City of Roses
There are precedents. Even though President Bush and his administration never said that Iraq sponsored or was linked to 9/11, you could not stand the fact that Americans had that misapprehension -- so you pounded us with the fact that there was no such link. (Along the way, you created the false impression that Bush had lied to them and said that there was a connection.)
Ummmmmm.......except they DID suggest there was an established connection time and time again, as has well been documented before here!
If you had any principles, then surely right now, when the American people are set to blame President Bush and John McCain for a crisis they tried to prevent, and are actually shifting to approve of Barack Obama because of a crisis he helped cause, you would be laboring at least as hard to correct that false impression.
An urgent lesson I indeed wholeheartedly agree with, which unfortunately some Bush Administration apologists here realized a little too late!
Your job, as journalists, is to tell the truth. That's what you claim you do, when you accept people's money to buy or subscribe to your paper.
But right now, you are consenting to or actively promoting a big fat lie -- that the housing crisis should somehow be blamed on Bush, McCain, and the Republicans. You have trained the American people to blame everything bad -- even bad weather -- on Bush, and they are responding as you have taught them to.
The key word here is "somehow". And yes, I believe BOTH parties are to blame for this mess.
How the Democrats are to blame has already been established well here. The GOP are also to blame heavily for this mess. One congressman, Scott Garrett, alone is a very revealing story, who has went so far as to hire as his chief of staff a lobbyist for Countrywide Financial and Washington Mutual, two of the firms that most "benefitted" from Garrett's anti-regulatory positionings, and also the whole collapse in the banking and rela estate sectors. All while sitting in the House Financial Services Committee.
Garrett is far from alone in this among his caucus. McCain himself refuses to explain his role, along with other party faithful, in dismantling the federal regulatory agencies that were designed to protect ordinary Americans from unrestrained predatory capitalism in the first place. Also, in May of this year, in fact, when Congress passed the Waters' Neighborhood Stabilization Act of 2008, and the majority of Congress joined in this assisting of families affected by the deregulation mess, the minority 94 who voted against it were all typical rubber-stamp Bush policy Republicans, including Garrett.
That's not even the worst part of this though. Putting all the blame on one party's doorstep is irresponsible enough, but when some are actually shifting the blame to the poor and minorities for this mess, like Jon Kyl has done, that's just despicable to me. And Congress collectively should be ashamed of itself.
If you had any personal honor, each reporter and editor would be insisting on telling the truth -- even if it hurts the election chances of your favorite candidate.
Because that's what honorable people do. Honest people tell the truth even when they don't like the probable consequences. That's what honesty means. That's how trust is earned.
Indubitably. So why won't McCain come clean and explain himself too?
Of course, when during the vast majority of his campaign his economic agenda didn't even hint the housing crisis as an issue, it comes to no surprise to me why he tries distancing himself as far from the matter as he can.
If you do not tell the truth about the Democrats -- including Barack Obama -- and do so with the same energy you would use if the miscreants were Republicans -- then you are not journalists by any standard.
Ditto, and the reciprocality of that as well!
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"