live off their parents money.

Sam

October 24th, 2009
12:11 pm

Why were none of you mental midgets unconcerned about too much power when Dick Cheney tried to turn this country into a monarchy?

Richie Rich

October 24th, 2009
12:14 pm

Hey Axelfraud, where you been? The library was closed so you didn’t have Internet access? It’s the conservatives that are haters: they hate poor people, they hate non-Christians, they hate people who aren’t the same color, they hate Darwin, they hate Al Gore, they hate Obama, they hate people from other countries. The list goes on and on. Conservatives hate EVERYONE!

Pablo

October 24th, 2009
12:28 pm

White House protestations against Fox News Channel would hold water if they were not pointing out to FNC’s OPINION shows. Their NEWS coverage is in my opinion, very good, and it doesn’t drip partisanship, as the ‘news’ coverage in MSNBC, CNN, and the other networks.

Now, the White House is walking in very thin ice here, and also giving FNC a ratings boost they do not really need as they are pounding everyone else to the ground as it is already. I think that if they look hard enough, they may be able to find other things in which to spend time more wisely.

Hatin'on the stupid

October 24th, 2009
12:43 pm

Fraud:
If your reaction is any indication, I must be getting pretty close to the truth. One of my favorite Fortunes:
“Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.”
Peace!

Stu

October 24th, 2009
12:50 pm

seek the truth and ye shall find it at http://mises.org

Hatin'on the stupid

October 24th, 2009
12:55 pm

Boogyman:”I think this attack is purely revenge for Fox’s investigative reporting of ACORN. As the former lawyer for Acorn, Obama has close relations with many Acorn leaders, and I think this was a warning shot to warn any News organization against messing with his buddies. Remember the poor auditor in Sacramento who was fired for a bad report on Obama’s buddy.”

Man you are just full of conspiracy theories today. It’s amazing to me that itsy bitsy Acorn is responsible for everything from the collapse of the massive financial sector is this country, to big O’s rift with Faux, to no doubt swine flu and everything else wrong with this country. You need to get outside more.

Audrey in Georgia

October 24th, 2009
1:11 pm

The fair and balanced Fox news was the only network that did not air a major speech on
health care reform by President Obama. Fox news chose to keep their viewers dumb and
uninformed. Fair and Balanced should include the opinion of everyone, especially the
President of the United States. I am glad the White House is not dealing with Fox. They
will never be able to present an intelligent unbiased debate if they are only going to present
one side of the argument. Instead of their slogan being “fair and balanced,” it should be
“Fox news, for the dumb, racist and uninformed. Our ratings are high because we are the
only network dumb enough for you.”

The REAL GodHatesTrash, Superstar

October 24th, 2009
2:10 pm

Whine. Whine, Whine.

Grow a spine.

The REAL GodHatesTrash, Superstar

October 24th, 2009
2:28 pm

Fox – news for morons, by morons. Defended by morons.

Linda

October 24th, 2009
2:42 pm

Americans are free to watch whatever news channel they prefer (at least for now) & viewers choose to watch Fox more than all the others combined. Fox interviews as many Democrats as Republicans & as many liberals as conservatives. Fox has only 2 opinion-based shows: Beck & Hannity. Hannity’s panel almost always has at least one liberal.
Fox didn’t show O’s major speech on health care reform because we’ve all heard it over & over again for months & it has nothing to do with health, care or reform.
The White House has no business “dealing” with any news stations.
Dumb & uninformed people don’t watch news shows.
Fox should not be considered racist just because they interview racists like Sharpton every now & then.

Joan

October 24th, 2009
3:25 pm

Linda–right on. Nobody here has mentioned the First Amendment, free speech. But it is First for a reason. You can always flip the channel–and I do–to try to get all sides of a question. But, if all we are left with are stations that are in the pocket of the administration–like MSNBC, CBS, NBC, we have really lost our way.

