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Sun Feb 24, 2013, 12:24 PM

For 8 fricking years the media gave bush and the repukes a free pass. Now everything that this

administration does is subject to criticism.

Why weren't they doing their job during the bush administration?

If this isn't double vision I don't know what is

The most recent example is the sequester. They let the rpukes spout their misinformation, but 99% of the reporters do not believe they should ask these same republicans who are blaming the President for it, why they voted for it?

I have not heard one reporter ask a repuke that question.

The drone attacks should rightfully be questioned, however, all the garbage that the bush administration pulled, not once was this kind of stuff questioned.

I guess the question to the media really comes down to this:

Why do they require an African American to have a higher standard than they required of a white president?



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Reply For 8 fricking years the media gave bush and the repukes a free pass. Now everything that this (Original post)
still_one Feb 2013 OP
orwell Feb 2013 #1
still_one Feb 2013 #2
RevStPatrick Feb 2013 #3
still_one Feb 2013 #4
RevStPatrick Feb 2013 #6
still_one Feb 2013 #11
AnotherMcIntosh Feb 2013 #5
nadinbrzezinski Feb 2013 #7
Angry Dragon Feb 2013 #8
woo me with science Feb 2013 #9
Igel Feb 2013 #10
still_one Feb 2013 #14
L0oniX Feb 2013 #12
City Lights Feb 2013 #13
tblue37 Feb 2013 #15
davidn3600 Feb 2013 #16
TheKentuckian Feb 2013 #17
still_one Feb 2013 #18
woo me with science Feb 2013 #21
still_one Feb 2013 #26
Initech Feb 2013 #19
OceanEcosystem Feb 2013 #20
sibelian Feb 2013 #22
City Lights Feb 2013 #24
Kingofalldems Feb 2013 #29
Pretzel_Warrior Feb 2013 #23
still_one Feb 2013 #25
orpupilofnature57 Feb 2013 #27
October Feb 2013 #28

Response to still_one (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 12:33 PM

1. Because the MSM is owned...

...by and large by rich white men.

Tax breaks for the 1% sound real nice when you are in the 1%...

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Response to orwell (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 12:35 PM

2. I definitely think there is a racist element to it /nt

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Response to still_one (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 12:39 PM

3. You ask... "Why weren't they doing their job during the bush administration?"

 

You might be under the mis-impression that "their job" is to inform you.
It is not.
"Their job" is to sell advertising in order to enrich their investors.
Period.

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Response to RevStPatrick (Reply #3)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 12:46 PM

4. There you to be a requirement that a certain amount of air time needed to be for that

They are using public airwaves

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Response to still_one (Reply #4)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 12:54 PM

6. Airwaves?

 

What are talking about, airwaves?
Nobody "broadcasts" on "airwaves" anymore.

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Response to RevStPatrick (Reply #6)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 01:19 PM

11. I meant FCC regulations used to have requirements for licensing

And one of those was allocation of time for news for the public interest

Also there are hams and radio that still broadcast over air waves

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Response to still_one (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 12:52 PM

5. How many years has the MSM not reported the failure to prosecute war criminals?

 

Surely Bush and Cheney knew that there were war ciminals at the time.

But why didn't they have them prosecuted?

Why hasn't the MSM reported that "It's all the fault of the Republicans"?

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Response to still_one (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 12:55 PM

7. You forget, this African American is a democrat

in the highest circles of power it was decided that Democrats have no right to rule over the United States. If they do things like the NLBR might happen, and we cannot have that.

The New Deal really has made the right in this country go crazy for now close to four generations, and we all know them crazy libs pushed for that, which is close to communism (I wish I was making this up, but reading a book on the history of the conservative movement right now, and trust me, I am not off)

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Response to still_one (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 12:58 PM

8. Because they are entertainers and not reporters

And you do not question a War Criminal because you may disappear

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Response to still_one (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 12:58 PM

9. The corporate takeover is bipartisan, and the media remains complicit.



We are *still* being looted into impoverishment.

It would be nice if the media would hold ALL politicians accountable, but, unfortunately, the media and the politicians are owned by the same interests.



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Response to still_one (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 01:15 PM

10. Let's see ...

Weak economic growth was common news. Unemployment rate was under 6% but growth was weak. Why?

Because of the humongous, out of control budget deficits. That peaked at $450 billion or so.

The result was all the news in 2006 and 2007 about how the GINI coefficient was going in the wrong direction and the middle class was disappearing. Even if the NYT's own graphic showed more middle-classers were vanishing into the upper classes than the lower classes.

And let's not forget the wars. WMD. After a brief spurt of "Let's watch out for WMD" the news was "no WMDs found ... again." Along with the death toll in Iraq (or the "good war," Afghanistan) was increasing. As though they expected the death toll to decrease.

