Headlines matter and because they do, we have a responsibility to not rely merely on what screaming banners in bold font and colors try to proclaim.
To be complacent and rely only on the mainstream media is to abuse the power you have to be informed. That others, whether they be the Obama/mainstream media campaign or the various partisans and tools doing their work, choose to spread lies and distortions or be led by the nose when presented with such, only emphasizes how much everyone of us should take our responsibility seriously.
Now to the headline that has been going around the Obama/mainstream media circus. The headline being that an Alaska legislative report has determined that Sarah Palin abused power. When I first saw the headline, while at a bar with co-workers, my first thought was if they had no new information, it was simply bogus. Since I’ve followed this story and knew the background I kept watching, though of course I couldn’t hear what was being said. The next headline during the discussion was that the report recommended no sanctions. Interesting, that only reinforced my initial reaction to the main headline. If they really had a strong case, as the headlines scream, then sanctions would be appropriate. But how many people had been following this and saw more than the first headline? How many people only see that headline while at the grocery store and don’t even see what is reported? How many times has the media already distorted, suppressed or ignored the truth in this campaign?
Bill Dryer details the problems with what the media is trying to sell.
Please understand this, if you take nothing else away from reading this post: The Branchflower Report is a series of guess and insupportable conclusions drawn by exactly one guy, and it hasn't been approved or adopted or endorsed by so much as a single sub-committee of the Alaska Legislature, much less any kind of commission, court, jury, or other proper adjudicatory body. It contains no new bombshells in terms of factual revelations. Rather, it's just Steve Branchflower's opinion — after being hired and directed by one of Gov. Palin's most vocal opponents and one of Alaska's staunchest Obama supporters — that he thinks Gov. Palin had, at worst, mixed motives for an action that even Branchflower admits she unquestionably had both (a) the complete right to perform and (b) other very good reasons to perform.
Be sure to read it all, as here is much more which shows this report to be incredibly shoddy and merely partisan, and the media handling of it to be only distinguished by being more so.
But again, how many of you have only seen or heard the headlines?
In the days ahead, the Alaska Legislature could vote in support of this study. Does that then mean the report no longer has all the others fatal flaws noted by Bill Dyer? It’s obvious that such an appearance of bipartisanship would not correct those problems. Of course it’s a sure bet that the Obama/mainstream media campaign will then cry aloud about how the report is bipartisan. One very serious problem with that. The Republican party is not all that happy with Sarah Palin. That’s hardly surprising considering that she took out high level party members due to corruption. In this case, bipartisanship may only be an indication of how corruption in one party chooses to shake hands with corruption in another, when encouraged by Obama and the mainstream media.
How we choose to react to such media and political attempts to distort the truth says a lot about us. Those who willfully lie and deflect attention from Obama’s lies will continue to do the same in service to smearing Governor Palin. That so many in the media may as well be paid Obama staff and work towards the same goal, should not dissuade the rest of us being from being responsible and taking the time to be informed.
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