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Why the media should apologize – Roger Simon – Politico.com

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Roger Simon of Politico.com has written a brilliant column on the media’s coverage of the Palin pick.  I’ve posted part of it here, read it all after the jump.

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On behalf of the media, I would like to say we are sorry.

On behalf of the elite media, I would like to say we are very sorry.

We have asked questions this week that we should never have asked.

We have asked pathetic questions like: Who is Sarah Palin? What is her record? Where does she stand on the issues? And is she is qualified to be a heartbeat away from the presidency?

We have asked mean questions like: How well did John McCain know her before he selected her? How well did his campaign vet her? And was she his first choice?

Read the rest here: Why the media should apologize – Roger Simon – Politico.com.

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Written by J.P. Franklin

September 4, 2008 at 11:08 am

And the Democratic VP Nominee is…

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Joe Biden demonstrates the proper way to hold a broadsword, at least I hope that's what he's doing.

Joe Biden demonstrates the proper way to wield a broadsword, at least I hope that's what he's doing.

Joe Biden!  But if you’re like me, you already know that because you’ve had you’re cell phone on you at all times this week you getting a boner every time you got a message because it might be the one.  And you were awaken by your cell phone at 3 am (apparently Barack thinks we can all answer the 3 am phone call.

Joe is a six-term Senator from the state of Delaware (Hey, it’s bigger than Rhode Island).  He is a guy who says what’s on his mind, which is good because he can go after McCain for Obama.  He once said that Rudy Guliani constructs a sentence with a noun, a verb, and 9/11.  I think he’s a good pick, but I really don’t think the Vice Presidential nominee is a huge deal.  But this has become a media circus.  There have been camera crews and helicopters over the homes of the possible picks.  Chet Edwards comes straight out of fucking nowhere to be a possible candidate.  Who the Fuck is Chet Edwards?  We get to see Evan Bayh in his kitchen eating yogurt.  LEAVE EVAN BAYH ALONE!! I’M SERIOUS!!!

This is why I watch The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, I may be the only person under seventy who watches it, but I do.  They aren’t showing me Evan Bayh eating yogurt in his kitchen.  Do you know why?  It’s because they don’t give no fucks about ratings.  They simply give you the straight news, the stuff that matters, the issues.  I don’t care if Joe Biden ordered a pizza, or what his mailman has to say about it.  I don’t care if Joe Biden “took a dump” in his truck.  I want to know what he thinks about the conflict in Georgia.  I haven’t heard much coverage of his trip to the region but I’ve seen coverage of him bringing bagels to reporters.

The worst part of it is that it all plays into this “Obama is the biggest celebrity in the world” bullshit.  This accusation by the McCain campaign isn’t so much a swipe at Obama as it is a swipe at the American people and our celebrity obsessed culture.  I keep hearing talking heads asking, “Why isn’t Obama pulling ahead?”.  IT’S BECAUSE YOU ASSHOLES WON’T TELL PEOPLE ABOUT THE ISSUES!!!!  You tell us he doesn’t wear a flag pin.  You tell us his middle name is Hussein.  Stop, please, it’s out of control.

Written by J.P. Franklin

August 23, 2008 at 2:59 pm

Could Colin Powell be Obama’s Veep?

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There has been a lot of buzz on the interwebs today that Colin Powell will likely announce his support of Barack Obama and may even speak at the Democratic convention.  This coming just two days after Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, who is overseeing organization of the convention, hinted that Obama’s VP pick may have a military background.The Night that the VP pick is scheduled to speak is also the night that is dedicated to veterans and their families.

I think Colin Powell could be the perfect pick for Obama.  Powell has quite an impressive resume.  He is a retired Army General, former National Security Adviser, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Secretary of State. There has been a lot of talk about Chuck Hagel being a possible choice as a show of bipartisanship by Obama.  Selecting someone from the other side of the aisle would be an excellent way to bring over some Republican voters who aren’t sure about Obama but aren’t pleased with John McCain as the nominee.  Despite his serving in the Bush administration, many Democrats respect Colin Powell for his honesty when he admitted he had been mislead by intelligence about Iraq.

Colin Powell is known as a moderate Republican, he has been criticized by some conservatives as being too liberal on some issues.  Powell is pro-choice, which makes him more palatable to Democrats than pro lifer Chuck Hagel.  He also supports “reasonable” gun control and affirmative action.

Colin Powell brings an encyclopedic knowledge of the military and has a history with many of our military leaders.  Serving as Secretary of State, Colin Powell has built a strong rapport with many world leaders and is highly respected in the international community.  Powell’s experience would quell McCain’s attacks that Obama is a risky pick because he “isn’t ready to lead on day one”, because with Colin Powell by he side he doesn’t really need to be, Powell can help guide him when the need arises.  Who better to answer the phone at 3 a.m. than Colin Powell?