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You’re grounded…

Well you know what they say about politics: Keep your friends close and boot your enemies off the plane

From Drudge:

The Obama campaign has decided to heave out three newspapers from its plane for the final days of its blitz across battleground states — and all three endorsed Sen. John McCain for president!

The NY POST, WASHINGTON TIMES and DALLAS MORNING NEWS have all been told to move out by Sunday to make room for network bigwigs — and possibly for the inclusion of reporters from two black magazines, ESSENCE and JET, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

Despite pleas from top editors of the three newspapers that have covered the campaign for months at extraordinary cost, the Obama campaign says their reporters — and possibly others — will have to vacate their coveted seats so more power players can document the final days of Sen. Barack Obama’s historic campaign to become the first black American president.

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Some told the DRUDGE REPORT that the reporters are being ousted to bring on documentary film-makers to record the final days; others expect to see on board more sympathetic members of the media, including the NY TIMES’ Maureen Dowd, who once complained that she was barred from McCain’s Straight Talk Express airplane.

After a week of quiet but desperate behind-the-scenes negotiations, the reporters of the three papers heard last night that they were definitely off for the final swing. They are already planning how to cover the final days by flying commercial or driving from event to event.

Just another sneak peak at what we can expect with an Obama presidency. Where is all that tolerance the libs are always preaching to us about?



Double your standards in one week or less

Oddly enough, in all of the excitement over Sarah Palin’s family history, the MSM seems to have missed this story about Joe Biden which appeared in the L.A. Times last Thursday:

When Joe Biden’s brother and son wanted to buy a hedge fund company two years ago, they turned for financing to a law firm that had lobbied the Delaware senator’s office on an important piece of business in Congress — and in fact had recently benefited from his vote. The firm promised James and Hunter Biden that it would invest $2 million, and quickly delivered half of it.

That arrangement eventually fell through, and the firm’s money was returned. But the investment highlighted the close ties between the Biden family and SimmonsCooper, an Illinois law firm that specializes in representing asbestos victims — a multimillion-dollar line of business that was under threat in Congress.

Oh my, this raises some questions… tsk, tsk. Did Barack Obama not vet his running mate thoroughly enough?  Was the senator abusing his power to help a family member?  And what kind of dad does this make Joe Biden?  Will he even make it to the end of the week without dropping out of the race?

If you detected a little sarcasm here, you get a chocolate bunny. These questions mirror some of the “concerns” pundits have had over Sarah Palin. Apparently a spotless family record has now become a prime qualification for political office…  if you are a Republican.

Certainly these rules didn’t seem to apply to Al Gore when his son was charged with reckless driving during the 2000 campaign. I’m surprised you folks don’t remember that — it was clearly printed on page 13b of your local newspaper and then never mentioned again. Gotta pay closer attention if a Dem is involved.

The full L.A. Times story on Biden may be found here if it hasn’t mysteriously disappeared.



If it weren’t for bad luck…

Here’s the latest economic news from the AP:

Gross domestic product, or GDP, grew at a 3.3 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter, its fastest pace in nearly a year, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. The revised reading was much better than the government’s initial estimate of a 1.9 percent pace and exceeded economists’ expectations for a 2.7 percent growth rate.

Now for the title of the article… drumroll please…

Spring’s economic rebound unlikely to last

And the subtitle:

Spring’s economic strength unlikely to last given slowdowns overseas, struggling consumers

Nuff said;) The article then goes into gloomy reason after gloomy reason as to why we shouldn’t derive any hope in these revised economic numbers. Click here for the full dreary details and then click here for the vocal accompaniment.



What’s wrong with you consumers?
May 29, 08, 4:36 pm
Filed under: economy, media, MSM, recession | Tags: , , , ,

More bad news for financial armageddonists. The economy may be picking up again:

The new reading on gross domestic product, released by the Commerce Department on Thursday, was an improvement from the government’s initial growth estimate for the January-to-March quarter as well as the economy’s performance in the final quarter of last year. Both periods were pegged at a 0.6 percent growth rate.

Gross domestic product, or GDP, measures the value of all goods and services produced within the United States.

The first-quarter performance matched analysts’ forecasts and offered a somewhat encouraging sign because it showed the economy was still growing at that time. The figure didn’t meet a definition of recession, which under a rough rule is two straight quarters of shrinking GDP, and might raise hopes the country can dodge a full-blown downturn.

Certainly these GDP numbers hurt the overall GAD (gloom-and-doom) quotient that the media relies on so heavily. This is a bad omen for those on the left who who were counting on an election-year crash-and-burn.

I’ve always sort of wondered anyway… do we really have to have a recession just because the media tells us we’re going to have a recession? Experts will point to economic indicators and other impressive sounding jargon — and no doubt housing and fuel are having a negative impact and more jobs than usual are being lost. But I propose that the media itself plays no small part in affecting the psychology of the consumer and business owner.

In short, they peddle fear to the point that we become afraid to spend our money.

If that’s true — and I believe it to be — what we may be witnessing is a gradual waning of the MSM’s influence over us. They certainly don’t scare me anymore… especially after enduring their magnum opus of mass-hysteria called Y2K a few years back. Maybe people are wise to the press now. Maybe they have resolved simply to live their lives and ignore all the dire forecasts.

So what would happen if this really occurred on a mass scale? My personal prediction: the economy would boom and more people would be… well… happy. And Democrats would suffer mightily as their sacred doomsday propaganda arm started to lose it’s grip on their voter base (thank you, Senator… but we’ll make our OWN “change”). What a lovely thought…

In case you were wondering… the color of my little world is red… rosy red….