The ugly news just came out that Senator Ted Kennedy has a malignant brain
"Preliminary results from a biopsy of the brain
identified the cause of the seizure as a malignant glioma in the left parietal
lobe," the doctors said in a statement, adding that treatment would likely
include "combinations of various forms of radiation and
Politics take a back seat - way, way back - to situations like
this. I don't care if you are Republican or Democrat, conservative or
liberal. Let Mr. Kennedy be well again.
Realistically the odds are long against him beating this condition. But
I hope he does beat it completely and lives many more productive years.
And I hope you agree.
TWO TASTES OF WHAT MEDIA ALLOW OBAMA TO GET AWAY WITH
Here are two postings from the wonderful site www.powerlineblog.com, both of which
demonstrate just how much Barack Obama is getting away with from our "neutral"
The first, written by Scott Johnson, details Mr. Obama's in-your-face lie
about whether he was advocating negotiations with Iran's head of state,
to your leader (whoever he may be)
Michael Goldfarb finds Barack Obama foreign policy adviser Susan Rice providing the
nuance to Wolf Blitzer on Obama's commitment to meet with Iran's leader:
BLITZER: How does Senator Obama
defend that decision to meet without preconditions with a leader like
RICE: Well, first of all, he said he'd meet
with the appropriate Iranian leaders. He hasn't named who that leader will
be. It may, in fact be that by the middle of next of year, Ahmadinejad is
BLITZER: Lets be precise because when they
criticize Barack Obama, not only John McCain but others, for suggesting that
he would meet without preconditions with Ahmadinejad, who only last week on
Israel's 60th anniversary called Israel a "stinking corpse." The question
that they ask is what is Barack Obama going to talk with him
RICE: Well, first of all as I said, it would
be the appropriate Iranian leadership at the appropriate time not
It isn't very difficult to dig up the reports of
Obama's commitment to meet with Ahmadinejad specifically, as indicated in
this USA Today report and this CBS News Horserace report. As John Hinderaker asked yesterday: Can someone explain
why it is, exactly, that Barack Obama is not a
The second is from John Hinderaker and concerns Obama's 180 turnaround, in
one day flat, regarding how significant a threat Iran is:
Barack Obama, last night in Portland, on
Iran: "They don't pose a serious threat to us."
Can someone explain why it is, exactly, that
Barack Obama is not a laughingstock?
Both posts end by asking why Barack Obama is not a laughingstock.
Unfortunately, the answer is not at all funny. Obama is not a
laughingstock because media are, for the most part, declining to tell you about
his lies, even when they are this blatant.
They are trying to make fools of the voters. They are making sure
you don't know that Mr. Obama changes his position completely the minute it
becomes obvious that the new position will be more beneficial to him. The
Powerline blog has shown you two specific instances of this in just the last
couple of days.
Are you fooled?
ANDREA MITCHELL'S CHARGE
It is not quite 8PM, and I made the mistake of putting on MSNBC to check the
Hillary Clinton is running away with Kentucky, as expected. But
what was not expected was Andrea Mitchell's comment that some states have Katherine
Harris types (she was the Attorney General of Florida in 2000) and therefore
Obama has to worry about the "Republican Establishment" giving him a fair
If Ms. Mitchell is going to insinuate that Barack Obama is going to be
cheated by Republicans she better do two things:
1) She better explain what Katharine Harris did to cheat - because to the
best of my knowledge, what she did do was follow Florida law;
2) And she better tell us where she thinks Obama is going to be cheated
by corrupt Republicans and what their names are. That is a SERIOUS
CHARGE, and to just flip it out without any basis whatsoever - and no challenge
at all by Chris Mouthews, who she was talking to (did you really expect
him to question an attaci against Republicans?) is an an absolute disgrace.
