Politics and Media Headlines 3/3/09


Image Bite Politics (Political Wire)
Just published: Image Bite Politics: News and the Visual Framing of Elections by Maria Elizabeth Grabe and Erik Page Bucy. The book is the first "to systematically assess the visual presentation of presidential candidates in network news coverage of elections and to connect these visual images with shifts in public opinion." An interesting finding: "Republicans receive consistently more favorable visual treatment than Democrats, countering the conventional wisdom of a 'liberal media bias'; and image bites are more prevalent, and in some elections more potent, in shaping voter opinions of candidates than sound bites."
There's a formerly progressive website that did wonderful analyses of images in the political media.  Its owner, unfortunately, began to wallow in Clinton Derangement Syndrome and Obama Adoration Syndrome and can no longer be trusted.--Caro

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Politics and Media Headlines 3/2/09


Deep Thought (by Susie at Suburban Guerrilla)
Pogge: "If the pundit you're reading seems more concerned with the effect the economic crisis is having on an ideology than with the effect the economic crisis is having on actual human beings, then the pundit you're reading is irrelevant."

Matt Davies

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Politics and Media Headlines 2/26/09


Zombie Bank Monster Mash, by Mark Fiore (click here to play the animation)

All the President's zombies (by Paul Krugman)
Ben Bernanke's testimony over the past two days gives us our best clue yet about where the administration and the Fed are going with bank rescue. And the answer seems to be ... nowhere... As long as capital injections are seen as a way to bail out the people who got us into this mess (which they are as long as the banks haven't been put into receivership), the political system won't, repeat, won't be willing to come up with enough money to make the system healthy again.

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Politics and Media Headlines 2/25/09


Gibbs: "Danger" if Obama does too little (Politico)
Robert Gibbs just wrapped up an hourlong briefing with about 100 House press aides in Rayburn building, laying out the high points of President Obama's speech -- and handling questions on how to spin the address... When the Q & A began, someone asked Gibbs how to handle the question: "Is the Obama administration trying to do too much at once?" The answer, according to Gibbs: "The danger is trying to do too little, not too much."
Good!  That's the attitude we need.  Maybe Obama is finally listening to Krugman.  One of my objections to Obama has been that as my senator, he was way too timid.--Caro

Because for the Village, it's a "game" (by Eric Boehlert at County Fair. Media Matters for America)
Note the name of [last night's] Anderson Cooper program at 10 pm, following Obama's address to Congress about the nation's ongoing economic crisis, which features cascading job losses, faltering banks, and a cratered housing market:

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Politics and Media Headlines 2/24/09


You say goodbye, I say halo (by Joseph Cannon at Cannonfire)
Remember when AP ran a photo similar to this one [below] featuring Dear Leader George Dubya? Remember how the progblogs (correctly) screamed for weeks about that gross exercise in Messianic imagery? Do you think any progs will complain about this? Naw. It's very, very different, y'see.

Gregg plan at center of summit debate (MSNBC)
Sen. Judd Gregg was one of more than 120 members of Congress and economic experts attending a White House summit on fiscal responsibility yesterday... Most of the debate, Gregg said, centered on the Conrad-Gregg bill, a proposal by Gregg and Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., chairman of the Budget Committee. The proposal would have a bipartisan task force of Democratic and Republican senators and members of the administration hash out policy and then send it to the floor of both Houses for a yes or no vote, with no amendments or debate...

"Fixing Social Security is a shared, bipartisan goal, and it can be accomplished right away," Gregg said. "I believe this is the right place to start." [Emphasis added.]

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Politics and Media Headlines 2/23/09


Obama Tells Mayors to Spend Stimulus Wisely (AP video)
Invoking his own name-and-shame policy, President Barack Obama warned the nation's mayors Friday that he will 'call them out' if they waste the money from his massive economic stimulus plan.
It's interesting that the shot below, edited into the very beginning of the video, is not an expression that Obama had on his face during the clip.  What would the "Lie To Me" folks say about this expression--that it reflects disgust?  Scorn?  Is the AP trying to portray Obama as the National Scold?--Caro

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Politics and Media Headlines 2/20/09


Their turn to protest.  I wonder if they were kept out of the president's view, as the Bush protesters were.
More than 500 protest Obama's arrival (East Valley Tribune)
Presidential protesters made their voices heard in chants and signs Wednesday outside Dobson High School... They held their signs up high: "Don't tread on me,""Spend all you want, I'll pick up the tab,""I'll keep my freedom! You keep the change!""Free fertility drugs now." And "B.O. smells and so does Socialism."

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Politics and Media Headlines 2/11/09


Matt Davies

Geithner pledges forceful attack on banking crisis (AP)
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Tuesday the new administration will wage an aggressive two-front battle against the worst financial crisis in seven decades with commitments that could total up to $2 trillion...

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Politics and Media Headlines 2/9/09


Stop Me Before I Vote Again

598,000 jobs lost last month, 3.6 million since recession began. (Think Progress)
The Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 598,000 jobs were lost last month, "far worse than the 525,000 economists expected." The unemployment rate rose to 7.6 percent. The Wall Street Journal notes that the U.S. economy has lost 3.6 million jobs since the recession officially began in Dec. 2007... January was a brutal month for layoffs, "as major companies ranging from Microsoft, Boeing and Caterpillar to Home Depot and Starbucks all announced substantial job cuts."

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Politics and Media Headlines 2/4/09


The Heretik

Obama: 'I screwed up' in Daschle withdrawal (MSNBC)
President Barack Obama on Tuesday abruptly abandoned his nomination fight for Tom Daschle and a second major appointee who failed to pay all their taxes, telling NBC News: "I screwed up."

Unintentional responsibility (by J -SOM at Liberal Rapture)
Daschle certainly has muddied the waters. "Obama told NBC `I'm frustrated with myself' for unintentionally sending a message that there are `two sets of rules' for paying taxes, `one for prominent people and one for ordinary folks.'" Daschle was always a bad choice. The guy is the insider's insider. I am willing to give Obama a grudging pass on this one. His acceptance of responsibility, while weak, is at least an attempt. I'm not sure Obama could actually take full responsibility when he's wrong. It is not in his character... The man is strangely fearful of being disliked. (Which makes it all the more fun to dislike him.) This is true of most politicians. In BHO's case it does seem almost pathological.
I think fear of being disliked was Bill Clinton's biggest drawback, too.--Caro

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