Just like to share some links to pieces on Obama U.S. media bias. The first is the Washington Post, whose ombudsman recently released her finding that the newspaper’s campaign coverage was indeed very Obama-centric. The thing is, this wasn’t the first time she wrote about this Obama-bias as back in August she also admitted this.
Then from Canada’s National Post, a media professional blasts others in his profession for their open Obama adulation, specifically on their Facebook pages: “I sincerely believe that when your job is to spend every day learning about other people, places and cultures, you’re automatically bound to develop a more liberal worldview, and to me that’s a good thing.
But professionalism matters even more, especially when the political cultures of the United States and Canada are so divided. What are my Obama-loving journalist friends really saying on Facebook anyway? That they couldn’t care less about their responsibility to report the news to people who don’t share their politics? It’s shameful, and I’m astonished at how brazenly so many former colleagues of mine would abandon their duty to the public when it comes to their online selves.”‘
He ends: “You can find me in various states of sobriety on mine, but if I ever go back to news, I wouldn’t be caught dead acting like a star-struck fool when I’m paid to conduct myself in exactly the opposite way — in public, in private and in cyberspace.”’
Why does it seem that anytime Barack Obama says something, it’s made out to be something truly insightful or extraordinary piece of wisdom? He makes an offhand remark while talking about dogs, and instantly it makes big news, thanks to AP especially, and is a message demonstrating his openness about talking race.
“The message seemed clear _ here is a president who will be quite at ease discussing race, a complex issue as unresolved as it is uncomfortable for many to talk about openly. And at a time when whites in the country are not many years from becoming the minority.”
While I understand the implication of the remark, and the humor and frankness in it, it shouldn’t be taken as another grand message , thus providing an excuse for some media elements to gush over.
US Presidential candidate Barrack Obama spoke in Berlin, Germany drawing a massive crowd of 200,000 which illustrates his broad appeal and charisma to people not just in America. Whatever you think of him, 200,000 is a mind-boggling number and one which no other American presidential contender like Hillary Clinton or John McCain could have come close to attracting.
Yet in spite of this, I still do not truly believe in Obama mainly because I think he is too inexperienced and that his campaign is more style than substance- the “Yes, we can” celebrity-laden video being one of the main flashpoints. He may win the upcoming US elections but I really feel that the “change” that he promises will be hardpressed to come and that many of his supporters will be severely let-down. This isn’t something personal against him because a lot of times, I am always wary whenever too much hype is lavished on someone or something, even in sports for instance. But the thing is, in international politics, there’s been a constant stream of charismatic politicians who’ve been voted in with a lot of promise to bring in change and benefits to their people and have come up flat. Taiwan’s Ma Yin-jeou might be showing signs of becoming one of these, but others include but are not limited to: Peru’s Alexandro Toledo, the Philippines’ Gloria Arroyo. I’m thinking that with Barrack Obama, there might be a similar effect. People have such high expectations of him, no doubt encouraged by his campaign, and if he comes to office, people will expect some kind of political revolution (metaphorically speaking) leading to a new era in American politcs. Frankly it’d be great if he could actually live up to his promises and more, such as cutting down on partisanship prevalent in politics and bringing about more cooperation between the 2 parties, but the thing is that as someone who is so new to federal politics, his goals seem to be more naive than achievable.