Saturday, 20 November 2010

PRESIDENT BUSH, PRESIDENT OBAMA AND CLASS

Ken Berwitz

I have now watched all or part of about a half dozen interviews given by President Bush to promote his new book, "Decision Points".

Every time Mr. Bush is given a chance to criticize President Obama, he refuses to do so on the grounds that a former President should not second-guess the current occupant of the White House - even though the current occupant has spent the last two years blaming President Bush for his every failure.

That, folks, is class. 

President Bush is loaded with it. 

President Obama averages him out.


BARBARA BOXER: MORE OF THE SAME

Ken Berwitz

Barbara Boxer:  California keeps electing this intellectual flyweight, and she keeps giving them everything she's got.  Which is.....well, keep reading.

Here is her latest, excerpted from an article at Fox News:

Sen. Barbara Boxer, no stranger to controversy, compared the United States to Iran, North Korea and Pakistan this week, saying America's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy puts it on a par with those three countries.

Appearing with Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman at a news conference on Thursday, Boxer, D-Calif., suggested the military's policy banning gays from openly serving in the military puts the U.S. in the same camp as countries notorious for their human rights violations. Democrats are pushing to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell during the lame duck session. 

We now stand -- with this rule -- with countries like Iran, North Korea and Pakistan in banning gays and lesbians from military service, Boxer said as Lieberman, an independent who aligns himself with Democrats, nodded his head.

Readers of this blog know that I am a strong proponent for gay rights.  I doubt you can find a stronger one.

That said, I have a simple question for Ms. Boxer:  How does the Unites States, in which people can openly be gay and lesbian, and where Don't Ask/Don't Tell allows gays and lesbians to serve in the military as long as they don't talk about their sexuality, compare with Iran, North Korea and Pakstan?  Are those countries equally amenable to allowing gays and lesbians to live their lives? 

Need help?  Ok:

-In Iran, homosexuality is punishable by death;

-In Pakistan it is punishable by 2 years to life;

-In North Korea the laws are not specific (they make them up as they go along) but the country's web site says:

Homosexuals in the DPRK have never been subject to repression, as in many capitalist regimes around the world. However, North Koreans also place a lot of emphasis on social harmony and morals. Therefore, the DPRK rejects many characteristics of the popular gay culture in the West, which many perceive to embrace consumerism, classism and promiscuity."

If you can figure that out, let me know.

Can anyone with any significant mental capacity compare any of those three countries to the USA on gay/lesbian rights?

Oh, wait.  I forgot.  We're talking about Barbara Boxer. 

Never mind, wrong judgmental standard.


MEDIA BIAS (CONT.)

Ken Berwitz

Yesterday I blogged about Vice President Joe Biden's remarkably moronic insult to Afghanistan regarding our timetable for a troop withdrawal:

Daddy is going to start to take the training wheels off in October -- I mean in next July, so you'd better practice riding,

Today it is in the news all over the world.  CNN International has it, the Afghanistan blogs all have it, the Times of India has it. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.  I have no doubt that it will be discussed at the NATO meetings President Obama is attending.  I have no doubt that it will damage our relationship with Afghanistan's government and its people.

But when I looked for a story about it in this morning's New York Times?  It wasn't there.  Not one word.  People who read the New York Times for news do not even know he said it. 

And, though, admittedly, I did not watch the entire first hour of the Today Show, I googled "Today Show Joe Biden Afghanistan training wheels" and couldn't find it.  So I assume it isn't there.  And, based on similar experience with their news coverage, I strongly suspect it either was not covered at all, or was minimally covered on ABC or CBS as well.  But I guarantee that if Sarah Palin said anything the network morning show's could make sport of, they didn't hesitate to do so.

Is there media bias?  Yes. 

Is it rampant?  Yes. 

Is ignoring an amazingly abrasive, insulting comment about Afghanistan by the Vice President of the United States an excellent example of it?  You tell me.


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