For all the Hillary bashers to continue to promulgate all these unsubstantiated claims about her being bought and paid for, corrupt, a liar, owned by the banks and Monsanto…here are some indisputable facts:
1. She has served very closely with two of the most successful presidents in recent memory. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. She has been instrumental in the success of both of those presidencies.
2. She has vast experience in foreign and domestic policy.
3. She was an extremely popular Senator in NY, having been elected to two terms.
4. As first lady, she was instrumental in advancing the idea of Universal Health Care, which the Repub congress shot down. It was this model that Obama used to get the ACA passed.
5. Anyone who has ever interviewed her says that she is supremely brilliant and knowledgeable about the issues facing the country and the world.
6. And this might be the most important thing: She’s not a left-wing ideologue. Her opinions are more toward the center than many Liberals, like myself, prefer. But it is that tendency toward that middle that makes her electable, especially in this time when so many Repubs will be looking for an alternative to Trump.
7. Finally, she is the most vetted, most scrutinized politician, probably in history. We know virtually everything there is to know about her. Those who have tried to trip her up have failed time and again.
Say all you like about Benghazi, emails, Monsanto and speeches. Those are simply words, all devoid of substance. They are Repub talking points and nothing more. Not a single one has been validated.
Hillary will be good for our country. No president is ever perfect. We can only chose from those who run. Bernie was a good influence on the process, and hopefully many of his ideas will come to fruition, but Hillary is the one with the contacts and experience to get it done.
The question of whether the “media” is, in fact, left-wing leaning is an easy one to answer. That answer is yes. The question as to why is the complex one, but not too complex to understand if one takes a logical approach to it.
First, one must ask if the media is liberally biased because those who work in that industry started out that way, and just coincidentally decided to work in media. Obversely, one might ask if those who work in media started out as either conservatives or so-called independents, and were then persuaded to become liberals as a result of their experiences.
It seems to me that the news media, with such close access to those in government and politics, can only become liberal in their views because they see that to be the most righteous path. They see the back room goings on and sausage-making of governing, and can see, first hand, who is being duplicitous and who it being forthright and honest. They become Liberals because they see truths that we will never see, partly because they are not allowed to disclose all they see, for political reasons.
Now, one might ask, “what about Fox ‘News’”. To those people, I would reply, “what about it?” If you’re using Fox as a counterweight to my argument, then you are disproving the right’s contention that the media is biased to the left, by simple virtue of the fact that Fox exists. My argument is somewhat different, in that I do not elevate Fox to the level of news media. Roger Ailes, Chairman, and CEO of Fox “News” and former consultant for Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George Bush and Rudy Giuliani, once said of his management style at Fox that he watches it with the sound off. This might be indicative of why Fox is rife with hot blondes in short skirts. The fact that anything which purports to be a news organization is managed and judged more for its appearance than its content is all one needs to know about its veracity and allegiance to a particular political view.
Fox is not and never has been about news. Anyone who thinks otherwise is simply not paying attention.
The real media, the men and women who pound the pavement to find out how government really works and whether or not it’s working on our behalf, from Edward R Murrow to Robert Trout, to Walter Cronkite, to Dan Rather, to Chris Matthews to W. Kamau Bell, are Liberals. And we should be proud and gratified that they are.