Linda

October 24th, 2009
4:29 pm

The attack against Fox News this week also included the first time in US history that a president banned an entire network from the White House Press Pool by refusing interviews with officials. The Pool consists of only 5 members: ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox & NBC, organized by the independent White House Correspondents Association which sponsors the costs. The other 4 members realized the absurdity of this attempt to ostracize one of their affiliates & probably the magnitude of the consequences. They have different perspectives but agree on free speech & free press. Admirably, they refused to interview unless Fox was included. The White House relented but reduced the interviews from 5 to 2 minutes each, as retaliation.
Trying to undermine, delegitimize & demonize a major news organization is shameful & reveals intimidation & desperation on the part of the WH. The principals & actions of the Press Pool are commendable.

David Axelfraud

October 24th, 2009
5:04 pm

Richie Rich, nah, we’re too busy making money and feeding our families to hate people like you. Besides, if you really care about homeless people then by all means, go and adopt one and bring them into your house.

Hatin’on the stupid, no, I like giving you a hard time because stupid people, such as yourself, are easy to run circles around.

Audrey in Georgia didn’t finish high school. How’s your mom’s trailer working out for you?

The REAL GodHatesTrash, Superstar, yeah, I guess people who finished college and have high paying jobs are really stupid for watching Fox. Say high to your boyfriend Bookman for me.

David Axelfraud

October 24th, 2009
5:05 pm

I just love the fact that troglodyte leftists like to bash FOX news yet at the same time watch it. I also love the fact that it’s ONE news channel out of 7-8 liberal crap channels like MSNBC, CBS and CNN.

Proud American

October 24th, 2009
5:13 pm

It’s amazing how you liberal pukes only want to praise those who attend the alter of Obozo.
I tell you this don’t let the ACORN hit you in the head, I ask all Americans to get out to the polls and let’s retake America.
We talk about what our fore fathers invisioned for our country, how they fought for our freedom, I implore you lets vote Obozo and his croonies out.

Audrey in Georgia

October 24th, 2009
5:41 pm

Fox disrespects the President of the United States. No one should be subjected to that
type of behavior. I have watched them a few times and they are delirious with hatred and
disrespect for the President. If there is anyone on this planet, living or dead, that can
discredit the President, Fox is turning over graves trying to find them.

Kyle's A Cherry Picker

October 24th, 2009
6:00 pm

Hi Kyle,

Some especially good cherry picking with regards to Fox.

We both know that Fox is bent on undermining Obama, and that such a mindset is much different thing than actual reporting on an Administration. How could anyone possibly consider the cheerleading that Fox did on behalf of the “tea parties” objective? What if CBS news had orchestrated some faux citizen protests over the Bush Administration’s questionable invasion of a soverign country, then covered those events like a news story? I think Cheney would have gone down there with a gun hisownself.

I’m in agreement with those who think that the President should not have engaged Fox on this matter. But that’s more because the President shouldn’t give them the credit of the debate. There’s really no debate that they’re not a credible news source.
.
What a joke that station is. Their whole editorial principle is based on the old “have you stopped beating your wife” tactic to produce a sensational headline: President Obama Denies That He Has Stopped Beating His Wife. And then Hannity and Beck have something to talk about.

They’re the TMZ if political news.

Linda

October 24th, 2009
6:54 pm

Audrey, when you say “Fox” disrespects the president, who specifically are you referring to? During the week, there are 10 shows with at least 15 anchors & hundreds of commentators & guests, half of them liberals & Democrats. Who at or on Fox is disrespecting the president? When you say “no one” should be subjected to that type of behavior, who specifically are you referring to, the president or Fox viewers? Rather than “no one” being subjected to that type of behavior, just what did you have in mind? What about free speech & remote controls? Fox does not need to turn over any graves but just observe the woodwork to see what’s coming out. The real questions are: is Fox disrespecting the president or is the president disrespecting the presidency AND is Fox attempting to discredit the president or is the president discrediting himself, his presidency & his promises to the American people?

David Axelfraud

October 24th, 2009
6:58 pm

Audrey in Georgia, where were you the last 8 years?????? Oh yeah, you were right there cheering on CNN, CBS, NBC, PBS and MSNBC while they called Bush names and made fun of him. If you don’t like FOX you can choose not to watch it. You’re in the same class of people who say that FOX and Rush Limbaugh are irrelevant yet talk about them 24/7.

Kyle’s A Cherry Picker writes: What if CBS news had orchestrated some faux citizen protests over the Bush Administration’s questionable invasion of a soverign country, then covered those events like a news story?

