Monday, February 16, 2009

News 'analysis' is making me crazy

It drove me crazy to listen to Cokey Roberts' uncritical validation of republican complaints about Obama's failure to deliver on his bipartisan promises on the stimulus package during her so-called analysis piece on NPR this morning.

Her entire analysis consisted of nothing more than tired old spin-rich in-side politics pablum.

I don't think it's overstating the situation to say that the world is on the brink of an economic precipice.

It's my fervent hope that in a year's time we'll look back, wipe our brow and say "Whew!, that was a close one.", and then blithely continue on in our lives sure in the knowledge that we have secured our long-term financial security, both personally and nationally.

It is my deepest fear that in a year's time we will look back on this time as a missed opportunity to avoid going over the economic cliff.

In this environment it is nothing less that imperative that the press use every reporting and analysis moment to educate and inform the public on the arguments and facts in support of all meaningful arguments put forward by credible sources on all sides of the political spectrum. When Cokie Roberts focused on and supported Lindsay Graham's and John McCain's claims of partisan-ship on the part of Obama, as she failed to cover more substantive aspects of our current crisis, she let all of us down.

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