But, then again, this is MSNBC. So disgrace may not be an
IMMEDIATE UPDATE: As I
finished this blog, Norah O'Donnell came on and was asked to
analyze the Kentucky results. She said that in Kentucky, like in West Virginia, race was
a major factor in Hillary Clinton's win (translation - people voting by race
are giving her these states).
does O'Donnell or any of the other MSNBC
"commentators" ever mention the factor that race has played in OBAMA winning states? How did he
win North Carolina, for example? Georgia? Mississippi? Etc. etc. etc.
Wherever there is a large number of Black voters, Mr. Obama benefits enormously because,
based on the exit polls, over 90% of all Blacks are voting for
him. Percentage-wise, that is a ton more than there are White voters voting for Hillary
Is this race related? Well, if it isn't, they better erase all the
dictionaries out there and redefine the word. But on the Obama-rooting
MSNBC it goes unmentioned.
What a surprise.
THE EVEN VASTER RIGHT WING AND MAINSTREAM CONSPIRACY
This is actually comical.
On the eve of the Kentucky and Oregon primaries, Bill Clinton, speaking for
his wife Hillary, has attacked the news media for being slanted against his
That's right. The Clintons, who arguably were the
beneficiaries of 8 years of acquiescent coverage by most mainstream
media, are now complaining bitterly about the coverage of mainstream media.
Here is the CBS news report:
Bill Clinton Blames Slanted Press Coverage for Obama's Delegate
From CBS News' Ryan Corsaro:
LOUISVILLE, KY. -- If it wasn't the night before the Kentucky and Oregon
primaries, it would have been a standard Hillary Clinton speech. She talked
about health care. She talked about jobs. She talked about bringing broadband to
communities that dont have it. She talked about all of the issues shes talked
about for the past nine months -- everything you can read about on her website
or see her say on YouTube.
She had all of the lines the crowd loves to
hear. Getting the two big oilmen out of the White House.
understand what people didnt like about the 90s, was it the peace or the
And the other crowd favorite, not being able to wait for
the day when that moving van pulls away from the White House and heads back to
However, the Clintons know that their audience isnt just the
crowds of voters hearing these lines for the first time its national media
who have heard her speeches hundreds of times, some of whom travel for months
with the campaign and report anything new about what Clinton says on the road.
But the only new thing the Clintons had to say on primary eve came from
her husband, who accused the press of not caring about the needs of voters and
favoring other candidates over his wife.
Bill Clinton echoed statements
Hillary herself made in the past few days, verifying that attacking the media
has now become a Clinton campaign talking point.
Every time you turn on
the television and you listen one of those people dissing her, they all have a
college degree, theyve all got a new job, theyve all got healthcare, and
they're not going broke putting filling up their gas tank," said Bill Clinton.
Just two days before, Hillary Clinton told a crowd in Mayfield, Ky.,
All those people on TV who are telling you and everybody else that this race is
over and I should just be, you know, graceful and say Oh its over even though
Ive won more votes. Those are all people who have a job. Those are all people
who have healthcare. Those are all people who can afford to send their kids to
college. Those are all people who can pay whatever is charged at the gas pump."
Around 1,300 supporters mostly women came out to see Hillary Clinton
speak last night in Lexington on the eve of the Kentucky primary when her
husband came out to give her introduction, which he called "the easy job."
"Just remember, all these people who are telling you it's over..."
instructed the former president as several women began to scream "No!" in
"First of all, by their own admission, this has been the most
slanted press coverage in American history. Secondly, they declared her dead
more times than a cats got lives."
He went out to point at poll numbers
in New Hampshire, which many media outlets reported early on to show Clinton
could lose the race. In the end, the polls were proven wrong, with Hillary
Clinton winning that state's primary in early January.
Clinton said the
same thing had happened in West Virginia, claiming the "people on television"
had told voters in that state to stay at home.
"People in West Virginia
didn't appreciate being talked to like that," he said.
finished his introduction of his wife with an anecdote he has used on the road
while campaigning for during the past few weeks, saying his daughter Chelsea
called to tell him she told a questioner "yes" when the person asked if her
mother would be a better president than her father.