AQ smashed. But no--it became non-hierarchical. It metastasized into a multi-headed hydra with barely any support mechanism behind it. It was an idea, and destroying its base in Afghanistan unleashed terror in Indonesia, Thailand, Pakistan, the Maghreb, etc.

And let's not forget all the malapropisms and mangled speech examples. Or the leaked transcripts. Or Gitmo and waterboarding.

Now, these didn't play as big as many hoped and wanted and expected. They didn't have the desired effect. They didn't include campaigns for war crimes trials to be conducted as the opening statements were read to the sound of the gallows being built outside the courthouse.

But even as there were calls for a stimulus to counteract a weakening economy, there were equally loud counter-calls for the stimulus to be rolled back to the bare minimum lest the deficits go out of control again. Claims that the economy wasn't as weak as claimed by the administration and it was all a political gimmick. Or if there was a weakening economcy all we needed was to eliminate the deficit or have more government spending with tax increases--but not just more spending because the deficit was already insanely large at $250 billion. (Even though, in hindsight, we were in a recession and the proper (D) argument would have been to crank up that stimulus and have larger deficits).

Confirmation bias and perception filter. The media failed to paint the devil soot black and it is failing to paint the good guy with a sufficiently white hat. (R) currently have the exact reverse opinion: Obama's whitewashed while * was dipped in tar three times a day and instead of being then doused with chicken feathers was drenched in soot.

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Response to Igel (Reply #10)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 01:26 PM

14. The R's may have a different perception however independent studies have pointed to far more

Negative coverage of this administration, than positive stories compared to under bush

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Response to still_one (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 01:21 PM

12. The media is nothing but a dog and pony show. Not fit for mental consumption. n/t

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Response to still_one (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 01:25 PM

13. The corporate media has its own goals,

and they see the Greedy Old Puppets as more willing to help them achieve them. While I do see more racism in all corners of the United States since Obama was elected, I think media favoritism has more to do with party label than skin color.

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Response to still_one (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 01:34 PM

15. Not precisely the problem. The problem is that the media are

corporate owned, so that higher standard applies to all Dems--unless they are conserva-corporate Dems, in which case they will be given a pass, too, and then used as evidence of "bipartisan balance."

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Response to still_one (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 01:36 PM

16. They deserve criticism on some things

Drones
Kill lists
Bankers going unpunished
No climate change policy

etc...

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Response to still_one (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 01:48 PM

17. My aims during the Bush Occupation was not for Democrats to also not be accountable

or for black Presidents to go unquestioned and unchecked but rather for all Presidents to be accountable to Congress and the People.

My concern isn't a lack of equality off accountability but the lack of it at all, including for Obama who may well be roasted on a spit but almost exclusively on bullshit-no Budweiser at his "beer summit", how "un-American" vacationing in Hawaii can seem to be, birth certificates, "Death Panels", did Beyonce lip sync, and other assorted nonsense of no importance whatsoever.

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Response to TheKentuckian (Reply #17)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 02:33 PM

18. Agreed, but my point is that the coverage is not even handed

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Response to TheKentuckian (Reply #17)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 03:10 PM

21. THANK YOU.

Let's repeat that one, because it's important:

"My aims during the Bush Occupation was not for Democrats to also not be accountable or for black Presidents to go unquestioned and unchecked, but rather for all Presidents to be accountable to Congress and the People."


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Response to woo me with science (Reply #21)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 04:59 PM

26. I'll second that

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Response to still_one (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 02:51 PM

19. Note to republicans: THERE IS NO FUCKING LIBERAL MEDIA!!!!

It's the big lie they tout on a daily basis but the truth is: it doesn't exist. If our media was liberal then Bush would not have survived his first term. Hell he probably wouldn't have been elected in the first place (fuck you Fox ).

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Response to still_one (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 03:00 PM

20. "The media gave Bush and the Republicans a free pass?"

 

Seriously?

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Response to OceanEcosystem (Reply #20)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 03:47 PM

22. Uh, yeah.

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Response to OceanEcosystem (Reply #20)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 03:52 PM

24. Pretty much.

Seriously.

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Response to OceanEcosystem (Reply #20)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 11:45 AM

29. Really serious.

Yeah.
DU didn't give him a free pass though, is that what you are talking about?

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Response to still_one (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 03:49 PM

23. not 8 years....but definitely the first 8. 2005 Katrina and mosque bombing in Iraq were tipping

 

points where the truth could no longer be denied. They spent most of their time doing "make up" calls in their coverage of late Bush administration as though that was supposed to counter balance their complete SILENCE and COMPLICITY in the evil he wrought early in his administration.

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Response to Pretzel_Warrior (Reply #23)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 04:58 PM

25. true, but it was so late in the game, and the damage had already been set.

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Response to still_one (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 05:02 PM

27. G.E.

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Response to orpupilofnature57 (Reply #27)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 10:02 AM

28. Yep. G.E. started it all...

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