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August 27, 2008
The Democratic National Convention
Through the Looking Glass of Fox News Channel
So what did Fox News Channel think of Hillary Clinton's Tuesday night speech to the Democratic National Convention? The first thing I did was to turn my television from New York's Channel Thirteen (713 in HD) to Fox News' Channel 26. Here's what their talking heads, hosted by Brit Hume, had to say:
"It was a shockingly minimal endorsement of Barack Obama,"
"She said what she had to say, but she never said anything more,"
-Beltway Boy Mort Kondracke
"I thought for her own political future it was a really smart speech"
-generic female talking head
"Nowhere tonight did she alter that perception (that Barack Obama wasn't ready to lead),"
So much for "We Report, You Decide". Perhaps they should change their slogan to "We Spin, We Decide - You? Just do what we tell you to do."
Clinton's speech, it was noted by the Fox News Hounds, only mentioned Senator Obama ten times. I didn't know there was a minimum number of times which Senator Clinton was supposed to mention her victorious rival. John McCain mentions Obama's name about ten times in a thirty-second commercial.
Senator McCain and his campaign staff, have nothing to offer up in the form of ideas to get our nation back on track economically except for more McBush tax cuts; they have nothing to offer up as to an answer to our occupation of Iraq, other than "Stay the Course"; and they have no answer for our energy problems except drill more and wait. The talking heads over at Fox News know all of this so, much like McCain himself, they can do nothing but attack.
Perhaps they feel that the American people are looking for a reason - any reason - not to vote for Barack Obama. After all, there are numerous reasons to vote for the Junior Senator from Illinois and few reasons to vote for McCain.
A casual glance at the two men's websites would show the clear distinction between them. Obama's site has the particulars which Mrs. Clinton used to point out as missing during their heated primary battle. He has specific policies to be enacted covering everything from the Iraq war to health care and education. McCain's website offers little in the areas of specifics and more of the same old Bush rhetoric intended to divide rather than unite.
Take a look at McCain's idea for Education:
"If a school will not change, the students should be able to change schools."
And each and every "idea" presented on JohnMcCain.com is about as complete as that "idea".
One can hardly wait to see and hear what Fox News Channels tells us to think as we watch, many of us in horror, the GOP National convention.
The Obama children were funny. Michelle Obama gave a great speech. I was really impressed with Governor Brian Schweitzer of Montana. I can see why David Sirota worked for him. He really knows how to get a crowd going.
Hillary Clinton was brilliant. Yes, you heard me right she was brilliant. This is the most brilliant part of her speech:
"I will always remember the single mom who had adopted two kids with autism, didn't have health insurance and discovered she had cancer. But she greeted me with her bald head painted with my name on it and asked me to fight for health care.
"I will always remember the young man in a Marine Corps T-shirt who waited months for medical care and said to me: 'Take care of my buddies; a lot of them are still over there ... and then will you please help take care of me?'
"I will always remember the boy who told me his mom worked for the minimum wage and that her employer had cut her hours. He said he just didn't know what his family was going to do."
Later in the speech, speaking directly to her supporters:
"I want you to ask yourselves: Were you in this campaign just for me? Or were you in it for that young Marine and others like him? Were you in it for that mom struggling with cancer while raising her kids? Were you in it for that boy and his mom surviving on the minimum wage? Were you in it for all the people in this country who feel invisible? "
The best single line:
"No way. No how. No McCain."
More Convention Thoughts
Thank you for your summary of the opening night of the Convention. I have been watching MSNBC and I agree with you about the "talking heads." I'll be watching PBS from now on to get the whole picture.
I'd like to shake those Hillary loyalists who would rather vote for McCain than the man who defeated their idol. Do they really want 4 more years of the same failed GOP policies that only benefited the "haves and have mores?"
Can this Country take the disastrous results from more "no-bid" contracts that leave us bleeding economically. Or a government that rewards the corporations that send "our jobs" overseas?
Do they really not care enough about the almost certain overturn of "Roe v Wade" when a President McCain appoints the next Supreme Court Justice? I'm heart-sick at the prospect. Barack Obama has inspired me like not other candidate since JFK. I hope this country is ready for him!
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