A Bunch of Obama Cheerleaders

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  1. Philobeado
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    The Media Research Center did an analysis of the lamestream media's coverage of Obama's first 100 days. Guess what? Turns out that they have done a great job of sending tingles up their legs but a lousy job acting as watchdogs.

    MRC analysts looked at all 982 broadcast evening news stories about Obama and his administration from Inauguration Day (January 20) through April 29. Here are some of the interesting, though not surprising, things that they found:

    - Obama's first 100 days were defined by massive spending, aggressive intervention in the private sector and proposals for a huge expansion of the federal government. Yet none of the networks aired a single story on whether Obama's policies were pushing the U.S. toward socialism, and no reporter used the term "socialist" to describe Obama.

    - Not only that, network reporters never used the word "liberal" to describe either Barack Obama or his agenda during the first 100 days.

    - The networks lavished good press on every major initiative of the early Obama administration, including the massive stimulus package, all of the various bailouts, health care, stem cells, the environment and foreign policy.

    - In the days before the President unveiled his unprecedented $3.5 trillion budget -- with a record-shattering $1.75 trillion deficit -- four out of five statements on the evening newscasts parroted the White House spin that Obama was a deficit fighter.

    - Reporters treated Obama's hugely expensive $787 billion stimulus bill to mainly positive coverage (58 percent positive, 42 percent negative).

    - The networks applauded Obama's decision to use taxpayer money to fund embryo-destroying stem cell research (82% positive coverage).

    - Network coverage of Obama's mortgage bailout was also positive -- 59% of statements supported the bailout or wanted even more intervention, compared to 41% who opposed the bailout as unfair to responsible homeowners.

    - Reporters heavily skewed their coverage in favor of the President's actions on global warming (78% positive).

    - President Obama's decision to send thousands of additional troops to Afghanistan was greeted by nearly unanimous (91%) positive coverage -- a far cry from the highly negative coverage of President Bush's successful troop surge in Iraq two years ago.

    - Like Obama and the Democrats, the networks went on a feeding frenzy against big corporate bonuses. The networks aired six times more statements forwarding the "infuriated" reaction to business (104) than criticized politicians' grandstanding (16).

    - The networks spent days decrying AIG's $165 million bonuses, but hardly mentioned the $210 million in bonuses handed out by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the bailed-out mortgage giants with strong Democratic ties). ABC and NBC completely ignored the Fannie and Freddie bonuses, while the CBS Evening News gave it 27 seconds.

    They made him. They must support him.

    NOTHING BUT A BUNCH OF OBAMA CHEERLEADERS - Nealz Nuze on boortz.com
     
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    Hey Phil... Maybe there's a reason behind Media Research Center's take...

    Media Research Center Inc. (MRC) is a conservative media watchdog group run by president and founder Brent Bozell. In 2006 the MRC had total revenue of $10.8 million and 50 full-time staff members. It is predominately funded by larger right-wing foundations.

    Funding
    The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Inc.
    Sarah Scaife Foundation
    Castle Rock Foundation
    John M. Olin Foundation, Inc.
    The Carthage Foundation
    JM Foundation

    Translation: Big oil, big coal, big mining, big wars...

    AND...

    Brent Bozell
    is Executive Director of the Conservative Victory Committee (CVC), "an independent multi-candidate political action committee that has helped elect dozens of conservative candidates over the past ten years.
    Source Watch
     
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    Exactly - so many in the media are totally invested in the success of Obama, it would take an incredibly adverse downturn in public support to alter that, and these same media figures would fight such a downturn every step of the way in the hopes of altering it.

    Chris Mathews openly admitted he was going to do everything he could to see that this administration succeeds.

    We are as close to a state-run media as we have ever been...
     
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    So...does Mr. Boortz suggest what the media SHOULD have been talking about? As for network coverage, apparently Mr. Boortz has forgotten that they basically have a grand total of 20 minutes to cover "news" (the other 10 is advertising). Every time I read something by Neal Boortz, I conclude that I'm in the wrong business. Someone actually PAYS HIM for his conclusions?
     
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    Obama's doing a great job.

    I'm glad the media(except for Fox) is supporting him.
     
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    Well, ol' Bushie baby had his cheerleaders, but they have all melted into the fog with the totality of his failures. If President Barak Hussein Obama fails as miserably as Bushie baby, he too, will find that his supporters really did not support him.
     
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    Never address the facts, just attack the messenger.
    Are you a $cientologist by any chance?

    How about if you address the facts that are posted? If they are wrong, you should easily be able to prove that, you have the entire internet at your fingertips.
     
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    Funnily enough, they didn't feel the need to cover whether Obama was, in fact, a crocodile either. Maybe they don't feel the need to address issues that are so obviously ridiculous?
     

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