Friday, April 27, 2012

Is This Really News?

                                           One Day

 Looking through my Email at the Yahoo site, I often look at the six or seven news stories that Yahoo features on it's opening page. Yesterday I noticed this story featured, entitled, "Karl Rove-linked group Crossroads slams ‘cool’ Obama," by Oliver Knox, of something called The Ticket.
   It can be found right here:
   It basically and simply announced that Karl Rove's (you remember him, George W. Bush's hatchet man, and one of the guys responsible for outing Valerie Plame, an active covert agent of the CIA, because her husband wrote an op-ed disagreeing with the White House's version of reality) super PAC, American Crossroads, began running this ad:! 
   "Four years ago America elected the biggest celebrity in the world. And America got one cool president," the ad postulates, then starts to blame Obama for the student loan crisis which was largely caused by George W. Bush, and the republicans in Congress.
   At the very end the ad asks this: "After 4 years of a celebrity president is your life any better?"
   Yes, it is.
   That is my simple reply to this simple ad.
   The middle class is paying less in payroll taxes, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act for women was enacted, health care for 40 million Americans became available who otherwise would not have had it if not for the President, the head of Al Qaeda who was responsible for the 9/11 attack is now residing at the bottom of the Arabian Sea, combat troops have left Iraq, and we averted a national depression, among other things.
   Yes, we are better off. Substantially and demonstrably.  
   The above ad is solely political propaganda, pure and simple. And we're going to see a whole bunch more of these types of ads which are designed to influence the minds of voters to vote for their particular candidate, and knowing this, should be summarily ignored. Ads from every side should be ignored.
   The question of this post is this. Is the running of this ad news?
   The traitor Karl Rove runs a new ad and Oliver Knox feels the necessity to write a small piece about it. Okay, I'm fine with that. But then Yahoo News feels that story is important enough to feature it on it's main Email site which is used by millions of people every day. Does this story really merit this type of publicity.
   What's next? "Karl Rove scratched his fluffy, white derriere at 7:36AM!" making the headlines.
   Come on Yahoo! If your going to report the news report things that are actually news worthy.
   Just saying.

 Addendum: Since I posted this entry this morning, many in the media have commented on this ad. Donald Trump said it was so bad he first thought it was produced by the Democrats, and that it projected the President as being larger than life and drew attention to Obama's popularity. Our friend, the ever lovely, Stephanie Miller, thanked Karl for the ad, stating the Democrats should probably run the same ad answering the end caption: "After 4 years of a celebrity president is your life any better?" as I did... "Yes." and listing the same accomplishments listed above (plus all the others), demonstrating what the Republicans don't seem to understand... that Americans don't mind having a cool or popular president who can also successfully lead the country, in other words, one who can walk and chew gum at the same time, a concept Karl and his republican minions can't seem to grasp.
   Thanks Karl. Keep up the good work!

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