Archive for September 3rd, 2008

Us Weekly Cover Blasts Sarah Palin, but for the Obamas It’s a Cakewalk

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Another example of the media trying to elect Obama.

The popular celebrity gossip magazine Us Weekly has jumped into the political ring, feet first, with a scathing article about Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

On its most recent cover, due out on newsstands Friday, the magazine shows a picture of Palin with the headline, “Babies, Lies & Scandal” — a marked contrast from its gushing review of Barack and Michelle Obama that ran two months ago.

Critics say this cover, which was released a day ahead of Palin’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, is a sucker punch aimed at the GOP ticket, and is a blatant attempt to influence the votes of the magazine’s 12 million mostly female readers.

Us Weekly publisher Jann Wenner is an outspoken supporter of Barack Obama and the Democratic Party.

“When you look at this Palin cover and contrast it with the super-friendly story on Obama, it’s hard not to see that they’re clearly biased,” said Jane Hall, associate professor at the American University School of Communication. “It’s not fair and it’s also offensive. I think that they are going to be offensive to many people regardless of whether you’re for Sarah Palin or not.”

US Weekly’s June 19 cover featured a photo of the Obamas with the headline, “Michelle Obama: Why Barack Loves Her.” In smaller print: “She shops at Target, Loved Sex and the City, and never misses the girls’ recitals. The untold romance between the down-to-earth mom and the man who calls her ‘my rock.’”

In contrast, this week’s Palin cover shows the Alaskan governor cradling her baby Trig in her arms. The captions: “Under attack, admits her daughter, 17, is pregnant. Investigated for firing of sister’s ex-husband. Mom of five: New embarrassing surprises.”

An article inside the magazine focuses on a January 15 incident in which Palin laughed along with an Alaskan shock-jock DJ who called her political rival, a cancer survivor name Lyda Green, a “cancer” and a “bitch” and ridiculed her weight.

Wenner, the magazine’s publisher, has given $130,308 to Democratic causes and candidates since 1993 — and only $3,500 to Republicans, according to records. Wenner also runs Men’s Health Magazine and Rolling Stone Magazine. In March, Rolling Stone featured a glowing endorsement of Obama, “Barack Obama: A New Hope,” on its cover.

Hall said she found the Wenner-owned magazine’s coverage transparent and troubling. “I mean look at the Obama cover and look at this new one,” she said. “New embarrassing surprises? Really? You couldn’t have a stronger contrast, at least between these two covers,” Hall said.

Rumors about Palin’s personal life and publich record have been swirling since John McCain named her to be his running mate last week.

On Monday, Palin released a statement confirming that her 17-year old daughter, Bristol, is five months pregnant, prompting the media spotlight. Despite calls from both Democrats and Republicans to leave Palin’s family out of the media, many pundits say that it is contradictory for a public official who has a staunch stance against sex education and promotes abstinence-only programs to have a teenage daughter who is pregnant.

While Hall said McCain’s camp should have done more to vet Palin, she said this level of media depiction is unfair.

“Publications like this one are taking it too far. Calling it ‘Babies, Lies and Scandal’ looks out of bounds,” she said.

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“VICTORY IN IRAQ! Why the Establishment Press is Burying the Story of the Year”

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

What kind of headline would you expect newspapers nationwide to trumpet if America won the war in Iraq and destroyed al-Qaida there?

Maybe something like this? “VICTORY IN IRAQ! AL-QAIDA SMASHED!” Perhaps even old-fashioned newsboys on the street corners, yelling “Extra, extra! Vic’try in Iraq! Read all about it!”

Don’t hold your breath. You won’t see such headlines in American newspapers or leading network news broadcasts – even though, believe it or not, by all credible accounts America has indeed won the war in Iraq!

You see, the “mainstream press” isn’t really too excited about America winning the war right now. Why? It’s just bad timing: Success in Iraq doesn’t fit the media’s overriding agenda for the next couple months, which is to further discredit George W. Bush and Republicans, and to assure that Barack (“We must end this failed war”) Obama is elected president and as many Democrats as possible are installed in Congress, legislatures and statehouses nationwide.

There is, however, at least one media entity that is telling the whole story of America’s stunning success in Iraq, and that is WND’s elite monthly Whistleblower magazine, in the inspiring September edition, “VICTORY IN IRAQ!”

Ironically, 2008 is already becoming known as “the year the media died,” because of its astonishingly biased treatment of the two major presidential candidates – network anchor groupies tagging along with Obama on his European campaign trip while all but ignoring McCain; the New York Times running Obama’s op-ed on Iraq, but refusing to run McCain’s response the following week, and so on.

But there’s another area in which the media died this year – namely, coverage of the Iraq war.

Sure, while things were going terribly and it looked like America was losing, news coverage was constant – and unrelentingly negative. Bad news – IED attacks, political setbacks, accusations of atrocities on the part of U.S. soldiers, statements by Democrat leaders condemning the “failed” Iraq war – led the evening news night after night.

But recently, Americans haven’t heard very much about Iraq. Reason: The news is good. In fact, as “VICTORY IN IRAQ!” dramatically documents, the U.S. is winning – big-time.

When you read “VICTORY IN IRAQ!,” you’ll find out why.

