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NEWS TO MUSE: Plummeting Credibility, Glass Houses and a Civic Lesson for a President

The Media Spin Cycle

“Survey shows that US uninsured rate has plummeted.”  That was the headline in my morning Sun Sentinel newspaper.  The most “plummeting” came from states with the highest uninsured rates (well duh!) and that had set up state exchanges (another, well duh!).  But, that was NOT the story.  Let us recall that Obamacare was to provide coverage for between 35 and 40 million Americans – and a lot of young people.  Without that, Obamacare will either crash and burn, or will be propped up by ever increasing truck loads of taxpayer money until the entire American economy crashes and burns.  Once I read the story, I found it depends on what you mean by “plummeting.”  The news article was based on a Gallup survey.  “It found that nationwide the rate of uninsured adults declined from 17.3 percent in 2013 to 13.8 percent last year,” quoting the news report.  That’s a 3.5 percent improvement over two years.  This is not even the Obamacare impact because some percentage must be attributable to the lowering unemployment rate, with workers getting company sponsored insurance coverage.  I am sure this spin will cause President Obama to continue his daily exercise of running victory laps.  He habitually claims victories by continuing to lower the definition of success.  If you think that is an unfair assessment, you should recall when Obama said his stimulus package reduce unemployment to 6 percent in 6 month.  It took six years (and the successes of a lot of Republican governors) to reach that mark.  But still, the victory lap.  He is still taking victory laps over his Middle East anti-terrorist policy (ending a war in Iraq that is still raging with US boots on the ground), and you know how that is going.  He still speaks proudly of his international coalition, although their presence is nowhere to be seen.  The simple fact is that Obamacare enrollment is far below the target figure of even dubious sustainability, and the young folks are not signing up.  The only thing I see plummeting is the President’s credibility.

What’s Good for the Gander ain’t so Good for the Goose

Speaking of plummeting credibility, Hillary Clinton’s creds as a feminist maybe taking a dive.   One of the cable news stations (not sure which one since I channel surf) reported that Hillary’s recently announced campaign team does not have a single woman in leadership.  Another reported that while she was Secretary of State, the female staffers were paid less than the boys.  If you want to break through glass ceilings, it is better not to live in a glass house.  That’s a double “tks tsk” for Lady Clinton.  And by the way … she has recently become harder to find than Waldo.  Maybe that’s because her poll numbers are better when she is not talking.

This Kid Could not be Obama’s Son

Remember when President Obama said that Travon Martin could have been his son – although Obama doesn’t have a son.  I am sure Obama would not say that about 12-year-old C.J Pearson — maybe because the kid obviously loves America so much.  I think he has a better response to Rudy Giuliani’s calling out Obama than any of the GOP presidential candidates.  If you have not seen the video, check it out.  http://www.thepoliticalinsider.com/whoa-watch-this-12-year-old-student-destroy-obama-about-isis-awesome/

NEWS TO MUSE: Pressing Press Questions, More Liberal Lack of Logic and “The Winner is … “

Gottcha Scott Walker

Obviously, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker does not appreciate stupid press questions and he got two of them recently.  Does he believe in evolution and does he believe that President Obama is a Christian.  In both cases, the presidential hopeful refused to answer the questions.  His refusal is well grounded, but his reply was a bit maladroit.  In that regard, the School of Gottcha Journalism won another round as virtually every news and talk show spent an enormous amount of time debating whether the questions were appropriate or the product of a biased press — or whether Walkers answers were some sort of policy statements on God’s creation … oooops … God’s evolution and Obama’s relationship with God.  If he was not running for President of the United States, he could have just said: WTF?  An interesting footnote: Way back when, when Hillary Clinton was asked is Obama was a Muslim, she hedged her response, “I think he’s a Christian, AS FAR AS I KNOW.”  Geez! All this debate over Obama’s religions.  Personally, I don’t think he is all that religious no matter what he is, and there’s nothing wrong with that AS FAR AS I KNOW.

Bashing Bush Liberal Logic Style

Democrats and the press are most eager to hang everything they did not like about George W around the neck of Jeb Bush even though he was never part of either his father’s or his brother’s administrations.  I note this be cause a panel of libs on MSNBC made every argument they could to tie Jeb to what they believe are the sins of the father (and the brother).  However, when the conversation turned to Hillary Clinton, the same group opined that she would bear no burden for any unpopular policies of President Obama because they were his policies, and not hers.  In case you missed the liberal logical lapse, here it is.  If you are related to the President, but not part of the administration, you are tied to the policies (if you are a Republican, that is).  However, if you are the top Cabinet officer, an advisor to the President and faithfully caring out presidential policies (and you are a Democrat), you are absolved from all blame.  The mistake liberals make is assuming the public is stupid (a la Jonathon Gurber) or “low information voters” as liberals often call the unwashed masses.  Actually, the public has good common sense.  It is probably why FOX News gets the highest ratings.

Piling on Rudy

Rudy does not think Obama loves America.  His private opinion, along with Scott Walker’s lack of opinions, has dominated the news for two days already.  Maybe it was a poor choice of words, but I think a LOT of Americans wonder why this President always seems to be criticizing and apologizing for America.  He relegates American Exceptionalism to nothing more than common chest-pounding nationalism.  What struck me is the volume and nastiness of liberal animus.  White House spokesperson talked of Giuliani as if  he was getting senile, and pitied they hopeless damage to the former mayor’s lifetime reputation.  I found Earnest to be pitiful, but that is his job description under the Obama White House.  Another pundit on MSNBC said he found Giuliani’s comments “incoherent.”   When Joe Scarborough argued that as a private citizen, Giuliani is entitled to his opinion, co-host Mika Brzezinski insisted he is not a private citizen.  And they call the voters “low information.”  Of course, ever predictable Al Sharpton reached deep into his one-word vocabulary to call Giuliani a racist.

Hollywood’s High Holiday – Academy Awards Night

I have determined that the Academy Awards’ PR people have only one post awards press release with a number of blanks to fill in.  There is that political statement — this time women pay equality from a woman making a gazillion times more than most men.  Then there is the dress.  The new twist in the overexposed category was host, Neil Patrick Harris, appearing in his tidy whities.  J. K. Simmons elevated the “thanks ma moment” to a universal show of appreciation usually reserved for Mothers’ Day.  It was all so … so typical … so boring.

Post Script

Has the liberal press forgotten that ISIS is on a rampage, innocent people are being murdered every day, Russia continues to advance in the Ukraine, etc., etc., etc.  Well, I guess a press that can ask the Attorney General to quack like a duck or ask then President Clinton if he wears boxers or briefs cannot be expected to focus on serious issues.