Daily Archive: September 17, 2009

Opinion

Right-wing media: It’s all about race

The lack of respect for President Obama is bigotry and intolerance in its purest form. The debates about health care and education are defining the role of the far right-wing media in U.S. society. How did Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and other so-called journalist and broadcasters in mainstream media get it so wrong? What the conservative media and many elected officials on the “right”are doing is easy to understand.

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Opinion

Beck was right, it was time for Jones to go

(REAL TIMES MEDIA)—Some jobs require a bit more on the resume than just having good references, experience and a knack for the position you’re applying for. A certain amount of ideological responsibility is needed for you to serve in some positions, for example, members of the FBI can’t get actively involved in politics. Why? Because their job is to be loyal to the government and the constitution, as private citizens they can vote for who they want but as representatives of the government they have to tow a different line than the rest of us. This may not sound fun or fair, but it’s the truth, and it’s one of the reasons why Van Jones needed to resign from the Obama administration. He had every right to express his beliefs as a private citizen, but as a member of the government some of his beliefs were just not acceptable.

Opinion

Holder reclaiming commitment to nation’s civil and human rights

(NNPA)__After eight years of retreat from basic values, the U.S. Department of Justice, under the direction of Attorney General Eric Holder, is reclaiming its historic role as a champion of human and civil rights. Two recent actions emphatically make the point. First, on Aug. 24, at the urging of the Justice Department’s ethics division, the attorney general appointed respected independent prosecutor, John H. Durham to conduct a preliminary investigation to determine whether CIA officers and contractors broke the law in their interrogation of 9/11 detainees. A recently released CIA report confirms that in addition to a number of questionable deaths, interrogation tactics included intimidation by power drill, the practice of waterboarding and threats of sexual assault on the mother of a detainee.

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Opinion

Feel good policy

The message began to pop-up all over my Facebook page: “No one should die because they cannot afford health care or insurance and no one should go broke or bankrupt because they get sick.” Let us set aside the fact that no one in need of emergency life-saving medical care is denied because they do not have insurance and that there are state and federal programs already in existence that provide medical coverage for those of lesser means. I agree with the sentiment. I dare say I know of no one who doesn’t agree. There is simply no questioning the potential calamity that awaits those without some form of medical coverage.

Opinion

Obama has once agan silenced doubters

(NNPA)—For the past several weeks, all we have been inundated with is negativity; a decline in President Obama’s approval ratings, scare tactics, weakening support for health reform and an overall sense of pessimism and frustration with regards to change. Pundits, critics and the like spent the month of August focusing on town hall uproars and the notion that this president, like many reformists before him, would fail in the battle for health coverage for every American. But unlike his predecessors, President Obama silently and diligently proceeded despite the vitriol and criticism, and then shut them all down with one historic, bold speech.

Opinion

Obama fighting back, at last

(NNPA)—President Barack Obama took off the gloves in his speech to the Congress on health care, seeming to hear those who said that he was not leading, that he had not been specific enough. They did not know where he stood on some of the critical issues. Of course, many of these charges are a mystery to me, perhaps because I paid attention to the speeches that previewed the aims of his initial White House summit on health care, the bipartisan meetings in the White House on health care, the many speeches he has given on town halls all over the country, the Saturday messages on health care and the many other places where he has given his views on this subject.

Entertainment

‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ promises to be just as hot as first season

Drama, catfights, chaos and just plain foolishness are a few of the things you’ll see on this season’s episodes of “the Real Housewives of Atlanta.” But it is those things that are the perfect ingredients to a successful reality television show and keeps America coming back for more. The cast of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” Season two of the housewives welcomes back NeNe Leakes, Sheree Whitfield, Kim Zolciak, Lisa Wu Hartwell and newcomer Kandi Burruss. Like last season, which was the most watched show on the Bravo network, the women try juggling their family and business ventures all while trying to make it on the hot Atlanta social scene.

Entertainment

‘America’s Next Top Model’ gives short girls a lift

This season, the CW Network’s “America’s Next Top Model” is playing fast and loose with the rules of the fashion industry. Casting aside the tall contestants of seasons past, this year is all about the “petite” girls. SHORT MODELS— The 14 contestants in “America’s Next Top Model” with Tyra Banks. “In this cycle I opened the competition exclusively to girls 5-7 and under so that one of them could have the opportunity to be American’s next top model,” show host and creator Tyra Banks said. “When I announced my intention to change the standards of the modeling industry, tens of thousands of girls from all over the nation flocked to realize their modeling dreams.”

Entertainment

Local author publishes ‘Black Bodies, White Gazes’

Racism is still alive in America, despite the abolition of slavery, the Civil Rights Movement and other significant changes in society, according to George Yancy, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy at Duquesne University. Yancy, an award-winning author and one of only a few African-American philosophy professors in the nation, tackles the topics of “Whiteness, Blackness and the difference between the two,” in his latest book, “Black Bodies, White Gazes: The Continuing Significant of Race.” GEORGE YANCY

Entertainment

Cover To Cover…‘Unmasked’

Have you ever been wrong about someone? You thought you understood her integrity and morality but you were, unfortunately, quite wrong. You heard he was a jerk, a complete idiot, that he was sleazy but he turned out to be a pleasant, fun companion. And though your first impressions made you vow to listen to your mama when she said not to judge a book by its cover, the next person you met got the same snap judgments. Author Ian Halperin says his assumption of guilt in the Michael Jackson molestation trial made him want to know the truth. In the new book “Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson,” Halperin writes about what he learned.