POLITICAL CARTOONIST COMES OUT FROM BEHIND HIS CARTOONS AND TELLS IT LIKE IT IS
Those of you who read the Rat on a regular basis are probably aware that he’s very fond of the work of political cartoonist Michael Ramirez. The above cartoon is a perfect example – Rat laughed until he damn near cried. A large part of what makes “funny” funny is truth. The dog’s eyes and O’s bunched (hunched) up pant leg were all it took to send the Rat over the edge. As is most often the case, Ramirez nailed it.
Ramirez usually lets his biting editorial cartoons do the talking, but yesterday, he wrote a column on a subject dear to the Rat’s heart: Media bias. Picking up on ABC’s Jake Tapper’s observation that the media is more interested in Mitt Romney’s tax returns and time at Bain Capital than it is in jobs and the economy, Ramirez argues that lapdogs of the media amount to little more than minions of the Regime:
The date was June 15, 1992. In an elementary school in Trenton, New Jersey, reading off a flash card that had been prepared by the teacher, the special guest counseled the child writing potato on the blackboard, “You’re close, but you left a little something off – the ‘e’ on the end.”
The media reacted swiftly and relentlessly – the story was on all the front pages and was carried by all the major networks. To the mainstream media, it was the moment that Dan Quayle confirmed “what a waste it is to lose one’s mind.”
It didn’t matter that the flash card given to the vice president was prepared by a teacher and was itself misspelled. It was carried on every news wire, every news program and found its way into every late night TV monologue.
Quayle’s mind must have been on other things. It wasn’t like he repeated the mistake in all 57 states, or more precisely in Beaverton, Ore., in May 2008; or while traveling on the “Intercontinental” railroad in Cincinnati on Sept. 23, 2011; or perhaps, while he was speaking to the “President” of Canada in Chicago on Aug. 7, 2007.
He might not have known how to say it in “Austrian” while in Strasbourg, France, on April 5, 2009; or perhaps he was thinking of “Polish Death Camps” at the White House on May 30, 2012; or thinking about when he met with world leaders in that splendid “Asian” city, Honolulu, on Nov. 16, 2011.
He might have been thinking of the brave Navy “corpse” man at the prayer breakfast in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 5, 2010, which may not sound so strange to someone who also said: “On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes — and I see many of them in the audience here today…”
All these examples were unreported or under-reported gaffes of President Obama.
The mainstream media didn’t seem to think these incidents were worthy of a media feeding frenzy, unlike those of poor Dan Quayle.
If Vice President Quayle had only been misspelling “Ohio” as “Oiho” – with three college students instead of one elementary student, at an institution of higher learning like Ohio State University instead of an elementary school, the media would certainly have ignored it. (Of course not.)
Or, perhaps, they would have been all over it, as the Washington Post was…quick to defend President Obama, claiming the photo must have been “Photoshopped.”
Unfortunately for the Post, the incident was captured by several different cameras from multiple angles. Oops. Apparently, misspellings are only important when they are done by someone with whom they philosophically disagree.
It was an unimportant issue that was wildly blown out of proportion by a biased media back in 1992 and now, completely ignored by a hypercritical and biased media in 2012. As White House reporter for ABC News Jake Tapper recently commented, “The media is failing the country.”
A July 16 Rasmussen poll revealed “59% of likely U.S. voters believe Obama has received the best treatment from the media so far” and “51% expect most reporters to help Obama.” Only 9% expect the media to help Romney.
The media should, at bare minimum, be expected to reveal the truth. But it won’t even do that.
But unsubstantiated reports about Mitt Romney’s tax returns? No problem.
MSNBC analyst Mark Halperin, when asked about Mitt Romney’s tax returns on the Today Show, said, “The press still likes this story a lot.” He added, “The media are very susceptible to doing what the Obama campaign wants, which is to focus on this.”
Where is the real news?
Since the recovery began in June 2009, real median household income has fallen 4.8%, according to a new report from Sentier Research. This report is especially damning because incomes only dropped 2.6% during the recession.
Shouldn’t this be front page news?
The deficit is closing in on $16 trillion. That’s $1 trillion more than our entire GDP in 2011. The U.S. is on its way to becoming Spain. The president’s solution? Raise taxes on the upper 2%. But that takes in only about $45 billion. The CBO reports our deficit in 2012 is $1.1 trillion.
Where are the media truth tellers?
Tapper criticized the media for not covering the economy more. “A lot of people are hurting out there,” he said. “Unemployment is 8.3%. That doesn’t even take into account the underemployed.”
In recent polls, the most important issue to Americans continues to be the economy and jobs. What’s not being reported is that there are fewer people employed today than at the end of the last recession — the longest spell without net jobs growth since at least World War II. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, at the end of the recession 59.4% of Americans had jobs. That’s just 58.4% today.
As Joe Biden said in Athens, Ohio, on October 15, 2008, “The No. 1 job facing the middle class, and it happens to be, as Barack says, ‘a three-letter word': jobs. J-O-B-S.”
The media is so far in the liberal tank, I sometimes believe it honestly doesn’t believe it’s biased. Neither did Pravda.