Today we have protests at World War II memorials and in football press boxes. This is not what the
Once more veterans from other military eras united with their brothers from the “greatest generation” to protest the closing of
Anger is growing. Analysts are speculating. Congress and the president are impassing. Americans are responding.
No matter how many polls experts take, there is no way to accurately know the mood of the nation. Wait until November 2014 when theoretical polls yield to mechanical polls to get the answers.
The most visible protest, at least by visible numbers, was billed as the “Million Vet March on the Memorials.” The mainstream press downplayed the number by announcing there were far fewer than a million participants. That is typical of media misdirection which has nothing to do with the fact that thousands of veterans registered their displeasure with our government
The word “million” was merely symbolic referring to similar marches in the past. What was also symbolic was taking down the barricades and carrying them to the gates of the White House.
The pictures were powerful. The voices were loud. The crowds were peaceful. The message was clear.
Not lost in the coverage were the words of Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch, a conservative political advocacy group, who went so far as to demand that Barack Obama “put the Quran down, to get up off his knees, and to figuratively come out with his hands up.”
Harsh words for sure. Words that might even make the most ardent Obama detractors shudder. Naturally, the MSM calls Klayman just another Tea Party kook because he believes the president has Islamic proclivities.
All well and good. Outlandish you say. Until you remember that Barack Obama spent his formative years in an Islamic country. Regardless of the denial, such influences are not insignificant. They are powerful, and they have impact.
Certainly Obama’s methods of leadership have been far from conventional. There have been numerous eyebrow raising instances when the president’s decisions have left someone shaking their heads in disbelief. But for those who focus primarily on headlines and sound bites for news, take a few moments to read more in depth about Barack Obama’s governing patterns in The National Review.
True, the publication is conservative, but it is also credible and has been for decades. The list consists of nine bullet points which are strongly clarified midway through the article. Then decide for yourself about the “inaccuracy” of the claims. They are both scary and disturbing.
Case number two happened in
Veteran sportscaster Bob Costas used halftime during the telecast to renew the tired argument surrounding
The Redskins dispute will continue, but the sidebar story is equally important. Though Costas was eloquent in his commentary, he was also completely out of line using halftime to make his argument. There are other forums for such debate. Halftime is not one of them. Fans do not tune in to the NFL for a lecture.
Professional broadcasters and celebrities have access to media resources that most Americans do not. The Academy Awards or The Emmys are simply no place for political commentary. Viewers watch to be entertained, not to listen to the opinions du jour of whatever issues some spoiled overpaid celebrity thinks about them.
Bob Costas has been a keen observer of the games
What’s the solution? Barricade the Redskins. If we are wrong, our World War II vets will gladly take it down.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
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