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Letter to the Editor

February 13, 2009

Same old story



To the editor:

Hope. Change. These were the buzzwords used by the campaign of the newly elected Barack Hussein Obama.

I did not vote for the man, although I hope that change will come - as long as it's the right kind.

What I have seen in the media's coverage of Obama's election, however, is more of the same. Liberal bias runs rampant on virtually every television station and all throughout print media.

The other day I walked into Borders book store and saw over a dozen magazines with our new president on the cover. Of course, that's to be expected, since he was just elected president. What was not expected, however, were the doctored pictures rendering Obama in the likeness of FDR and lauding the "New, New Deal" he would offer us, championing his "inspirational" campaign or asking such hard-hitting, policy-driven questions as: "What kind of dog will the Obama family get?"

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Likewise, youngsters shouldn't be subjected to the brainwashing that the many Obama-related children's books (with titles like "Yes, we can") offered.

Similarly, stories such as the recent Associated Press article about the possibility of the 22nd Amendment being repealed so that Obama can run for a third term in office (when he's barely started his first) and Herald-Mail articles about how our new president has "inspired" our nation's youth (with Obama posters inside) are seriously biased, and journalistically unprofessional.

Recently, when Obama took off his suit jacket in the Oval Office, the media's appetite for coverage of his heroic action was insatiable. When one of Obama's senior advisors, David Axelrod, was asked about this action, he made such statements as: "He's from Hawaii," "He likes it warm" and "You could grow orchids in there."

Yet, this is the same man who, on the campaign trail, said that Americans lacked leadership if we kept "our homes on 72 degrees at all times." But the media did not focus on this hypocrisy, but rather chose to paint a picture of Obama's jacket removal as an example of him "getting down to business."

I understand the importance of this past presidential election. But if I have to endure one more Barack Obama commemorative coin television ad, or hear the word "historic" used by the media one more time, I just might go insane. And if Obama keeps getting preferential treatment simply because he's liberal (like most members of the media) and is not wholly caucasian, I just might have to take down my American flag, because that's not representative of the nation I love.

So here's a tip to the media: Try to refrain from falling all over yourselves in your drooling, sycophantic love affair with the new guy, quell the "thrills" running up your legs, and apply one of the buzzwords from your "messiah's" campaign - do your best to be fair, impartial and unbiased for a change.

Byron T. Leavas
Big Pool

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