Wilson coulda been much worse

Liberals were quick to pounce on Rep. Joe Wilson for yelling “You Lie!” during the President’ speech as an unnecessary display of a lack of decorum and politeness.  Republicans, who don’t think any such display of partisanship would have been admissible during a Bush speech, are chuckling over the tree-huggers dismay when Freedom of Speech is used by a conservative.  Secretly the conservatives know that Joe showed an admirable amount of restraint.  Can you imagine the kumbaya faction’s reactions if Wilson had added even more drama by using the old political cliché:  “Great White Father speaks with forked tongue.”?  The Republicans would have been delighted and the liberals would have had a massive coronary thrombosis, no doubt. 

The press has been castigated by liberals for not fact checking and ascertaining the veracity of the President’s statement, which Wilson challenged.  Is it favoritism for the news people to ignore that aspect of the outburst?  Doesn’t the failure to point out that Wilson was wrong actually, subliminally,  burnish the Republicans and the “angry white male” image they are trying to convey? 

That brings up a rather esoteric question about the coverage of Wilson’s outburst.  Did someone tip off any journalist about it?  When photojournalists and video cameramen are covering a Presidential speech they concentrate on watching the speaker.  Yes, someone may be instructed to take reaction shots of the listeners, but “You lie!” only takes a second to utter and the odds that a still photographer hand a video cameraman would both be aiming their equipment at Wilson at the same time is rather questionable at best.  Were they tipped about the rude outburst beforehand?

Speaking of news photos, and rendering issues in shades of black and white, a visit to the <a href=http://www.annenbergspaceforphotography.org/>Annenberg Space for Photography</a> in the Century City section of Los Angeles on Friday and were very impressed by this new learning resource for photographers.  It was very interesting to note that a good many of the images were Black and White prints.  They conveyed more than just a bit of nostalgia for the Nikon F era of photojournalism.

This column had been roughed out in note form with the intention of actually doing the keystrokes and posting it while riding on an Amtrak train.  Our plans were quickly reconfigured on Saturday when a serendipity lark adventure provided us with a chance to gather some facts and information for a future column which will be posted later in the month (or year?).

One of our ongoing fact gathering tasks, recently, has been to learn as much as possible as fast as possible about the speaking circuit.  Part of our weekend experience was meeting <a href =http://wheeloffthewagon.com/>Jennifer Kay</a> who is an author who is expanding her efforts into giving motivational speeches.  We will share what we learn with her as well as with the lawyer for the Marina Tenants Association whose interesting legal plight is being extensively covered by <a href =http://www.fulldisclosure.net/>Fulldisclosure’s cable TV show</a>.  The president of the MTA, a personal friend, has asked this columnist to help supply the lawyer with information about the area of the speakers’ circuit that specializes in legal matters. 

Speaking of talking, this columnist was recently interviewed for <a herf =http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ComedianStevieMack/2009/09/07/Bob-Patterson–Worlds-Laziest-Journalist>Stevie Mack’s</a> online radio show and we were delighted to be given the chance to practice our verbal promobabble skills.

The Republicans seem to be entering an “anything goes” style of attacking President Obama and a column speculating about where that is taking the county will be posted sometime soon.

Carl Sagon has said:  “One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. The bamboozle has captured us. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”

Now, the disk jockey will play the Rolling Stones song “Lies” (from the Some Girls album).  It’s time to post this column.  Have a “and that’s no lie” type week.


One Response to “Wilson coulda been much worse”

  1. Tom Degan Says:

    Excuse me??? I am the world’s laziest journalist. Stop working my side of the street, Buster!

    This is all about the underlying, hideous factor of the racism that is so deeply ingrained in the American character. The attempt to portray this president (Of all people!) as a socialistic, left wing extremist doesn’t even pass the giggle test for people who have bothered to pay attention to their times and their history. Let’s face it – Franklin D. Roosevelt, he ain’t! They can’t obstruct his agenda with a manufactured scandal regarding his personal life, as they did with Bill Clinton. eleven years ago. Their only hope is for enough of the American people to become really frightened by the Big, Bad Negro Commie. An ironic description when one takes into consideration how boringly moderate Obama really is.

    Think about this: In the last presidential campaign only one of the nominees of the two major political parties was born in the United States – Barack Obama – John McCain was born in Panama. Do you find it as revealing as I do that it was the black guy had his citizenship called into question? How much more proof do we need of the overt racism that is inherent in that party – or in our own country for that matter? Honestly, this isn’t rocket science, folks!

    But wait! It gets better! Now Glenn Beck is slated to become the Martin Loony King of the Far Right thanks to his stupid “March on Washington” yesterday.

    Isn’t life interesting?


    Tom Degan
    Goshen, NY

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