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patriot45
02-22-2010, 08:11 PM
So true and so sad! (http://townhall.com/columnists/NickRizzuto/2010/02/22/blame_the_media_for_the_birther_movement)



As President Obama's approval numbers continue to spiral downward, the left has purposefully tried to tie the increasingly popular small government conservative movement to the largely fringe "birthers". In the spirit of full disclosure, I am not a birther. I happen to believe that President Obama was born in Hawaii and was therefore eligible to be sworn in as President of the United States on inauguration day. That being said, I can't help but feel a little bit of sympathy for the birthers. Ultimately, the rise of the birther movement is the fault of a deficit of curiosity about Barack Obama on the part of the media.

As a result of his lack of experience in both the private and public sectors, coupled with his relative youth, President Obama's personal records are extremely thin. There are huge gaps in what we know about Barack Obama, whereas previous presidents have been open books. The media normally seems to revel in uncovering the seedy and controversial side of every political figure, but they have never exhibited the same interest in President Obama. Every president has had embarrassing issues arise from their past, but President Obama's level of secrecy, meant to maintain his squeaky clean veneer, only serves to fuel speculation.

Since day one Barack Obama has maintained an extreme amount of control over his image. One of the most important elements of that image has been the narrative of his past. To this end Mr. Obama has written two book that serve as the primary basis for this narrative. The media, whose very purpose is to be inquisitive, seems all too willing to accept it without question. Both Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of hope received scant scrutiny or fact checking. For comparison, the Associated Press devoted 11 reporters to pore over every word of Sarah Palin's Going Rogue.

Another example of the difference in inquisitiveness that the media has shown for this president as opposed to previous ones can be seen by the 2004 investigation of President George W. Bush's military records. The search for dirt on President Bush was so fevered that some seemed willing to throw journalistic standards to the wind in pursuit of something that would stick. Distinguished careers were destroyed in the attempt to uncover details about President Bush’s past.

At the time Bush began his stint in the Air National Guard, he was 22 years old. When Obama was 22, he was still a student at Columbia University. An investigation along the same lines as the Bush Air National Guard investigation would be impossible because Obama has not allowed the release of his college records. Unfortunately, the media seems to be perfectly content with this lack of access to key events in our presidents past and for all intents and purposes considers the matter to be a non-issue.

The birthers are naturally being drawn to and are fueled by the alternative media because nearly all of the negative press Barack Obama has received, including his controversial associations from his past, has originated with these sources. While most of the media treated us to puff pieces during the 2008 election, investigations into Obama associates like Reverend Wright and Bill Ayers percolated and exploded almost exclusively out of traditionally conservative outlets and the blogosphere. Mainstream sources on the other hand fiercely fought to discredit these stories, even when these controversies deserved scrutiny and provided a rare insight into candidate Obama.

President Obama's secrecy about his past and the media's apparent lack of interest in it does not assume that they are colluding to cover something up, but it does leave plenty of room for people who are conspiratorially inclined to fill in the blanks. Seeing as the left increasingly sees the birther movement as an albatross to tie around the neck of their enemies on the right, we can most likely chalk up the media’s lack of curiosity to good old-fashioned left wing bias. But even if bias is to blame, it's only natural that some would confuse their lack of investigation to be evidence of malfeasance.

Presuming the media’s love affair with President Obama continues, we can assume that their lack of curiosity will as well. For those who profess such admiration for the President but don’t seem to care much about whom he was prior to his emergence on the public stage though the question remains: Are you scared of what you'll find?

PoliCon
02-22-2010, 09:53 PM
the question remains: Are you scared of what you'll find?
Answer: No. They are scared of what WE the people might find out.

MrsSmith
02-22-2010, 10:20 PM
Surely, it would be racist to question THIS President's past??



:rolleyes:

patriot45
02-22-2010, 10:41 PM
Surely, it would be racist to question THIS President's past??



:rolleyes:

Hah! I don't mind being called a birther! When the 0 is gone we are going to find out tons about the commie!

wilbur
02-22-2010, 10:46 PM
Nice! Substitute "Birther" for "AGW Denialist" and we'll have an even better, more accurate article (well, at least the headline).

patriot45
02-22-2010, 10:46 PM
Nice! Substitute "Birther" for "AGW Denialist" and we'll have an even better, more accurate article.