"She said, 'They
asked me a direct question and I gave them a direct answer,'" Bill Clinton
Hillary Clinton later hugged her husband after his remarks,
calling him her "number one campaigner in chief."
While he does not have
any version of such a title officially with her campaign, it appears Bill
Clinton has had an influence on Hillary's new volleys at the media. On May 10th,
ABCNews.com reported that Bill Clinton had began taking shots at the media while
visiting Ripley, WV.
"They make a lot of fun of me because I like to
campaign in places like this, they say I have been exiled to rural America, as
if that was a problem. I don't know about you, but I'd rather be here than
listening to that stuff I have to hear on television, I'd rather be with you.
There is a simple reason: You need a president a lot more than those people
telling you not to vote for her."
The Clintons seem to think attacks on
the media gave a big boost to Clinton's double-digit win over Obama in West
Virginia, and they're trying to make the same case in rural parts of Kentucky
with the same voters as those who put them way over the top last Tuesday.
Hillary Clinton made similar statements about television critics in
Mayfield, Prestonsburg, and Loretto, Ky. - all with large populations of
blue-collar, white working families. She also ran a television ad in Kentucky
going after members of the media including Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Tim
Russert, and one of Bill Clinton's former staffers, George Stephanopoulos.
Hillary Clinton will hold an event tonight in Louisville after the
results of Kentucky's primary, which she is expected to win over
Remember when the problem was restricted to just being a "vast rightwing
conspiracy"? Well now the conspiracy has apparently expanded to mainstream
So a vast conspiracy has become a vaster conspiracy and a right wing
conspiracy has become a right wing and mainstream media conspiracy.
What's next? Interplanetary?
OBAMA: "LAY OFF MY WIFE"
They send her out to campaign. She is an integral part of the Obama
She makes comments that are at best stupid and at worst indicative of a
hatred of the country she would be first lady of.
But Barack Obama has now told the Republican party to "lay off Michelle". I kid you
not. Here are the particulars, courtesy of an excerpted article
Obama Warns GOP "Lay Off My
Obama Loses Argument With Wife Over
Getting a Dog
By IMAEYEN IBANGA
May 19, 2008
Sen. Barack Obama ripped into a Republican ad
today that targets comments made by his wife, Michelle, and called the GOP
tactic "low class" and "detestable."
The Illinois senator told "Good Morning America"
that he expects hardball tactics from the Republicans if he becomes the
Democratic presidential nominee.
"But I also think these folks should lay off my
wife," he told "GMA" as his wife chuckled beside him.
Obama told "GMA" that he believes he will win a
majority of the Democratic delegates once the votes are counted after Tuesday's
primaries in Kentucky and Oregon. Obama is favored in Oregon while rival Sen.
Hillary Clinton of New York is expected to win Kentucky.
Obama was careful not to act as if he had already
clinched the nomination, but he also tried to present himself as the candidate
who will be taking on Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona in the fall.
The Republicans seem to have come to the same
conclusion and a GOP Internet campaign in Tennessee has an ad featuring Michelle
Obama's comments during the long Democratic campaign that "for the first time in
my adult life, I am proud of my country."
Michelle Obama was asked about the ad on "GMA,"
but her husband said, "Let me just interject on this."
"The GOP, should I be the nominee, I think can say
whatever they want to say about me, my track record," Obama said. "I've been in
public life for 20 years. I expect them to pore through everything that I've
said, every utterance, every statement. And to paint it in the most undesirable
light possible. That's what they do."
"But I do want to say this to the GOP. If they
think that they're going to try to make Michelle an issue in this campaign, they
should be careful. Because that I find unacceptable," he said.
Obama praised his wife's patriotism and said that
for Republicans "to try to distort or to play snippets of her remarks in ways
that are unflattering to her I think is just low class ... and especially for
people who purport to be promoters of family values, who claim that they are
protectors of the values and ideals and the decency of the American people to
start attacking my wife in a political campaign I think is detestable."
