Entries Tagged 'Politics Blogs' ↓

Americans deserve an honest look at politicians

Our side is corrupt, but the other side is more corrupt.

While watching television coverage of presidential campaigns, it occurred to me that interviewers must do a better job of giving American voters an honest look at candidates. After asking their question, interviewers should listen to the response. If the politician does not answer the question the interviewer should say, “I guess you are not going to answer my question.” And then the interviewer should walk away and cut off the microphone. That will be the signal to the interviewee that their response will be edited out of the subsequent broadcast because it did not address the question.

In the media environment I am proposing, the broadcast would start with the interviewer’s question and move to, “I guess you will not answer my question.” Politicians who don’t want that to happen can call the broadcaster back and answer the question. The same sequence of events would take place, if the politician still does not answer the question.

What could be fairer than that?

Update

Once again, Thomas Friedman has expressed an idea that matches the one I offered in this blog. (His other NYT editorial is described at http://sixvirtues.com/blog/2020/02/14/democrats-platform/):

Here is the Friedman quote from today’s NYT:

Lots of Trump’s lies, and his retweets of conspiracy fabrications, are obviously absurd. Why have so many people believed them? I’m not sure it’s fully understood.

That is why it’s vital that every reputable news organization — especially television, Facebook and Twitter — adopt what I call the Trump Rule. If any official utters an obvious falsehood or fact-free allegation, the interview should be immediately terminated, just as many networks did with Trump’s lie-infested, postelection, news conference last week. If critics scream “censorship,” just shout back “truth.”

This must become the new normal. Politicians need to be terrified every time they go on TV that the plug will be pulled on them if they lie.

White House in a fog

Our side is corrupt, but the other side is more corrupt.

The White House Office of Science and Technology put out a press release on Tuesday giving credit to Trump for “ending the COVID-19 pandemic.” (Amanda Marcotte, Salon, October 28, 2020 5:00PM)

Donald Trump is confused. His case of Covid-19 has ended, so he thinks the pandemic has ended. Oh–I forgot–his tiny, self-absorbed brain understands only what is about him, and EVERYTHING is about him. So, there you have it. He ended the pandemic.

New NFL Nickname

Our side is corrupt, but the other side is more corrupt.

Headline:

Members of Pence’s Inner Circle Test Positive for Coronavirus

Several members of Vice President Mike Pence’s inner circle, including at least four members of his staff, have tested positive for the coronavirus in the past few days, people briefed on the matter said, raising new questions about the safety protocols at the White House, where masks are not routinely worn.

Maggie Haberman, NYT, October 25, 2020

If the Trump-Pence administration were a sports team, their nickname could be the Viruses. Yes–the Washington Viruses–new NFL nickname issue solved.

It will soon be over

Our side is corrupt, but the other side is more corrupt.

“Be quiet and turn up the TV. I want to hear this campaign ad.”

Said no one ever.

We are watching

Our side is corrupt, but the other side is more corrupt.

Trump tweet:

“I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hardworking Americans and Small Business.”

NYT report ((10/8/2020):

Compounding the political risk (of that tweet), Mr. Trump said the halt in stimulus negotiations would give Republicans time to focus on quickly confirming his Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a move that polls have shown is unpopular with voters. By contrast, Americans are overwhelmingly in favor of another stimulus bill.

Note to Amy Coney Barrett:

Being of such high intelligence and moral standing, I am sure you see that the narcissist president is using you as a tool to defend him against being convicted of crimes. We all know the president cares only about himself. He wants you on the court to rule in his favor so he won’t go to jail or have to pay fines and back taxes.

You will be asked about this in your confirmation hearing. I assume you will inform the American people that you will recuse yourself from cases involving Trump’s election. Your intelligence and morality will be in full view because Americans know what it means to have a narcissistic president. We assume you do, too–being of such high intelligence and moral standing.

Or maybe you are not intelligent and morally upstanding. Maybe you, too, care about your personal causes more than you care about the American people. Just maybe–we will see.

Update

Mario Nicolais, a USA Opinion contributor, argued the same thing on 10/12/20202. He did not include the “we are watching” idea. But, of course, we are watching.

We are great again

Our side is corrupt, but the other side is more corrupt.

President Trump says we have turned the corner with the virus, and the economy is great. The court jester is at it again.

Chris Wallace: Where have you been?

Our side is corrupt, but the other side is more corrupt.

Headline:

Chris Wallace Blames Trump For Debate Chaos: He Bears ‘Primary Responsibility’

Quote from story:

He (Wallace) said that initially, when Trump started engaging Biden, he thought, “We’re going to have a real debate here.”

(POLITICS 10/01/2020)

Really, Chris Wallace? You did not think, “Oh shit! Here we go?” You must get your news from Fox.

Is Trump grabbing more pussies?

Our side is corrupt, but the other side is more corrupt.

Female immigrant detainees in Irwin County, Georgia, report that they were forced to undergo unnecessary invasive gynecological procedures (hysterectomies in some cases). Is Trump having pussies sent to him for grabbing?

When you are a star, you know, they let you do it.

College football returns

Our side is corrupt, but the other side is more corrupt.

Behind the headlines:

The Big Ten has reversed itself and decided to play an 8-game football season. Everything is back to normal — college football is mostly about the money, but it is also about the opportunity for players to have the experiences they agreed to when they accepted their scholarships.

From an AP story on college football’s return:

The Southeastern Conference, which intends to begin a league-only schedule on Sept. 26, is requiring players to be tested three times a week, as are the A.C.C. and the Big 12.

I hope someone keeps track of which players are kept out of games. Will they be starters or second- and third-stringers? In other words, will playing time for those who test positive depend on a player’s star quality?

Just think about it. If you are a coach, what better way to affect your opponent’s season than to have your COVID-positive player, the identity of which you have shielded, line up against the other team’s star lineman or skill-position player? And, when the opponent’s star player tests positive the next week, will that coach be tempted to shield the result, too?

This is an integrity test for institutions of higher education. How will they perform? Does anybody want to place a bet?

Dear Mr. President:

Our side is corrupt, but the other side is more corrupt.

I have to wear a mask because of inconsiderate people like you. When will you learn this simple truth?