The No News News Media

There was a lot of news this past week. Some of it was even reported by the news media. First, there was a football player from Notre Dame who either did or didn’t know that his girlfriend was or wasn’t real, but died sometime during the season. Six column headlines for several days announced the fraud. Network news and talk show hosts rehashed it almost daily. Two weeks ago, Lance Armstrong admitted he was a dope. Or maybe he just took dope. The news media kept sending urgent flashes all week of what he was going to tell Oprah. And then he told Oprah, and now we’ll be reading stories about it until Schwinn adds a jet engine to a … Continue reading

Bloomberg Endorses Obama in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy

New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg endorsed President Obama for re-election today in the wake of Hurricane Sandy which left parts of New York City and New Jersey devastated. Bloomberg who is an Independent had not endorsed Obama in the last election. His last presidential endorsement was in 2004 for George W. Bush. Bloomberg said in his endorsement today, that “The devastation that Hurricane Sandy brought to New York City and much of the Northeast — in lost lives, lost homes and lost business — brought the stakes of Tuesday’s presidential election into sharp relief.” He could not be more right on that commentary. Although Bloomberg also noted other important issues such as a women’s right to choice, health care and … Continue reading

BREAKING NEWS: AP, Media Fumble News Story

  by Walter Brasch   On the Sunday before the final presidential debate, Mitt Romney and some of his senior staffers played a flag football game with members of the Press Corps on Delray Beach, Fla. Ashley Parker of the Associated Press, apparently mistaking fashion reporting for news, reported that Mitt Romney was “wearing black shorts, a black Adidas T-shirt and gray sneakers.” Romney’s team, composed of senior campaign staff whom Parker identified, was “clad in red T-shirts.” She didn’t report what the members of the press wore, their names, or how many were on a team, but did acknowledge she “also played, winning the coin toss for her team, but doing little else by way of yardage accrual.” Yardage … Continue reading

The Choice is Clear

The choice is clear — Obama… The Romney-Ryan ticket represents a constricted and backward-looking vision of America: the privatization of the public good. In contrast, the sort of public investment championed by Obama—and exemplified by both the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Affordable Care Act—takes to heart the old civil-rights motto “Lifting as we climb.” That effort cannot, by itself, reverse the rise of inequality that has been under way for at least three decades. But we’ve already seen the future that Romney represents, and it doesn’t work. The reëlection of Barack Obama is a matter of great urgency. Not only are we in broad agreement with his policy directions; we also see in him what is absent in … Continue reading

President Obama in Fairfax, Virginia Says Romney has “Romnesia”

In Fairfax, VA, today President Obama made the correlation of Romney’s flip-flopping into a case of Romney having amnesia or “Romnesia” — Watch: First Read reported today that “With fewer than three weeks until Election Day, new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls show President Barack Obama maintaining his lead over Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in the battleground states of Iowa and Wisconsin.” We need to keep building on the momentum… Go to BarackObama.com and donate today! Volunteer… get involved now. There are too many issues at stake to not stand up and help re-elect President Obama. In related news the Denver Post endorsed President Obama today… As President Barack Obama campaigns for re-election, it would be a stretch to … Continue reading

’Twas the Blight Before Christmas

   by WALTER BRASCH   Once upon a time, a long long time ago, the Christmas season began the day after Thanksgiving. That was sufficient time to get into the spirit, view the lights, buy a nice tree and decorate it, watch for the 200th time “It’s a Good Life” or that movie about a kid who wants a BB gun for Christmas, and buy whatever was being advertised as “Christmas Specials.” And then the season, promoted by advertisers and businesses, elongated itself to Halloween. And then it began after Labor Day. And now we have Christmas in July special sales. Nevertheless, whenever it begins, we are usually in the spirit and welcome the joys of the season. Not so … Continue reading

Romney v. Obama: The Debate That Wasn’t

The first of three presidential debates, Wednesday evening, focused on domestic policy. There were supposed to be six segments of 15 minutes each. Moderator Jim Lehrer, executive editor and anchor of the nightly “PBS NewsHour,” was supposed to have asked one question in each segment; each candidate had two minutes to respond. The rest of the time in the 15 minute segment was supposed to be for “discussion.” However, Lehrer, who had moderated 12 previous debates, didn’t control the candidates or the debate; the time limits were shattered on the first question. What passed as debate was nothing more than a series of carefully-rehearsed, often rambling, mini-speeches that talked more in generalities than in specifics. Each candidate, an experienced debater … Continue reading