Obama later added, "I think that the
American people also would like to see some restoration of decency to this
process. And when you start attacking family members, there's a lack of decency
Unbelievable arrogance. He sends her out to campaign for him, but she's
off limits? Has Bill Clinton been off limits to the Obama campaign?
Here's a hint for Senator Obama: When people vote for President they
also vote for first lady. Whether he, or they, like it or not. If
the wife of a presidential candidate says she has been ashamed of her country
for her entire adult life until now, and that the USA is "downright mean", among
other negative things, people want to know about it. They want to know who
they are putting in our White House.
Senator Obama: If you send her to campaign, she is NOT off
limits. Even if you are concerned, maybe even desperate, that her words
not be made public. You were the one who made her fair game.
Now live with it.
SUING OPEC: COUNTERPRODUCTIVE DOG AND PONY SHOW
Would you like to feel superior? Here's a way to do it: read
about something so stupid and so counterproductive that you know you have to be
smarter than the people who thought it was a good idea.
With that, I give you the following excerpts from a Reuters story over
the wire today:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of
Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation on Tuesday allowing the
Justice Department to sue OPEC members for limiting oil supplies and working
together to st crude prices, but the White House threatened to veto the
The bill would subject OPEC oil producers,
including Saudi Arabia, Iran and Venezuela, to the same antitrust laws that
U.S. companies must follow.
The measure passed in a 324-84 vote, a big
enough margin to override a presidential veto.
The legislation also creates a Justice
Department task force to aggressively investigate gasoline price gouging and
energy market manipulation.
"This bill guarantees that oil prices will
reflect supply and demand economic rules, instead of wildly speculative and
perhaps illegal activities," said Democratic Rep. Steve Kagen of Wisconsin,
who sponsored the legislation.
The lawmaker said Americans "are at the mercy"
of OPEC for how much they pay for gasoline, which this week hit a record
average of $3.79 a gallon.
The White House opposes the bill, saying that
targeting OPEC investment in the United States as a source for damage awards
"would likely spur retaliatory action against American interests in those
countries and lead to a reduction in oil available to U.S.
Are these people defective?
First congress puts us at the mercy of OPEC by voting down (as recently as
this month) any serious attempt at using our own vast energy resources.
Then they figure they'll take care of the problem by threatening the people
they've put us at the mercy of?
If that isn't defective, what is?
And I blame Republicans right along with Democrats. I have not
seen the roll call, but with only 84 nay votes a majority of
Republicans must have joined with Democrats on this idiotic legislation.
I would like to think they are smarter than this. I would like to think they know this is as idiotic as it is.
But to believe that means to also believe that they are cynically playing the voters, by
putting on a dog and pony show to pretend they are getting tough
on oil, while knowing all the while that it is a complete waste of time.
Hmmmm. This is congress. Maybe I can stop right
RALPH PETERS ON OUR SUCCESS IN IRAQ
This article, written by the highly insightful Ralph Peters, details the
extent of our success (that's right, success) in Iraq. It is from today's
New York Post. It is not from today's network news or New York Times, or
Today show or any of that wonderfully "neutral crew at MSNBC:
SUCCESS IN IRAQ: A MEDIA BLACKOUT
Sadr: Hides in
Iran as his Iraq minions lose.
May 20, 2008 -- DO we still have troops in Iraq?
Is there still a conflict over there?
If you rely on the so-called mainstream media, you
may have difficulty answering those questions these days. As Iraqi and Coalition
forces pile up one success after another, Iraq has magically vanished from the
Want a real "inconvenient truth?" Progress
in Iraq is powerful and accelerating.
But that fact isn't helpful to elite media
commissars and cadres determined to decide the presidential race over our heads.
How dare our troops win? Even worse, Iraqi troops are winning.
You won't see that above the fold in The New York
Times. And forget the Obama-intoxicated news networks - they've adopted his
story line that the clock stopped back in 2003.
To be fair to the
quit-Iraq-and-save-the-terrorists media, they have covered a few recent
stories from Iraq:
* When a rogue US soldier used a Koran for target
practice, journalists pulled out all the stops to turn it into "Abu Ghraib, The
Unforgivably, the Army handled the situation well.
