The President’s Honeymoon Never Started


Somebody once said the first 100 days of the presidency can be regarded as the President’s honeymoon, which I took that to mean with the media journalists in our country; well stating it simply “I don’t see that happening with our newly elected President.” Furthermore, when our President took office less than a month ago, negative journalism for the most part began.

Perhaps “negative” is a bit to strong and not the exactly the correct definition, perhaps the recently created word of “spin” is more befitting of what I see coming over the airways, which includes the online news services and television.

Whatever, my feelings are when I view the RSS banner headlines I subscribe to, from what I consider two leading sources of political news, and they’re casting our newly developing administration and the presidency in a negative light with over half of their articles devoted to day after day of negativeness then I feel absolutely justified in labeling them “negative.”

One provider is the Time Warner organization, which includes CNN and Time, while the other is Politico, which I often quote in my blogs when I find there “factual” reporting available.  I desire news coverage which lets me decide my opinion on the story being covered, not the commentator’s or the author’s mostly slighted opinion.

As an example, I believe in President Obama’s Economic Stimulus package, but if I followed the supposedly good advice from everything I read from the two aforementioned agencies I’d have to write my congressional representatives and request their “no” votes on the package.

Typically from Politico I receive between thirty to forty articles a day in two different downloads, an AM group and a PM group. Here are a few of the article’s I consider negative from today’s PM group:

Gibbs… pretty in pink?
from Politico by Patrick Gavin

Press conference sparks media debate
from Politico by Michael Calderone

Republicans find a groove
from Politico by Jeremy Lott

Bipartisanship is not always good
from Politico by Julian E. Zelizer

These are not necessarily the best examples, I have, of just one subscription download, for one time, during one day, but they do I feel serve the purpose of this posting.  I’ll let the readers of this blog to be the judge, but please don’t think I’m thin skinned; Edward R, Murrow had it correctly in a commentary he made in the early 50’s when he spoke of the impact television could have on the listening public.  Here is a quote from Mr. Murrow and his view on television ” “This instrument [television] can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire, but it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box.” – RTNDA Convention Speech, October 15 1958.”

Today our economy is causing an extreme amount of hardships for many; we should be rallying around a leader who has a plan to heal America, President Obama honestly admits he’s not sure if his plan will work, but now is the time for the media to raise the morale of the nation and present unity not look for ways to undermine what our leaders are attempting to do.


4 Responses to “The President’s Honeymoon Never Started”

  1. February 12, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    Hmmm… His plan to save ourselves from ourselves includes a lot more than economics, Take sections 13101 through 13434. Now, how do those things help, or even have anything at all to do with the economy.

  2. February 12, 2009 at 5:34 PM

    Hi Tom,

    Interesting site the yours.

    I think they should be overseeing (or working) the real things too.

    They allow the bush) or US) disaster, which we have now, so they have to focus on others. Also, they want some bailouts too.

    Thanks for the links; I will check them a little later.


  3. 3 afrankangle
    February 16, 2009 at 10:10 PM

    The title says a lot! The beating of the drums of descent started the night of the election and haven’t stopped since … and will continue because that’s what they do. The name of their song? … Party first, country second.

  4. February 17, 2009 at 5:52 PM

    The mere idea of a national unity of purpose is an open threat to broadcasting enterprises and conservative politicians, most specially if they’re not the ones trumpeting for it … they would rather have the citizens dupped into believing that the invasion of Iraq was and still is a valid incentive in pursue of a national unity of purpose … what this present crisis has brought us is the ever increasing perception that the media and conservatives act, and understand our everyday life, based on a faith system of ideological appendices that suits fine their ‘best’ self-serving interests of national unity of purpose …

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