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Palin vs. The Dems. A Few Random Thoughts

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

A few random thoughts…and nothing says them better than a few pictures. A picture is worth a thousand words…

Dems to Palin: Stay Home

Media Bias

Dems Family Values

Cartoons courtesy to Townhall.

“Media on Palin – A Sudden Case of ‘Family Values’?” by Jim Brown

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

A conservative analyst says the media are currently in a feeding frenzy, trying to assert that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is unfit to be vice president because her teenage daughter is pregnant. One pro-family leader says the way liberal media is reporting the story exposes a “rank hypocrisy.”

Female news anchors and reporters from various media outlets, including CBS, NBC, and CNN, have suggested 17-year-old Bristol Palin’s pregnancy should have disqualified her mother from becoming John McCain’s running mate and raises questions about McCain’s judgment. Katie Couric of CBS News even chided the McCain campaign for not notifying the press about the pregnancy sooner.

Bob Knight, director of the Culture and Media Institute, says it is quite humorous to watch the media “finally discover family values.” Knight predicts that in light of the Alaska governor “saying that she’s pro-life and her daughter’s pro-life, and she decided to keep her Down syndrome baby herself and her daughter is keeping her baby and plans to get married…I think the attempts by the media to paint this as a moral crisis will fail.”

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“Pondering Palin” by Barbara Curtis

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

The backlash against Sarah Palin was to be expected. From the Left, that is.

What has been surprising is the condemnation by conservative Christians who see her VP nomination as a Trojan horse to capture our votes even as our values are compromised. This from the patriarchal and separatist crowds, as well as believers scattered here and there who cannot reconcile the fact that Palin serves as Governor of Alaska while continuing to have children. Her latest, a son with Down syndrome named Trig, was born last April.

“How could she possibly give that child or any of her children what they need?” “This is the result of feminism.” “What about serving her husband?” was the first response of the Sisterhood of the Given-Up-Pants.

The attacks from the left were far worse, of course, keeping believers eager to support a pro-life ticket on a spiritual roller coaster over the holiday weekend. From the savage lies of the Daily Kos that 4-month-old Trig was not Palin’s son, but her daughter’s to the revelation that proved these charges false because 17-year-old Bristol Palin is actually five months pregnant now.

The statement from Todd and Sarah Palin reads:

“We have been blessed with five wonderful children who we love with all our heart and mean everything to us,”

“Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support.”

“Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realize very quickly the difficulties of raising a child, which is why they will have the love and support of our entire family. We ask the media, respect our daughter and Levi’s privacy as has always been the tradition of children of candidates.”

Interestingly, a Time reporter has found that everyone in the Palins’ hometown already knew of the pregnancy. So did John McCain when he offered the Sarah Palin to run with him — a fact that only makes his choice look more gutsy and real. A fact that makes me like him more.

How will this new development be spun? My guess is that the savagery will continue. As Newt Gingrich opined Monday: “Palin represents the worst threat to the Left since Ronald Reagan.” Rush Limbaugh said she is all about “babies, guns and Jesus” a constellation that doesn’t sit well with the Left.

But what of negative spin on the Right? What of those who will point to the revelation of an unwed teen pregnancy as proof that Palin isn’t meant to be in politics at all?

As a mother convinced that Sarah Palin is where she is, like Esther, “for such a time as this,” I say look to the Bible for example after example of God-appointed leaders who lived real lives – full of flaws – as well as children who brought judgment to their parents.

I’ve met enough Christian parents who steered right only to see their children veer wrong that I would caution all of us to avoid judgment in this case. As the assistant principal of Wasilla High said, “Just like children should not pay for the sins of the parents, the parents should not pay for the transgressions of the children.”

While it seems to make sense when your children are young that if you put in all the right ingredients, they will turn out perfectly, those of us on the other side of parenthood know this is just not always the case.

God gave us free will. And believing that we can control the outcome of our children’s lives preventing them from ever making mistakes is a form of spiritual pride. Even the perfect parent Our Heavenly Father saw his children who enjoyed perfect daily communion with Him disobey His commands.

I’ve heard from the pulpit that the abortion rate among evangelicals is as high as among the general population. That’s because evangelicals would rather face God’s judgment than the judgment of their peers. Hallelujah that the Palins mother and daughter both chose life when it would have been more convenient and less embarrassing to choose death.

They stand in sharp contrast to Candidate Obama who justifies abortion with the hypothetical that if one his daughters made a mistake, he “wouldn’t want her punished with a baby.”

Could God have drawn the battle lines more clearly? Can we trust Him with the choice of leaders? Is it right to demand that our leaders fit our particular mold? That they be perfect?

God sends trials to leaders to test them. But I am convinced He means to test us as well.

God bless Sarah Palin and her family. It’s not her daughter’s transgression so much as the obviously loving and Christlike manner in which they are handling it that shows their true values. And in the spotlight as they are, they have been a breath of fresh air, an authentic witness, the face of the modern pro-life family.

And finally, after hearing us recite that we are sinners saved by grace, the world will have a chance to see us live out that promise.

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Barbara Curtis has 12 children – including three adopted sons with Down syndrome – and 10 grandchildren so far. She is also an award-winning author with nine books, including Reaching the Left from the Right: Talking About Social Issues with People Who Don’t Think Like You, and 800+ articles in print publications including Focus on the Family, Guideposts, Christian Parenting Today, and The Washington Times. Online you can find her at MommyLife and Mommy, Teach Me!.

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