The "atrocity" didn't get the traction the whorespondents hoped for.
* When a battered, bleeding al Qaeda managed to
set off a few bombs targeting Sunni Arabs who'd turned against terror, that,
too, received delighted media play.
* As long as Baghdad-based journalists could hope
that the joint US-Iraqi move into Sadr City would end disastrously, we were
treated to a brief flurry of headlines.
* A few weeks back, we heard about another Iraqi
company - 100 or so men - who declined to fight. The story was just delicious,
as far as the media were concerned.
Then tragedy struck: As in Basra the month before,
absent-without-leave (and hiding in Iran) Muqtada al Sadr quit under pressure
from Iraqi and US troops. The missile and mortar attacks on the Green Zone
stopped. There's peace in the streets.
Today, Iraqi soldiers, not militia thugs,
patrol the lanes of Sadr City, where waste has replaced roadside bombs as the
greatest danger to careless footsteps. US advisers and troops support the
effort, but Iraq's government has taken another giant step forward in
establishing law and order.
My fellow Americans, have you read or seen a
single interview with any of the millions of Iraqis in Sadr City or Basra who
are thrilled that the gangster militias are gone from their neighborhoods?
Didn't think so. The basic mission of the American
media between now and November is to convince you, the voter, that Iraq's still
a hopeless mess.
Meanwhile, they've performed yet another amazing
magic trick - making Kurdistan disappear.
Remember the Kurds? Our allies in northern Iraq?
When last sighted, they were living in peace and building a robust economy with
regular elections, burgeoning universities and municipal services that worked.
After Israel, the most livable, decent place in
the greater Middle East is Iraqi Kurdistan. Wouldn't want that news
If the Kurds would only start slaughtering their
neighbors and bombing Coalition troops, they might get some attention.
Unfortunately, there are no US or allied combat units in Kurdistan for
Kurds to bomb. They weren't needed. And (benighted people that they are) the
Kurds are pro-American - despite the virulent anti-Kurdish prejudices prevalent
in our Saudi-smooching State Department.
Developments just keep getting grimmer for the
MoveOn.org fan base in the media. Iraq's Sunni Arabs, who had supported al Qaeda
and homegrown insurgents, now support their government and welcome US
troops. And, in southern Iraq, the Iranians lost their bid for control to Iraq's
Bury those stories on Page 36.
Our troops deserve better. The Iraqis deserve
better. You deserve better. The forces of freedom are winning.
Here in the Land of the Free, of course, freedom
of the press means the freedom to boycott good news from Iraq. But the truth
does have a way of coming out.
The surge worked. Incontestably. Iraqis
grew disenchanted with extremism. Our military performed magnificently. More and
more Iraqis have stepped up to fight for their own country. The Iraqi economy's
taking off. And, for all its faults, the Iraqi legislature has accomplished far
more than our own lobbyist-run Congress over the last 18 months.
When Iraq seemed destined to become a huge
American embarrassment, our media couldn't get enough of it. Now that Iraq looks
like a success in the making, there's a virtual news blackout.
Of course, the front pages need copy. So you can
read all you want about the heroic efforts of the Chinese People's Army in the
wake of the earthquake.
Tells you all you really need to know about our
media: American soldiers bad, Red Chinese troops good.
Is Jane Fonda on her way to the earthquake zone
Ralph Peters' new book, "Looking For Trouble:
Adventures in a Broken World," hits stores on July 4. .
These are facts that mainstream media, by and large, will not tell you. Mr.
Peters feels this is because it destroys their story line - i.e. failure in
Iraq, thus (presumably) incompetence of the Bush administration, incompetence
of John McCain for supporting the troop surge..... and the
ineluctable correctness of Barack Obama.
