Timothy Egan of the New York Times asks aloud why the Republican Party is cheering on the failure of things that hurt regular people—not just their political opponents:
It’s hard to remember a time when a major political party and its media arm were so actively rooting for fellow Americans to lose. When the first attempt by the United States to launch a satellite into orbit, in 1957, ended in disaster, did Democrats start to cheer, and unify to stop a space program in its infancy? Or, when Medicare got off to a confusing start, did Republicans of the mid-1960s wrap their entire political future around a campaign to deny government-run health care to the elderly?
Of course not. But for the entirety of the Obama era, Republicans have consistently been cheerleaders for failure. They rooted for the economic recovery to sputter, for gas prices to spike, the job market to crater, the rescue of the American automobile industry to fall apart.
While Egan notes that the Obama administration has made a lot of mistakes in his rollout of the health care plan, the media attention appears to be misplaced: "But where were the news conferences, the Fox News alerts, the parading of people who couldn’t get their lifesaving cancer treatments under the old system? Where was the media attention when thousands of people were routinely dumped once they got sick? When did Republicans in Congress hold an oversight hearing on the leading cause of personal bankruptcy—medical debt?"
11:18 // 1 week ago
FoxNews, Washington Times, Drudge, and other conservative and conspiracy media outlets are having a field day with Obama’s EO.
Mainstream media ignores the announcement. Why?
Well, read up on it. Here’s the executive order and the fact sheet, both released by the U.S. White House. Looks like it’s more about adapting to climate change than working to prevent any further climate change.
14:25 // 1 month ago
To be clear: Our intelligence capabilities, and the dedication of the men and women who work in the U.S. intelligence community, including at the NSA, are beyond compare. Their contributions and sacrifices are a significant reason we have enjoyed relative security since 9/11.
No one disputes the need for careful, thorough intelligence gathering. Nor is it a secret that we collect information about what is happening around the world to help protect our citizens, our allies and our homeland. So does every intelligence service in the world.
While our capabilities are unmatched, the U.S. government is not operating unrestrained. We are not listening to every phone call or reading every e-mail. Far from it. There are legal limits to what the NSA can and cannot do, and the recent disclosures and additional documents the government has declassified prove just how seriously the NSA takes these limits.
The promise comes at a time when the administration is facing criticism from numerous countries around the world for alleged spying and as a mass rally against government spying takes place in D.C.
14:12 // 1 month ago