Accuracy in Media

We have always said that there’s a place for bias in the media, and it belongs under the category of “commentary,” or “opinion,” usually on the op-ed page (which is short for, opposite the editorial page). Often, however, those opinions are right in line with the newspaper’s perspective, and that is certainly the case with a recent New York Times column.

This year has hardly been a victory lap for President Obama, but the Times’ Paul Krugman would like his readers to view it as such. “You should judge leaders by their achievements, not their press, and in terms of policy substance Mr. Obama is having a seriously good year,” writes Krugman. “In fact, there’s a very good chance that 2014 will go down in the record books as one of those years when America took a major turn in the right direction.”

Krugman, you see, believes like we do that the media are biased. But Krugman believes that the bias is that the media don’t fawn enough over what he sees as Obama’s great accomplishments, and that “The accepted thing, it seems, is to portray Mr. Obama as floundering, his presidency as troubled if not failed.”

Krugman’s examples are Obama’s signature health reform, and his recent regulations on climate change. Ironically, the same day the Times reported that the administration is “contacting hundreds of thousands of people with subsidized health insurance to resolve questions about their eligibility, as consumer advocates express concern that many will be required to repay some or all of the subsidies.” For a family of four earning $80,000, this could mean they have to repay as much as $2,500 this year, they report.

And this is not the least of the problems plaguing Obamacare. We have reported on the micro networks which lead to essentially no care under this health care insurance, the price hikes, as well as the constant problems and cronyism inherent in the law’s implementation.

As for the climate change rule Krugman refers to, it will cost 500,000 jobs and an average of $1,000 in income per family, according to the Heritage Foundation. Krugman, however, views Obama’s new power plant rules as “a real start” in an effort “to save the planet.” The sad part is, Krugman is far from alone in the media in believing this nonsense, assuming he actually believes it.

Then there are the scandals that have rocked the administration this year. Even the mainstream media called the Veterans Affairs health care waiting list scandal a real scandal, although its attention shifted quickly to other matters. With the IRS scandal, the Benghazi scandal, the VA scandal, the Bowe Bergdahl trade, and the first quarter of this year showing negative economic growth, Krugman cannot credibly call this year a “major turn in the right direction.”

And don’t forget Russia, Crimea, Syria, Iraq and Iran. Right direction? Maybe in Krugmanville, but not in the real world.



Comments

  • Oddjob

    What he really means is that the “right direction” is a swing back to conservative principles. Case in point last weeks defeat of eric cantor!

  • stlouisix

    Here’s my response as a Vietnam War Navy Veteran to the lunatic Krugman who belongs in a padded cell for life.

    It is no accident that tyrants worldwide are having a field day because Obama is one of their own. The lessons of history show that when tyranny is appeased violence reigns supreme which is the case in the Middle East where tyranny was not only appeased by the Imam Obama, but also encouraged via his farce of an Arab Spring where Obama gave the green light to the Al-Qaida allied, pro-radical jihadist, Shariah Law or death, Christian persecuting, anti-American Muslim Brotherhood to take over the Middle East with his blessing with the resulting burning of Christian Churches and their Congregations along with the brutal deaths of untold innocents who wouldn’t kowtow to the demands of an Islamic Caliphate which is what we’re now witnessing in Iraq via a trail of “heads”, an Iraq that has been left to hang out to dry by Obama just like he did to our military in harm’s way in the war on terrorism being forced to fight under PC ROE that made the self-esteem of the enemy a higher priority than their lives, and four Americans killed in Benghazi due to no security and no help when needed when they were fighting for their lives, four Americans who were MURDERED by TRAITORS masquerading as an American government that was anything but, and for which the leaders of that dishonorable morally bankrupt government need to be tried and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

    The ultimate sacrifice of over 4300 Americans has been rendered in vain by the cold-blooded Obama who couldn’t care less as evinced by taking
    another one of his innumerable vacations on our dime while the world is
    burning due DIRECTLY to Obama’s Foreign NO POLICY which placates the
    enemies of humanity worldwide, a group of which Obama is a CARD CARRYING MEMBER!

    All commissioned officers in the United States military must make the
    following oath of office when they are appointed in the U.S. Army, U.S.
    Air Force, U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps:
    http://www.afmentor.com/ceremony/Oath_Of_Office.htm

    What could be more unlawful than being ordered to flout the Constitution which you swore to “support and defend against all enemies, foreign AND DOMESTIC; and bear true faith and allegiance to same; taking this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and faithfully discharging the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God” by unilaterally disarming our military both materially and most especially morally while America’s enemies, Obama’s friends, are arming to the teeth when the primary reason for the Military’s existence is the defense of a free America that Obama is willfully destroying by trashing the Constitution on a daily basis?