I agree with him, because I can't think of any other explanation. Can
BIAS, BLATANT BIAS & CNN
The Media Research Center caught this one, which is brought to us by of www.newsbusters.org. It is a
CNN Ignored Own Tape, Pushed
False Partisan Shot at McCain
The Worst of the Week from the Media
Research Center: On the May 16 American Morning, CNN
permitted Clinton campaign advisor Jamie Rubin to slam Republican John McCain as
a "flip-flopper" and a "hypocrite," all based on a tightly-edited 41-second
video clip supplied by Rubin himself. After summarizing McCain's recent jabs at
Democrat Barack Obama's Middle East policies, fill-in co-anchor Kyra Phillips
touted: "But there's word this morning that McCain hasn't actually been
consistent in his opposition to [the Palestinian terrorist group]
CNN then showed the edited clip of Rubin's January 28, 2006
SkyNews interview with McCain, in which he seemed to suggest dealing with Hamas
without preconditions. In a six-minute interview with Phillips, Rubin blasted
McCain's supposed change in positions as "the ultimate flip-flop in American
politics" and "the height of hypocrisy." No Republican appeared to balance
Rubin, and Phillips never indicated whether CNN even sought a response from
McCain. [Audio/video (1:56): Windows Media (7.14
MB) and MP3 audio (539
CNN could easily have checked for themselves the network interviewed McCain
the exact same day he spoke to Rubin. At the time, CNN reporter Elaine Quijano
said McCain was taking a hard line: "One prominent senator says it's an
untenable position to have a government in the Middle East led by a group
committed to the destruction of its neighbor, Israel." Then a clip of McCain:
"Hopefully, that Hamas, now that they are going to govern, will be motivated to
renounce this commitment to the extinction of the state of Israel. Then we can
do business again....It's very, very important, though, that they renounce this
commitment." [Audio/video (0:35): Windows Media (2.09
MB) and MP3 audio (152
Eleven hours later, CNN's Lou Dobbs discovered McCain had told Rubin pretty much the same
thing ("The U.S. should take a step back
and see what they do....Part of the relationship will be dictated by how Hamas
acts, not how the U.S. acts."), but that portion was removed from the edited
clip Rubin gave CNN that morning. "Well, that seems certainly to...substantiate
precisely what Senator McCain is saying," Dobbs told reporter Dana
But for most of the day, CNN had trusted their partisan source and
ignored their own tape. How convenient for Democrats and disturbing for those
hoping for fair and balanced campaign coverage this year.
CNN ignored its own tape and allowed a partisan Democrat (Clinton operative
Jamie Rubin) to show an edited hatchet job on John McCain. Then they left
it out there for the entire day, until Lou Dobbs mentioned that it was a hot
steamy load of BS that night.
Are you waiting for an apology from CNN? Kiss that one goodbye.
It's not happening.
For years and years they have called CNN the Clinton News Network. If you
ever wondered why, this might give you a bit of insight.
This little item appeared as a "Page Six" item in yesterday's New York
Post. Keeping in mind that the owner of the Post is also the owner
of Fox News, which Olbermann hates pathologically, here it is:
ANCHOR'S ADRIFT AGAIN
May 19, 2008 -- IS Keith Olbermann,
MSNBC's top-rated anchor, on the verge of yet another professional meltdown?
His feuding with "Hardball" host Chris Matthews is nothing new.
But now we're told notoriously odd Olbermann is lashing out at the rest of his
network's talking heads. During West Virginia primary coverage the other
night, Olbermann began pounding the table when lead White House reporter
David Gregory didn't wrap his segment quickly enough to satisfy him.
Olbermann recently encouraged management to oust the cable channel's lone
conservative, Tucker Carlson, and it's also no secret among
producers that Olbermann refuses to introduce Dan Abrams' show, which
follows his own. Olbermann walked out of MSNBC years ago in a huff after also
blowing up at ESPN, so TV insiders are curious if this recent behavior is a
sign that history will repeat itself. MSNBC did not respond to our calls and
e-mails seeking comment.
Olbermann appears to be a deeply troubled man. There have been times
when I watched him and got a flash of Michael Keaton's classic lunatic
character, "Beetlejuice", when he's advertising his services on TV.
