I’m a fan of Adele. Her new single says it all.
Adele’s music also keeps me sane–distracts me from other frustrations like Obama’s tax cuts for the wealthiest one percent of Americans.
December 8, 2010 • 9:07 am 0
November 5, 2010 • 4:14 pm 0
Where did the lie that President Obama’s trip to Asia is costing taxpayers $200 million dollars a day originate?
Anderson Cooper explains (in a reasoned yet nonetheless disapproving manner) that the ridiculous myth emerged from a businessman in India. However, the source is anonymous and can’t be confirmed. Less than reputable, as Anderson points out.
What’s more upsetting is the conservative media’s use of the bloated number to spur rage toward the President. How better to rile up patriotic, nativist U.S. citizens? Ask Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh. Worse, buy into the lies put forth by our elected representatives. When Congresswoman Michelle Bachman relates the $200 million myth on Cooper’s program, he calls her on it.
Shame on Bachman for perpetuating misinformation. How do Minnesota constituents feel about the latest of their representative’s falsehoods?
October 18, 2010 • 9:50 am 0
Fox News host Brian Kilmeade sums up his philosophy–not an impartial one, to say the least–that “there was a certain group of people that attacked us on 9/11. It wasn’t just one person, it was one religion. Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims.”
One wonders if, in Kilmeade’s one-sided view of terrorism, he includes men like Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, the Oklahoma City bombers.
President Obama has derided Fox News’ lack of impartial journalism, calling it “destructive.” Kilmeade, O’Reilly, and Glenn Beck are all shucksters–far-right politicos masquerading as journalists.
In terms of infotainment, Fox News can’t be beat.
July 6, 2010 • 1:14 pm 0
When is it justifiable to modify a real-life image?
The Economist photoshopped its most recent cover of President Obama, emphasizing his formidable challenge with BP and the Deepwater Horizon disaster. In the original photo, Obama is shown with Commander Thad Allen and the president of Lafourche Parish, Charlotte Randolph, as they briefed him on response efforts. In the Economist‘s cover, however, Obama is shown hunched, alone, seemingly deep in thought about the environmental disaster–to great visual effect.
Issues of copyright infringement aside (we have to assume the Economist editors ok’d the change with Reuters, the copyright owner–unlike Shepard Fairey, whose iconic reproduction of an AP-owned Obama image led to a well-publicized court case), the cover is most definitely more compelling without the pesky bureaucrats in conversation with the President.
Emma Duncan, deputy editor of the magazine, provides this clarification:
Yes, Charlotte Randolph was edited out of the image (Admiral Allen was removed by the crop). We removed her not to make a political point, but because the presence of an unknown woman would have been puzzling to readers…I asked for Ms. Randolph to be removed because I wanted readers to focus on Mr. Obama, not because I wanted to make him look isolated. That wasn’t the point of the story. “The damage beyond the spill” referred to on the cover, and examined in the cover leader, was the damage not to Mr. Obama, but to business in America.
I agree that it’s the right of the magazine staff to crop or modify graphics for the visual impact, the sake of the story. Somehow, though, the fact that this image is so close to the actual photograph seems disingenuous.
If you saw this cover on the newsstand, would you assume it was a mocked-up design or a photograph?
May 25, 2010 • 5:15 am 0
The latest: the Obama administration will support the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal put forward by Congress this week. It’s a compromise between gay rights groups’ wish for immediate repeal and the Pentagon’s study-in-progress. The Pentagon’s study is due December 1.
If the vote happens in Congress, and the President signs it, the move will be one step forward for Obama’s stagnant record in gay rights. Public pressure must be credited to Lt. Dan Choi and the Servicemember’s Legal Defense Network for recent acts of civil disobedience as well as the protest art that’s cropped up.