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Our Watchdog Compliant Media

Good to know that the American press is so ready and capable of holding our elected officials accountable in these trying times:

0952 Jeff McCallister from Time magazine tells the BBC: [Obama’s] a rock star, he has a gorgeous wife, he is charismatic, young and vital. It’s echoes of the Kennedys in early 1961. It’s hard for me to imagine even if he doesn’t fix the world economy in a day that this is going to go badly for him in political terms in the US or elsewhere.

Just imagine what he would have said if Time magazine were a biased publication!

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10 Responses to Our Watchdog Compliant Media

  • Even a drugged out rock star could come up with a better present for the Queen of England than a freaking IPOD.

    TIME will not mention this.

    I’m trying to imagine the uproar among the left if Bush had ever been clueless enough to offer such a present to a head of state.  Not hard to imagine at all is it.

  • I don’t know…when you have to dip all the way to criticizing a gift the President gives the Queen (who has no political power), that’s evidence that perhaps what the Time reporter said is accurate.  After all, being unbiased means telling the truth, it doesn’t mean avoiding the truth when it shines well on a political figure.   But OK, he doesn’t give good gifts.  I suspect the country will survive.

    • I don’t know… when you have to dip all the way to criticizing a gift the President gives the Queen (who has no political power), that’s evidence that perhaps what the Time reporter said is accurate. Because if someone has no political power, we on the left know they don’t count for anything anyway. And no fair bringing up the nominee debacles, the lax controls over bailout money, the expansion of government to fire private sector employees, and all the other posts that have pointed out Obama flaws. He’s exhibiting leadership. I decree it.

      After all, being unbiased means telling the truth, it doesn’t mean avoiding the truth when it shines well on a political figure. Of course, if the target is a leftist, being unbiased does mean avoiding embarassing stuff. But that’s just the holy writ of postmodernism at work. Because there are multiple truths, and that Time reporter has found the truth that’s valid for him, which is that Obama is a rock star. Nothing biased about that. I decree it.

      But OK, he doesn’t give good gifts. I suspect the country will survive. And don’t start up with how that indicates that he has a completely incompetent staff, just don’t start! He’s a natural leader, I tell you! I decree it!!!!

    • Uh-huh, and I imagine you’d have much more to say if George W. Bush had given her an IPOD.  About how totally clueless he was in dealing with foreign countries, how out of touch he was.

      Meanwhile, as for YOUR cluelessness –  back to the books Scotty boy, the queen is not technically without political power.

      “Though the ultimate executive authority over the government of the United Kingdom is still by and through the monarch’s royal prerogative, in practice these powers are only used according to laws enacted in Parliament or within the constraints of convention and precedent.”

      “Whenever necessary, the Sovereign is responsible for appointing a new Prime Minister; the appointment is formalised at a ceremony known as Kissing Hands.[8] In accordance with unwritten constitutional conventions, the Sovereign must appoint the individual who commands the support of the House of Commons, usually the leader of the party or coalition that has a majority in that House. In a “hung parliament“, in which no party or coalition holds a majority, the monarch has an increased degree of latitude in choosing the individual likely to command most support, but it would usually be the leader of the largest party.[9][10] Since 1945, there has only been one hung parliament, following the February 1974 general election. After failed negotiations between the incumbent prime minister Edward Heath and Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe, Heath resigned and Harold Wilson was appointed Prime Minister. Although Wilson’s Labour Party did not have a majority, they were the largest party. According to Lascelles Principles, if a minority government tried to dissolve Parliament to call an early election to strengthen its position, the monarch could refuse and allow opposition parties to form a coalition government. However, as Heath had already failed, when Wilson requested a dissolution later that year, the Queen granted his request. The resulting general election gave Wilson a small majority.[11] The monarch may in theory unilaterally dismiss a Prime Minister, but in practice a Prime Minister’s term comes to an end only with death, resignation or electoral defeat. The last monarch to remove a Prime Minister was William IV, who dismissed Lord Melbourne in 1834.[12]”

      MORE –
      “The Royal Prerogative includes the powers to appoint and dismiss ministers, regulate the civil service, issue passports, declare war, make peace, direct the actions of the military, and negotiate and ratify treaties, alliances, and international agreements. However, a treaty cannot alter the domestic laws of the United Kingdom; an Act of Parliament is necessary in such cases. The monarch is commander in chief of the Armed Forces (the Royal Navy, the British Army, and the Royal Air Force), accredits British High Commissioners and ambassadors, and receives diplomats from foreign states.”

      My God you’re a dumbass Poly Sci professor.

      • And by the way, political power or not, she’s the ‘sovereign’ of the English people.  I’m not sure why her political power entered INTO your equation AT ALL, but years of tradition, even for a country that for our formative years was essentially our enemy ought to count for something on state visits. 

        There’s NO excuse for him being a lousy gift giver, he’s the freaking President of the United States and we have ADVISERS who are supposed to deal with his clueless, Beverly Hillybilly idea of gifting.

    • Boy howdy, you really pick and choose what you comment on, don’t ya professor?

    • Scott, no one has to “dip all the way” for criticism of Obama – there’s plenty of serious things to criticize at hand. Daily. For example, the budget, debt and deficit posts below this one. Would you mind providing left-leaning critiques of those posts, and/or defense of the administration’s positions? Or any of the recent serious criticisms? I for one would like to read some well-reasoned explanations of these positions, because unlike the self-evident inability of the Obamas to select thoughtful gifts for foreign dignitaries, the subjects you’re not commenting on do affect the country’s ability to survive. I’d ask my personal friends on the left but they have no answers – all currently have buyer’s remorse.

  • Frankly I’m still trying to decide if this is an April Fool’s joke.  I HOPE it is.

  • The funny part is she already has one.

    DOH!

  • [Obama’s] a rock star, he has a gorgeous wife, he is charismatic, young and vital.

    The propaganda mill already at work.  This is part of how MiniTru will cover the failings of TAO: by making him a “rock star”.  We’ll be told repeatedly how young, charismatic, vital, and SMART TAO is.  How great his wife looks in her designer clothes (I guess no more Target for Mrs. Obama).  Here’s the First Family (the girls are just so CUTE!) on vacation in Hawaii.  Here’s Mrs. Obama (check out the arms!  And that DRESS!) holding a group of children spellbound as she reads to them.  Here’s TAO, leader of the Free World, busy at his desk as he wrestles with the problems that concern all Americans (so commanding!).  Pay no attention to what he DOES: only pay attention to how good he looks doing it.
    MiniTru has been dying to bring back Camelot since 1963.  It didn’t work with Jimmuh, who sounded like a bumpkin school teacher.  They tried with Slick Willie, but his bad behavior ruined it almost as much as his very UN-Jackie wife.  Well, they think that they’ve got Camelot again: a young, hip president and his lovely, stylish wife.  Let’s forget that Camelot – JFK – brought us Vietnam, the Berlin Wall, and the Cuban Missile Crisis.  Man, he and Jackie were SUCH a great-looking, fashionable couple, eh?  And their kids: so darned CUTE.
    Pay no attention to what he DOES: only pay attention to how good he looks doing it.