    SCOTUS already has trashed the Constitution horrendously, witness Obamacare. What this is coming down to is that none of us are required to obey that which is against the just Constitutional laws of this country founded under God. SCOTUS can go to hell with its decisions to the contrary that are owed nothing but the contempt of Americans trying to live the founding documents of this country as opposed to trashing same, e.g., no American in more than name only is bound to the abomination that is Obamacare, Roe v. Wade, any more than they were to Dred Scott or Plessy v. Ferguson as documented by Mark Levin in The Liberty Amendments.

    It’s time for those aforementioned REAL Americans to tell those whose idea of settled law is anarchy what they can do with same.

    What’s lawful about trashing the freedom of religion rights of the Chaplain
    Corps and all whom they serve by the mandated promotion of sexual perversion in the ranks by turning our captive military into a morally bankrupt lab for the social engineering experiments of those who couldn’t care less about it, thereby wanting to ram their agenda down the throats of the populace as a whole by using our military as the catalyst? Easy answer, NOTHING!

    What’s lawful about making the self-esteem of the radical jihadists a higher
    priority than the lives of our military in harm’s way resulting in their inordinate deaths on Obama’s watch? Easy answer, NOTHING!

    What’s lawful about wanting our military to fight FOR Al-Qaida in a Syrian Civil War which is TREASON, per Article III, Section 3, of the Constitution? Easy answer, NOTHING!

    What’s lawful about mandating that people of faith and right reason subsidize the killing of innocents in what should be their safest place of refuge, their mothers’ wombs? Easy answer, NOTHING!

    What’s lawful about turning the former American dictum “Leave no one behind” at Benghazi with “You’re on your own, I don’t give a damn?” Easy answer, NOTHING!

    What’s lawful about traitorously releasing TERRORIST Taliban leaders
    responsible for the butchery of their own people and the killing of our
    troops, TERRORISTS which have no rights under the Geneva Convention? Easy answer, NOTHING!

    What’s lawful about turning the IRS into a Gestapo persecuting all those who would oppose the tyranny of the Obamunists? Easy answer, NOTHING!

    What’s lawful about trashing the just immigration laws of this country with the ignorance of same leading to anarchy? Easy answer, NOTHING!

    What’s lawful about trashing any just law by communists masquerading as Americans at their whim to suit their political ends – the biggest being to
    destroy everything and anything about a free America that they hate? Easy answer, NOTHING!

    We’re talking COMMON SENSE here, for the love of God. This country needs to stop the paralysis of analysis wondering what an activist judiciary might do if we start being REAL AMERICANS in more than name only, as
    opposed to that judiciary rightfully having cause for concern as to what just might happen to it like being arrested for trashing the Constitution by Americans who have had enough with Leavenworth beckoning!

    Don’t think our military doesn’t understand what’s at stake here, which is
    why I have hope that they will do the right thing as opposed to being
    afraid of their own shadows and honor their oath instead of following
    the pathetic example of their worthless Obama corrupted Flag Officers whose modus operandi is foreswearing it, and for which, those who do should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law with Article 32s started on the whole sorry lot of them!

    What’s left of a free America is going to hell in a handbag and Americans of faith and right reason are under no obligation to legitimize the demands of
    the Godless that we keep them company there, and that especially includes our military who are not required to check their faith at the door upon entering the Service any more than any other American is upon entering public life. Where is such a requirement found in the Constitution? Easy answer, NOWHERE!

    This has nothing to do with the opinion of one particular individual. It has everything to do with revering the founding documents of this country, the Declaration of Independence that was fulfilled in the Constitution whereby we have a bill of rights recognizing our God-given unalienable rights which no man can take away, and having the Ninth Amendment to ensure that anything not specifically spelled out in accord with those unalienable rights in the Constitution is covered as recognized by Constitutional scholars to include Mark Levin, the head of Landmark Legal Foundation, who brought this seminal fact to the attention of his radio audience.

  • NERDWORLD PROBLEMS

    Seriously, unfair press, these people have done everything short of actually kissing his ass. If that’s unfair, I’d hate to see what constitutes fair in this man’s book.

  • Rodney Wilkinson

    Thank you Sir for a clear and concise expose’ of the fraudulent impostor in The White House, GOD Bless you.

  • Tbear

    If there was a fair press the LOS would never have been elected. Krugman is a rectal aperture and the NYT is not fit to wipe your _ ss with!!!!

