What's with the code words?
Someone tell me what in the world are the so-called prominent television journalists getting paid for these days? They obviously aren't doing their jobs. According to the site http://www.newshounds.us/:
" (Sean) Hannity smugly finished his interview by telling (Bill) Hemmer that he had given some quotes to Cheney from Nancy Pelosi. He said that Cheney shrugged, and smiled, and said those were San Francisco values not mid America values."
And check out Chris Matthews (http://mediamatters.org/items/200610240010)
"Do you think -- does she (Nancy Pelosi) look like if she gets a full -- a full spread on TV, like 60 Minutes, a program like that, she'll probably get more on 20/20, shows like that? Do you think she's looking too San Francisco?"
And now you have a correspondent from CNN, Candy Crowley, asking Democratic House of Representative candidate Heath Shuler:
"Are you a Nancy Pelosi Democrat?" (http://mediamatters.org/items/200610250003)
In an earlier post, I said that it seems that our so-called news gatherers are taking on Republican talking points about Rep. Nancy Pelosi before she even has the opportunity to become Speaker of the House. They seem to be trying to undermine her before she even takes the job.
It reminds me of when Ronald Reagan was running for president in the 1980 election. He made up a story about a "welfare queen" ripping off the government (http://www.huppi.com/kangaroo/L-welfarequeen.htm).
The story, of course, was a lie designed to exploit people's ignorance about welfare. But more than that, Reagan's lie conjured up the racist image of lazy fat black women in house dresses who sat around getting pregnant in between watching their "stories" and collecting welfare checks.
That image was effective.
Now, over 20 years later, we have journalists, gatekeepers if you will, taking a page from Reagan's book. What the hell are "San Francisco values" anyway?
Apparently they are supposed to mean "anything goes," which means free love, polygamy, socialism, and yes, homosexuality.
Just like Reagan used racist connotations to get elected in 1980, so-called objective journalists are using homophobic terms to smear Rep. Nancy Pelosi in 2006.
Now I don't know if Nancy Pelosi will be Speaker of the House after November 7 and if she does, I don't know whether or not she will be effective.
But I do know what true journalism is and none of our overpaid, simple minded people smiling on camera spouting soundbites and polemic statements fit the bill.
We should expect and demand more from those who claim to tell us the facts without bias.
I have said it once, and I will say it again:
I dare anyone to tell me that this is purely coincidental.