Tuesday, July 29, 2008

RE: Is Obama Another Jimmy Carter?

OK, but the guys on Fox & Friends (according to a clip on the Daily Show last week) showed Obama in front of German monument and wasted no time comparing his location and speech to that of Hitler back in the day.

Like a lot of folks these days, I only get my national news from the Daily Show and the Colbert Report. :)


From: brian_menard@hotmail.com
To: yhkpenguin@yahoo.com; misterb_46@hotmail.com; b.adamson@comcast.net; briada@hotmail.com
CC: yhkpenguin.amomai@blogger.com
Subject: Re: Is Obama Another Jimmy Carter?
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2008 08:17:02 -0400

Actually, your dear friends at Fox News (real news portions, not opinion shows, and not Obermaneque "opinion pretending to be news" shows) did the best job of covering Obama on the trip (while also getting digs in at their ABC/CBS/NBC rivals for their giddy fawning coverage) with actual reporters reporting what happened, with whom he met, what was discussed, and what reactions come from it all. I agree that the European coverage, by and large, was more focused than the Americans' star struck coverage. That included telling about how his German crowd got pretty quiet when Obama said Europe needed to step up and do their part in Afghanistan (for which I give him great credit). Didn't catch much of that here, but maybe I missed it in my channel surfing between the "big three" majors, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, and FOX.
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Sent: Monday, July 28, 2008 10:52 PM
Subject: RE: Is Obama Another Jimmy Carter?

Brian M.

"Though I'm buried with reading and writing for a class, I can't sit out any longer on all the "media are for McCain" comments. Are we really in such different worlds that you guys think the media are shilling for McCain when Obama just did his superstar world tour with the three major network anchors and their accompanying entourages in tow? In my world, all their attention gave him a nice poll bump, though he somehow seems to have managed to lose much of it again in just a couple days despite all the fawning media efforts to help him any way they can."

Sorry, but I've got to comment on the above topic.

Yes, we really are in different worlds... Because, left-wingers are focusing on the story around the story. The story as told by the corporate media was Obama as "Rock Star" - - McCain criticizes Obama for not going overseas and then criticizes him for going overseas - - Looks like grandpa is the flip-flopper.

The media story was about the media covering the story. What is enlightening though is how little the media actually covered Obama, what Obama did and what Obama said. Instead the media was the message. The story was all about how big the story was. So, we're all left with the knowledge that Obama went to Europe and took an entourage of media with him to cover his big trip? What did we actually learn about that trip? What was actually covered? Just the story about how big the story was? How bizarre. Look at how Obama was covered in Europe. In Europe Obama was the story; In America the medias coverage of Obama was the story. Remember, Neil Postmans landmark book on television, "The medium is the message."

Brian Adamson

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