‘WHINER IN CHIEF’
“The Obama administration really needs to get over itself,” the liberal Nation magazine’s John Nichols writes at www.thenation.com.
“First, the president and his aides go to war with Fox News because the network maintains a generally anti-Obama slant.
“Then, an anonymous administration aide attacks bloggers for failing to maintain a sufficiently pro-Obama slant.
“These are not disconnected developments,” Mr. Nichols said.
“An administration that won the White House with an almost always on-message campaign and generally friendly coverage from old and new media is now frustrated by its inability to control the debate and get the coverage it wants.”
Mr. Nichols noted that NBC White House correspondent John Harwood reported that an anonymous White House “adviser” told him that liberal bloggers who have been criticizing the Obama administration need to take off their pajamas, get dressed and realize that governing a closely divided country is complicated and difficult.
Mr. Nichols added: “As for the Obama administration, whether the grumbling is about Republicans on Fox or bloggers in pajamas, there’s a word for what the president and his aides are doing. That word is ‘whining.’ And nothing — no attack by Glenn Beck, no blogger busting about Guantanamo — does more damage to Obama’s credibility or authority than the sense that a popular president is becoming the whiner in chief.” ior fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute and co-author of “Healthy Competition: What’s Holding Back Health Care and How to Free It.”
“All the bills making their way through Congress start from the same failed premise: They would put the government in charge of one-sixth of our economy and some of the important personal and private decisions in our lives.
“They would force people to buy a government-designed insurance package or face a penalty. They would establish incentives and structures that could eventually lead to the rationing of care. Some versions would force millions of workers into a government-run plan.
“And they would do so at enormous cost to the American people in terms of higher taxes, greater debt and increased insurance premiums. Even the cheapest bill costs more than $800 billion ($2 trillion if offbudget costs are included) over the next decade. Americans would end up paying more, but getting less.”
Mr. Tanner added: “It’s time for Congress to scrap its current flawed government-centered approach and start over with a focus on creating a consumeroriented free market in health care.
“After all, isn’t it better to get it done right than to just get it done?” Truth’ being shown to British schoolchildren because it was largely propaganda, not science.
“Mr. Gore swatted away the question by claiming the judge had found in favor of his film. He also briefly addressed one of the objections to his film by scoffing at claims that polar bears weren’t an endangered species. Mr. McAleer tried to follow up by pointing out that polar bear populations were increasing, but his microphone was quickly cut off. Organizers insisted that several other people were waiting with questions and they had to move on.
“In fact, Mr. Gore didn’t answer Mr. McAleer’s question and was wrong on the facts. The British court found that ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ ‘is a political film’ riddled with scientific errors. ...
“As for polar bears, Mr. McAleer was correct: Surveys show their numbers are increasing.
“Mr. McAleer [. . . ] says he’s more disappointed in the environmental journalists who give Mr. Gore cover than in the former vice president. Mr. Gore is simply doing what any propagandist with a weak case would do: avoiding serious debate or exchange. To quote the late William F. Buckley, ‘There is a reason that baloney rejects the grinder.’ ”
Be careful who you pick a fight with: Brit Hume of Fox News suggests that the White House reconsider its jousting with Fox, saying “every president” sooner or later “ends up disgusted” with some or all news media.