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An Open Letter to ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and especially FOX news.
To Whom It May Concern:
This is just a friendly letter from a concerned citizen to all the heads of the major television news networks.
Frankly, I’m concerned that you don’t have a pulse.
If this were still the glorious days of the Clinton-era, no doubt each network would be falling all over each other attempting to report “stories” about such things as Whitewater, Lewinsky, perjury, and any other half-baked Republican induced lie.
And don’t worry – I know you’re very busy keeping us up to the minute on Kate Moss’s cocaine addiction, Britney’s new baby, and all the financial reasons we shouldn’t buy a hybrid car. Very busy and exciting times, I’m sure.
But if I could ask one simple favor – if it doesn’t trouble you too much – Could you please at least attempt to do your job as the supposed watchdog of our country?
I’m not sure if the right-wing talking points have struck fear into your hearts so that now you’re afraid to report of widespread corruption, lies, and deceit that infest the very soul of the Republican Party. Maybe you are afraid the truth will be labeled as nothing more than the “liberal media”.
Don’t worry, Mr. and Mrs. Newspeople. We here in the public are a lot smarter than they give us credit for. Maybe the Bush Administration’s 39% approval rating will give you a bit of courage.
It’s possible you there at CNN and FOX don’t search the “Internets” or read the fine reporting of the Boston Globe, LA Times, Washington Post, or even the NY Times. If that’s the case, don’t fret. I’ll bring you up to speed right now.
Maybe you could start with at least mentioning Bill Frist’s unusual sale of his HCA stock – stock that he wasn’t really suppose to know anything about but managed nonetheless to get regular updates about it. The last time I checked, that was against the law. Is the Senate Majority leader breaking the law not worthy for at least a 45 second slot?
Another good place to start would be to let the public know a little about Jack Abramoff, someone who has been arrested for charges of fraud, is accused of shortchanging Indian tribes, and is now in the inner circle of the Bush Administration. Maybe you could even give a news slot to Frederick Black, the US Attorney is Guam who dared investigate public corruption of Abramoff and was demoted by Bush the very next day.
Of course, any further investigation might also reveal more about Tom DeLay, who once called the Mariana Islands something akin to a “marvelous capitalistic success” when in reality the entire place is one big manufacturing sweatshop.
Maybe I’m confused and stories of corruption in every single leadership position in our government do not register as “newsworthy” any longer. I guess Karl Rove outing a CIA Officer for political retribution isn’t as exciting as some land deal in Arkansas.
Thank you again for your time in this matter. By the way, to read about these stories and bring them to your attention took about 20 minutes. If you are short-staffed and just couldn’t find this stuff, then perhaps I could join your payroll in order to insure that such an oversight doesn’t happen again.
In the first two weeks since the election, President-elect Barack Obama has broken with a tradition established over the past eight years through his controversial use of complete sentences, political observers say.
Millions of Americans who watched Mr. Obama's appearance on CBS's 60 Minutes on Sunday witnessed the president-elect's unorthodox verbal tick, which had Mr. Obama employing grammatically correct sentences virtually every time he opened his mouth.
But Mr. Obama's decision to use complete sentences in his public pronouncements carries with it certain risks, since after the last eight years many Americans may find his odd speaking style jarring.
According to presidential historian Davis Logsdon of the University of Minnesota, some Americans might find it "alienating" to have a president who speaks English as if it were his first language.
"Every time Obama opens his mouth, his subjects and verbs are in agreement," says Mr. Logsdon. "If he keeps it up, he is running the risk of sounding like an elitist."
The historian said that if Mr. Obama insists on using complete sentences in his speeches, the public may find itself saying, "Okay, subject, predicate, subject predicate -- we get it, stop showing off."
The president-elect's stubborn insistence on using complete sentences has already attracted a rebuke from one of his harshest critics, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska.
"Talking with complete sentences there and also too talking in a way that ordinary Americans like Joe the Plumber and Tito the Builder can't really do there, I think needing to do that isn't tapping into what Americans are needing also," she said.