Now Cheery Picker, you are either stupid or you have been living on Mars for 8 years. Maybe you have selective amnesia because only a moron would forget about the Dan Rather fake Bush national guard documents that got Dan Rather fired from CBS. IF you want to talk about FAUX news then you need to start with CBS for making up lies about President Bush.

David Axelfraud

October 24th, 2009
6:59 pm

Linda, Audrey thinks 911 was an inside job and she also thinks that the Daily Show is real news.

Linda

October 24th, 2009
7:21 pm

Kyle, for your information, there’s only 2 shows on Fox that are opinion-based, Beck & Hannity. Therefore, Fox as a whole is not bent on undermining O.
Fox didn’t orchestrate the grassroots tea parties. They reported on them & yes, they cheered on the AMERICAN PEOPLE of all parties, both liberals & conservatives, who agree that govt. spending is TOTALLY out of control, that the govt. is spending $ we do not have, for junk we don’t need, causing unemployment to continue to rise, borrowing $ from countries that don’t like us, jeopardizing our national security, creating a debt that will affect our grandchildren, putting our country at risk of bankruptcy & printing money like crazy that will cause hyperinflation. Fox didn’t call the white nor the black participants racists. That wasn’t objective?
If Fox isn’t the most credible TV news source, why do they have more viewers than all the others combined?
Your comment about wife-beating isn’t rational. You can’t tell what type of tshirts the anchors wear under their shirts & coats.

Audrey in Georgia

October 24th, 2009
7:28 pm

David and Linda, get a grip on life, okay! We all know 911 happened after Bush was in office
9 months. President Obama has been in office 10 months. Looks like we are safer with
Obama in office! I know this is hard for you guys. I felt the same way when Bush was in
office for 8 years. Go on with your lives and try to make the best of it. Try to stop harboring
so much hatred. Go find a hobby or better yet, help your mother out around the house!

Linda

October 24th, 2009
8:29 pm

Audrey, I’ve never felt so scared for this country in my sixty yrs on earth. My mother died 16 yrs. ago. Your comments are very hurtful.

Lewis

October 24th, 2009
9:03 pm

I hope those who support limits on government involvement in this case reach the same position on other issues facing us today such as: Whether two people want to marry. Whether a person chooses to take a pregnancy to term. Whether one wants to use the courts to redress grievances. Whether one wants to exercise their First Amendment constitutional rights.

David Axelfraud

October 24th, 2009
9:12 pm

Audrey in Georgia, the only reason you feel safe is because Bush had the balls and leadership to take action against islamic tyranny. You’re just to naive and biased to see that. Anyone who can’t get over one news channel for calling out President Bozo Hussein needs to get a life.

It took Obama Hussein 4 months to make a decision on what dog to get his daughters. That right there should scare the crap out of you since he can’t make up his mind on Afghanistan, a war he said was essential to America. Oh and by the way, unemployment is at 10%. It’s HIS economy and HIS war now. He didn’t inherit anything. He CHOOSE to become president.

David Axelfraud

October 24th, 2009
9:14 pm

Lewis, it should be up to the states to decide. Not the federal government. Out of 13 states, 13 states have voted gay marriage down. California and Oregon voted it down. Now, go on screaming about how bigoted Georgia is all while the rest of the country votes it down.

David Axelfraud

October 24th, 2009
9:15 pm

Audrey in Georgia, you want to know something that will really get your granny panties in a knot?

WE WERE ATTACKED FOUR TIMES UNDER CLINTON. F-O-U-R TIMES!!!!!!

WE WERE ATTACKED ONE TIME UNDER BUSH. O-N-E!!!!!!

Linda

October 24th, 2009
10:26 pm

Lewis, according to the Declaration of Independence, we were endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights. The Creator has different titles & I don’t know how you refer to yours, but there’s not a single religion in the world today or their respective religious texts that condones sex outside of marriage or murder. Remember LIFE, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. I pray that God will bless you & yours.

dafatha

October 24th, 2009
11:19 pm

What about this one Linda?

