Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Why Do Obama and the Mainstream Media Hate America?

The latest Obama-related flag flap (pun intended.... heh) is that Obama apparently failed to place his hand over his heart during a rendition of the National Anthem, because he hates America. Worse still, is that despite there being no more important news in the world, the mainstream media failed to drop its coverage of the clusterfuck in Iraq, the looming war with Iran, and the failure of the so-called War on Terror to cover 'Anthemgate!' Good lord!

This summer, I was a participant in a 4th of July parade, in full Jedi costume, and at the post-parade picnic they played the National Anthem. I wasn't really sure what to do... after all, in character, my allegiance is to the Republic, not to the US... :^)

Worrying about that is about as stupid as worrying about whether Obama did or did not put his freakin' hand over his heart. Jeesh. It's a dumb PR move, certainly, but doesn't really speak to the man's patriotism one way or the other, and if you can't see that, then I have some land on Tatooine to sell you...


At 8:45 AM, Blogger R. Paul Wiegand said...

It is certain that there are people who already disliked Obama and find this little slip somehow meaningful. That's neither surprising nor interesting that they will be greatly annoyed at this.

It is certain that there are people who like Obama and feel that no rational person can make any reasonable conclusions about his patriotism from such minor incidents. That's neither surprising nor interesting that they will be greatly annoyed at those who are annoyed at this.

I wonder whether the really is some guy out there who actually liked Obama until he heard this story, and consequently now finds him distasteful. That's the guy you want to slap and ask, "What are you? Twelve? We've serious issues to deal with here, go away and let the adults make this decision."

But I somehow doubt there was even one such person. This is yet another example of where the media can get both sides riled up over something very small, without adding anything of value whatsoever.

I've already spent more time on the matter than it warranted.

At 7:27 AM, Blogger R. Paul Wiegand said...

The Post's fact-check section took on this one, btw.


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