Do tell…

30 12 2008
Christmas day the Washington Post had on it’s front page a story about Obama and his workout:
“The sun glinted off chiseled pectorals sculpted during four weightlifting sessions each week, and a body toned by regular treadmill runs and basketball games.”The subtitle of the piece is “Gym Workouts Help Obama Carry the Weight of His Position.”
But Los Angeles Times writer Jonathan Chait had this to say, “Am I the only person who finds this disturbing? . . . What I mean is the fact that [he] has an obsession with exercise that borders on the creepy.” Recounting how [he] ran 3.5 miles a day and preached more cross-training to a federal judge.
“Does the leader of the free world need to attain that level of physical achievement?” he jeered. “It’s nice …that he can take an hour or two out of every day to run, bike or pump iron. Unfortunately, most of us have more demanding jobs than he does.”Why the difference? Why would the Washington Post praise Obama so over his physical fitness when the LA Times writer was so very critical? I wonder…, could it be the fact that the Post was writing about their new Super Hero, Barack Obama, while the Los Angeles Times article was done a few years back, and written about George W. Bush? Hmmm.

There is a simple truth here. If they like you, you can virtually do no wrong. If they don’t like you, it really doesn’t matter what you do.

The press has never really been free of bias, but they have never been quite so blunt about it as now. A few years back we’d never have referred to a “liberal media” or a “conservative media”, even if there had been such a thing. Once upon a time the press was out to dig dirt where they could find it, because that’s what sold newspapers and selling newspapers was their business. Now, apparently, that must not be where the money is.

And their business this last election cycle was in displaying their muscle. They wanted to put their editorial page out front. I’m surprised that they didn’t literally do that, put their editorials on page one. You gotta believe they wanted to.

Sadly it would seem, it didn’t quite work out, as with opinions, well, like other things – everybody’s got one. And there are plenty enough to go around… so they don’t ‘sell’ very well. Prospects in the newspaper business have never been this low.

Maybe if they would have just stuck to the news… Choosing sides might not be a good business plan when there is cash money involved. There are plenty of channels on the TV, enough for everybody.


Thanks RightWingSparkle




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15 01 2009

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