They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul; and everyone who would not seek the Lord, the God of Israel, was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman. (2 Chronicles 15:12-13 NAB)

dafatha

October 24th, 2009
11:20 pm

This one’s nice:

Whoever strikes his father or mother shall be put to death. (Exodus 21:15 NAB)

dafatha

October 24th, 2009
11:22 pm

Meanwhile, the LORD instructed one of the group of prophets to say to another man, “Strike me!” But the man refused to strike the prophet. Then the prophet told him, “Because you have not obeyed the voice of the LORD, a lion will kill you as soon as you leave me.” And sure enough, when he had gone, a lion attacked and killed him. (1 Kings 20:35-36 NLT)

Audrey in Georgia

October 24th, 2009
11:56 pm

It seems like all you scared people need to man up and lock and load! It’s going to be a quite a ride. Happy New Year!

Linda

October 25th, 2009
12:02 am

Dafatha, I’m not sure what your scriptures have to do with my comments to Lewis about marriage & pregnancy, but I enjoyed reading them & I pray that God will bless you & yours. For all the animal rights people, let me ask Dafatha, according to the Bible, who slew the first animals & why & where is this passage? Where & how in the Bible does it predict that animal rights people will go overboard? Goodnight. See you tomorrow.

Road Scholar

October 25th, 2009
9:15 am

Has anyone realized the hate and venom which not only is on this blog, but is displayed on the all day news (and I use this term loosely) networks? The intensity of the volume (and using capital letters in your written response) does not mean your response is more intelligent or accurate! No manners, insults, asking a question and then cutting off the responder after a few words, etc. are not a sign of righteousness or correctness! They are a sign of disrespect and stupidity! This goes for both sides.

Are the hosts so worried that someone may think about what is to be said, versus the shock treatment shoved back down their throats? This goes for Beck, Hannity, Limbaugh as well as Oberman, Chris Mathews, and others. While I may not agree with Maddow, she at least has facts and thoughtful questions where she allows the guest (conserve or liberal) to respond.

Yeah, Fox has liberals on, but they rarely allow them to explain their position or thoughts/concerns that they may have. Beck is a melodramatic jerk whose show reminds me of a bad soap opera. Emotion no; pandering yes.

Michael H. Smith

October 25th, 2009
9:28 am

Must the government be involved in every conflict?

The short answer is, NO!

When governance is at its’ best, government should have few conflicts to resolve.

Do even self-professed conservatives like Hatch now subscribe to this idea?

Can’t speak for Senator Hatch but I will say he is wrong.

Kyle, the question you didn’t ask that I believe you should have posed in your blog is the same one essentially asked of President Obama in an ABC interview:

Who determines what is the news or newsworthy?

It certainly isn’t Mr. Obama and those around him nor is it the function of government to say what news is or what the news shall be and what entity or entities shall report it.

Clearly Mr. Obama and his administration have crossed the constitutional line on this one. Rightly, even news outlets considered as liberal have stepped up to the plate – to their credit – in defense of the freedom of the press and the freedom of speech.

It is seldom I have anything kind to say about the liberal media. However, in this evolving case, they have EARNED RESPECTABILITY. Something our President and those of his administration should take special note of in their attempts to depose of their critics and so-called opponents.

It was obvious, at least to me, Bush and those of his administration showed a similar practice of avoiding parts of the press and media that did not favor them. However, even Bush did not go so far as this President and those under him have now gone to muzzle opposing speech and violate the first amendment of the Constitution.

Only the office of the Presidency deserves unmerited respect, a respect for the President MUST BE EARNED!

“To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”

~ Theodore Roosevelt

booger

October 25th, 2009
10:53 am

Fox news exposed ACORN for what they really are. Fox news was the first to show the rantings of Reverand Wright. Fox news was the first to expose Obama’s association with Bill Ayers, a self avowed terrorist. Fox news was the first and possibly only one to run the tape of Obama’s communications director stating her favorite political philosopher was Mao. Fox news was the first to report that Van Jones, Obama’s “green manufacturing czar” was a self avowed communist.

Now some of you are saying this is not really news worthy, but I recall when the left and the main stream media had so demonized the oil industry that Bush’s association with oil exectutives was worthy of wide spread coverage.

Having knowledge of the things Fox news uncovers is very important to me and apparently many others. Some of you, however, would prefer to remain in an ignorant bliss about your chozen one.