  • desert_rat

    It’s certainly unfair for the media to report Obama’s repeated lies about keeping your doc and your health care plan. It’s also unfair to report the cost of his jaunts to his Kailua hideaway and Michelle’s jaunts to just about everywhere in the world. It’s very unfair to report the VA mess, the red line in Syria that suddenly wasn’t, the Benghazi murders, etc. etc. Everyone knows the media are supposed to be the Liar-in-Chief’s cheerleaders, not report what he actually does, and doesn’t do.

  • Kimo

    #ImpeachObamaAdministration

  • Lawrence

    When I read this article I had an uplifting feeling. I had forgotten there is a Krugman because we haven’t heard from him for almost a year. Not long enough but it was nice while it lasted.

  • amongoose

    If his treatment is unfair that would make the treatment of Bush and Reagan criminal by comparison.

  • sarah godwin

    ?!? You cannot be serious! LOL Brilliant, hardworking, caring President Obama is no “tyrant!” He is the duly Elected President of the United States of America and the Leader of the free world. President Obama won Both the Popular Vote AND the Electoral College TWICE, something that Cheater George W. Bush could have only Dreamed about in 2000, since he won Neither.

    When Brilliant President Obama’s Second Elective term is up, you know as well as I that he will shake hands with the new President and he (and his wonderful family) will leave for his sunny boyhood home of Hawaii – or to his other home since young manhood, Illinois.

    If and ONLY if he refuses to leave office after his time in 2017 is up, and tries to directly govern with Presidential power in perpetuity, Then and ONLY then can you nitwits get away with calling this great President, President Obama, a “dictator” or “tyrant!”

    And brilliant President Obama taught Constitutional Law at a highly respected Law School for Years. He is infinitely more familiar with it than some conservative wack jobs just waving it over their heads for “effect” instead of Understanding it!

  • sarah godwin

    Thank you, Mr. Krugman. Your injecting sanity and Realism into the discourse is much appreciated. Please keep up the good, honest work.

    Candidate Obama promised in ”08 to get a Heallth Care Bill passed and signed into law. Over many decades, even REPUBLICAN Presidents ( Teddy Roosevelt, Richard Nixon) Tried But FAILED to get a Health Care Bill through. Brilliant PRESIDENT Obama got it Done-and signed the Health Care Bill into Law!

    Candidate Obama promised to get Bin Laden, who spear-headed the murder of thousands of American civilians merely going about their day at work. President George W. Bush promised to get Bin Laden, too, but couldn’t do it in SEVEN long Years! Persistent President Obama increased the resources necessary to get Bin Laden, made the decision to use SEAL TEAM 6 instead of bombs that could have killed many innocent townspeople, and Got Him in a Fraction of the time it took Bush to NOT get him.

    Candidate Obama promised to get our troops out of Iraq. President Obama got them out -and on Bush’s timetable.

    President Obama saved the Auto Industry and many Jobs when RMoney and other uncaring Republicans didn’t mind if hard-working Americans struggled for their families without jobs!

    President Obama signed the Lily Ledbetter Equal Pay Act into law as he promised to do as a candidate, etc,etc.

    If President Obama were white, he’d be on Mt. Rushmore by now.

  • sarah godwin

    You’re joking, right? Even Oprah kissed RMoney’s butt. Read the article with the Romney’s featured in her magazine! Romney bathed in so much positive press, he didn’t even write a concession speech he was so sure he’d win! And his wife, with the biggest sense of entitlement this side of lazy George W. Merely stated flatly, “It’s our turn,” to her friend, Diane Sawyer! As if she were in line at Starbucks. Shaking my head.

  • sarah godwin

    At least Cantor could be rational on occasion. What have goofy Republicans wrought?

  • sarah godwin

    For what? Beating white guys fair and square and Winning Election with both the Popular Vote AND the Electoral College Twice- Something George W. Bush Could only Dream of in 2000, since He “won” Neither!
    ,Go ahead and ADMIT it!

  • sarah godwin

    Please, they kissed rapist Reagan’s feet! And Bush started one WAR for no reason and fought Two Wars without even trying to increase revenue- blowing a Hole in a Surplus. Even evil Reagan knew better than that and he and his Republican Majority Congress agreed to raise taxes.

  • sarah godwin

    How was decent Obama to know that greedy company owner’s would try to throw off their faithful employees? You dolts, as usual, are refusing to blame the Real culprits. No wonder RMoney lost. You people are delusional!

  • Venturin

    sarah you are a racist!

  • Venturin

    sarah, obumbo HAS ACCRUED MORE DEBT THAN ALL PREVIOUS PRESIDENTS COMBINED. WAKE UP!

  • Rodney Wilkinson

    absolute rubbish!!!