posted on Feb, 3 2013 @ 11:41 PM
It struck me the other day that during George Bush's eight year presidency, criticism from his camp (i.e. Republicans, conservatives, people on the
right) was silent. There was little to no criticism of his foreign policy, his unconstitutional actions, etc., etc. The criticism came from his
political opponents (i.e. Democrats, liberals, people on the Left). People like Air America, NPR, MSNBC and Saturday Night Live. His own camp was not
critical at all. You would not hear anyone like Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, or Glenn Beck criticize him at all. This makes sense.
Similarly, one would never look to Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, or Glenn Beck for even a shred of journalistic integrity.
Further, one would see that their motives were not for the health of our Republic, but instead for the defense of their party. If it had been for our
Republic, they would have spoken out against the Patriot Act, the Iraq War, the Military Defense Act of 2007, etc., etc.
Today, the litmus test is just as discretionary.
Today, the political opponents are Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, et al. This is to be expected. It's what they are supposed to do. It's not that
they truly are against Obama's policies; they would be policies well at home in a Bush presidency. No, they are against their political opponents,
The difference, and the point of this writing, is that there are notable voices from the Left that are speaking out against Obama. Voices like
Nader, Chris Hedges and Tariq Ali. These voices from within the camp are the voices that I find to be the most interesting and the most
And speaking out against Obama, as a member of the Left, is a litmus test of REAL journalism, and journalistic integrity. So, people like Rachel
Maddow, who do little to absolutely nothing to criticize Obama reveal themselves as nothing more than pundits. So Rachel Maddow becomes little more
than Bill O'Reilly or Glenn Beck. And Piers Morgan and Anderson Cooper become little more than a Rush Limbaugh.