Monday, August 8, 2011

JFK, The Jokester...

Not John F. Kennedy, mind you, but John F. Kerry, current US Senator (D - Massachusetts) and former Democratic nominee for President. Anyway, he has been en fuego lately with a couple of different statements that just have to make me laugh due to their patent absurdity...

The first had to do with ordering politely suggesting that the media merely ignore the Tea Party and not give it equal time in any way, shape, or form (via Real Clear Politics):
"And I have to tell you, I say this to you politely. The media in America has a bigger responsibility than it’s exercising today. The media has got to begin to not give equal time or equal balance to an absolutely absurd notion just because somebody asserts it or simply because somebody says something which everybody knows is not factual."
Now, the last time I checked, Kerry was a proponent of the Fairness Doctrine. Methinks he dost protest too much there.  The least he could do is be prepared to show consistency in his positions, but I am not expecting the media that he is decrying to actually call him out on his double standards.  Must be nice to live in an echo chamber.  

The second one comes on the heels of the downgrade of the United States' Standard and Poor's credit rating from AAA (Triple A) to AA+ (Double A plus).  Apparently, it was the Tea Party's fault that the credit rating got downgraded, because you know, they were just being gigantic meanieheads and all that.  Never mind that the Tea Party Caucus is about, what 25 members, or 7% of the entire Congress?  Let's not have the facts get in the way of the narrative, which apparently is what is being passed around in liberal circles these days*.  No, no, can't talk about how the Senate hasn't passed a budget in eons or that deficits have been ramped up immensely during the Obama administration.  

It's all the Tea Party's fault!  I am taking my ball and going home!  

*I get annoyed when I hear ostensibly different people (and this isn't really limited to one party, although more common to Democrats) say the exact same phrase while trying to make it sound organic and original.  "Tea Party downgrade" is neither an organic nor original phrase - it sounds precisely like a focus group-tested phrase or something that came out of a Media Matters seminar.

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