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Spin factory.

Posted in Uncategorized by adambsullivan on July 16, 2008

Some say the media is easy on John McCain.

A few months ago, John McCain fielded a question from a town hall meeting attendee in New Hampshire. The question regarded a statement from President Bush about the possibility of U.S. troops being in Iraq for 50 years.
“Maybe 100. As long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed, it’s fine with me,” McCan said.

Mis– or un– informed newspeople have skewed this to mean that McCain supports unyielding combat in Iraq for a century. McCain’s attempt to clarify his statement have apparently fallen on def (or ignorant) ears.

Did you know that the has U.S. maintained a military presence in Germany and Japan since the end of WWII? That’s 60 years. We don’t have any plans to remove those troops any time soon; that 60 years could easily turn into 100. However, nobody bashed Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, G.H.W. Bush, Clinton, or G.W. Bush for not pulling them out. A military presence does not translate into combat.

Now, of course, let’s look at Barack Obama. The media has acted irresponsibly in, first, not forcing the nominee to outline his stances more clearly and, second, for not scrutinizing the nonsensical plans put forth.

Obama — who has yet to meet with top generals in Iraq — has stated consistently that U.S. troops will be out of Iraq within 16 months of his inauguration. However, he’s also stated that he’ll listen to what military leaders on the ground advise him to do. Seeing as John McCain’s meetings with generals have brought him to the plan not to set a time-table for withdraw, something doesn’t add up here. Obama cannot simultaneously heed warnings from generals against a hasty withdraw AND stick to his plan for pulling troops out. However, the media seldom mentions the inconsistencies between reality and Obama’s fantasy world.

Step outside Iraq and into the economy.

Obama’s economic plan includes cutting military spending and putting it into social programs. That’s fine, but it doesn’t begin to address the deficit or the debt. If we’re already spending too much money, spending the same amount of money on different projects doesn’t make ends meet. But, again, instead of soundbites displaying Obama’s faulty plans, all we hear are soundbites about how well Obama can speak to an arena full of people who already support him.

I’ll admit it: McCain’s economic plan isn’t ironclad. In fact, he’s flip-flopped on his economic policies. The difference is, though, that McCain has received hell for it.

I don’t think the media is liberal or conservative. I don’t think there’s some big plan between all the networks and publishers to get a hand-picked nominee into office. I think the media has gotten too caught up in giving people what they want, instead of what’s true. Instead of selling front pages, maybe we should get back to our roots: informing and educating.



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