Go outside and play in the snow!

PoliCon
02-22-2010, 10:47 PM
Nice! Substitute "Birther" for "AGW Denialist" and we'll have an even better, more accurate article.

Put down the crack pipe . . . .

MountainMan
02-22-2010, 10:57 PM
I blame birthers and the media for the birther movement.....He is a citizen, get over it and stop listening to losers like Alex Jones people.

patriot45
02-22-2010, 11:03 PM
I blame birthers and the media for the birther movement.....He is a citizen, get over it and stop listening to losers like Alex Jones people.

I'm convinced now!:rolleyes: Thanks for dismissing a valid question! Did you get the gist of the article? I know as much about the 0's past as I know about you!
The point is that a conservative would have been vetted in public from thier birth!
Deny it.

Rockntractor
02-22-2010, 11:08 PM
I blame birthers and the media for the birther movement.....He is a citizen, get over it and stop listening to losers like Alex Jones people.
Actually it was Hillary's people that started the whole investigation before the primaries.

MountainMan
02-22-2010, 11:12 PM
I'm convinced now!:rolleyes: Thanks for dismissing a valid question! Did you get the gist of the article? I know as much about the 0's past as I know about you!
The point is that a conservative would have been vetted in public from thier birth!
Deny it.
Nobody doubts Bobby Jindal's American citizenship and BOTH his parents are from India. At least Obumble has one parent of American citizenship!

The birther movement sprang forth from a few cranks on our side and from there is was picked up by the liberal media because they want to smear the WHOLE conservative movement with those cranks.
So yes, not only do I deny the premise, I think anyone who believes this garbage needs to reconsider having electroshock therapy.

MountainMan
02-22-2010, 11:14 PM
Actually it was Hillary's people that started the whole investigation before the primaries.

And like with the whole "Clinton circle of death" a few cranks on our side sprang forth to try and make money by selling videos and books nobody reads (ie Alex Jones) and in doing so, discredits the conservative movement.

Rockntractor
02-22-2010, 11:16 PM
And like with the whole "Clinton circle of death" a few cranks on our side sprang forth to try and make money by selling videos and books nobody reads (ie Alex Jones) and in doing so, discredits the conservative movement.
Rinos do a lot more damage than the handful of bunker conservatives.

MountainMan
02-22-2010, 11:17 PM
Rinos do a lot more damage than the handful of bunker conservatives.

Not when they play into the leftwing media hags they don't. I'll personally take a Susan Collins over an Alex Jones anyday.

patriot45
02-22-2010, 11:19 PM
Nobody doubts Bobby Jindal's American citizenship and BOTH his parents are from India. At least Obumble has one parent of American citizenship!

The birther movement sprang forth from a few cranks on our side and from there is was picked up by the liberal media because they want to smear the WHOLE conservative movement with those cranks.
So yes, not only do I deny the premise, I think anyone who believes this garbage needs to reconsider having electroshock therapy.

Well that makes sense. Bobby J. If he aspires to any higher office will be picked apart!
You call us cranks but to this day nothing from the 0's past has been front paged!
I only believe this "stuff" is because there has been 0 scrutiny to refute! Do you get it? There is nothing to go by, no records of anything!

Rockntractor
02-22-2010, 11:21 PM
Not when they play into the leftwing media hags they don't. I'll personally take a Susan Collins over an Alex Jones anyday.

The media will play anything they want with or without your permission! By the way, you are racist for being conservative.

djones520
02-22-2010, 11:23 PM
The media will play anything they want with or without your permission! By the way, you are racist for being conservative.

So are you! :D

Rockntractor
02-22-2010, 11:25 PM
So are you! :D
I hate myself for it and go to the mail box on my knees in gravel just to punish myself everyday!:D

djones520
02-22-2010, 11:26 PM
I hate myself for it and go to the mail box on my knees in gravel just to punish myself everyday!:D

At least your not in the military. I'm a racist who should be in the Hague for war crimes. :(

Rockntractor
02-22-2010, 11:27 PM
At least your not in the military. I'm a racist who should be in the Hague for war crimes. :(
I can only imagine what that must be like!