Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Welcome to the corporate media terrordome, Barack and Michelle

So this is what Michelle Obama said according to FoxNews:

People in this country are ready for change and hungry for a different kind of politics and … for the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback.

First, let's recognize that the context is about change and a hunger for a different type of politics than the politics she has seen since becoming an adult in 1982. What she is talking about is her belief that her husband represents the best hope among young folks since Robert F. Kennedy in 1968. Let's leave my personal opinion out of the equation this time, shall we?

Second, is it really reasonable for any of the corporate pundits and political hack-spinners to assume Michelle Obama's words meant she had no love whatsoever for her nation before now? The word "pride" is somewhat ambiguous in its definition: Here is the first of several definitions for the word "pride" in the Merriam-Webster's dictionary:

The quality or state of being proud: as a: inordinate self-esteem : conceit b: a reasonable or justifiable self-respect c: delight or elation arising from some act, possession, or relationship...

To paraphrase the late Karen Carpenter, the Republican slime machine "...has only just begun..." to slime her and her husband.

And, really, when we think about it, isn't what Karen Carpenter was singing about the same as what Michelle Obama was meaning to say, which is merely to express a happy moment regarding her husband and those supporting her husband for president? Of course that was the true intent--and the incessant, poisonous chatter emanating from our television sets and radios about this phony "issue" is, unfortunately, the latest example of why our public discourse is so polluted and toxic.

Want to learn anything? Want to participate in a more reasonable and ultimately higher level of public policy discourse? Turn off television and radio "news". Instead, read leading newspapers and journals (hard copy or on the Web), and maybe even a few books by learned scholars or writers instead of hacks. One learns more about life and living from SpongeBob SquarePants and Fairly Oddparents than what passes for "news" in corporate media.



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