Beetlejuice says "I've got demons runnin' all through me" and then does a little
I know it's Michael Keaton, but I keep seeing Olbermann's face in that
ABOUT THAT CROWD OF 75,000 TO SEE BARACK OBAMA.........
On Sunday, Barack Obama drew an amazing 75,000 to a rally.
Or did he?
Here is the real story, reported by Robert Knight of www.newsbusters.org
. Read it, and then think about whether media reports told you what really
Free Concert by Popular Band
Preceded Obamas Big Rally
From CNN to the New
York Times, the media hyped Barack Obama's Portland, Oregon rally on Sunday,
some comparing him to a rock star.
Unmentioned in national reporting was the fact
that Obama was preceded by a rare, 45-minute free concert by actual rock stars
The Decemberists. The Portland-based band has drawn rave reviews from Rolling
Stone magazine, which gave their 2005 album Picaresque four and a
half stars (out of five), and another four and a half stars for 2007's The Crane Wife.
How many of the people showed up to hear Obama,
and how many to hear the band?
Here's how the local paper The Oregonian,which estimated the crowd at 72,000, reported the rally:
"Obama was the biggest star at Sunday's gathering
-- though a popular Portland band, The Decemberists, provided the warmup act.
With blue skies and temperatures in the 80s, many in the crowd said Waterfront
Park was simply the place to be."
CNN headlined its 10 p.m. segment on May 18 with
"Barack Obama: Achieving Rock Star Status in Oregon."
The New York Times,which ran a color photo of the crowd, estimated the
throng at 75,000, noting that it was "the largest crowd of his campaign so far."
There was no mention of The Decemberists, and the Times described the weather as
"an unseasonably hot day."
Indie rock Web sites were abuzz with news of the
impending concert, which was also announced on the Obama campaign's Web site.
Here's the report from the Indie rock Web site
By land and by
sea, they came to see the great man speak. An estimated 75,000 in all
turned out to see presidential hopeful Barack Obama at
Portland's Waterfront Park yesterday afternoon-- a record crowd for Obama's
own campaign, according to The New York Times, and a record crowd for Oregon
political events, according to The Oregonian. Just look at them all!
And hey, they got to see a pretty sweet opening
act too. Calling themselves the Decemberists and led by lovably literate Steve Novick endorser Colin Meloy, this feisty fivepiece
charmed the gathered for a good 45 minutes before Senator Obama took the
stump. They even closed out with a sing-along entitled "Sons & Daughters",
which had the masses joining the band to declare "Here all the bombs fade
away..." Something tells me this Decemberists band is going places. Just like
Indie rock's #1 candidate crush Barack Obama is
sittin' quite a bit prettier than he was a few weeks ago when the ArcadeFire and Bruce Springsteen went to bat for him, but the dashing
junior Senator hasn't quite clinched the Democratic party nomination yet. Next
up on the primary agenda are Oregon and Kentucky, whose voters hit the polls
Tuesday, May 20. Should Obama win a heaping majority of the delegates up for
grabs that day, he'll be within inches of securing the hotly-contested
And look who's arrived to give Obama the extra
push he needs to get on the ballot in November. Why, it's none other than
those kings and queens of the month after, the
There's nothing wrong with a candidate using
celebrity power to draw a crowd, but the media have a responsibility to report
their presence. By ignoring the free concert, the Times and other outlets made
it appear that 75,000 people were drawn only by Sen. Obama's considerable
Did your newspaper or TV news show tell you that a
hugely popular local band did a 45 minute set before Mr. Obama spoke?
Well, my newspaper, the one I have delivered every morning, is the New
York Times. And I sure didn't know. Unless it was buried in the
detail (with the Times it might have been, it's a trick they often pull to cover
themselves), all I knew was that Barack Obama attracted a rock-star sized
What they didn't tell me is that ROCK STARS attracted the rock-star sized
But listen to them squeal like stuck pigs if you call them
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