Saturday, September 13, 2008

Political Reporting

Spotted Sandpiper Brawls with two Semipalmated Sandpipers

(c)2008 ShootingMyUniverse

A Spotted Sandpiper was seen brawling with two Semipalmated Sandpipers on the patch of seaweed at Eastern Point Audubon Sanctuary. The Spotted Sandpiper, seen teetering about the rocks has been reported by Sibley and others to be a loner.

One of the smaller Semipalmated Sandpipers fled the scene and perched on a nearby rock avoiding the fight. There was no available food on the rock.

What would you conclude from reading this? Spotted Sandpipers are aggressive birds? The actual fact is that the fight was started by one particular Semipalmated Sandpiper. In this mixed flock of Semipalmated Sandpipers, Ruddy Turnstones, Least Sandpipers and Semipalmated Plovers, one particular Semipalmated Sandpiper was seeking down other birds and starting fights. It was not the Spotted Sandpiper.

None of the statements were false. But I did not give the full story. Such is political reporting.

The Press seems to be doing a lot of focusing on their objectivity. Why are they spending so much time telling us that they are unbiased and objective? Because they are not. They have their own agenda, and it seems to be slanted towards the Democratic Agenda. It may be the right choice, that is up for you to decide. If you vote Democratic or Republican or Third Party, it will be based on your own judgment. But judgment takes facts and knowledge to build understanding. The press does not help us with their obfuscation.

As an illustration, Palin was reported to have voted against a pork barrel “bridge to nowhere” project and the press was eating her alive because she once supported it. Prior to that piece, they showed excerpts of her from interviews where she was obviously nervous being interview. This woman is not a polished politician yet and the press is not interested in helping her develop.

Obama made a comment about a pig with lipstick. Now the press is saying it was directed at Palin. Remember the “Newlywed Game”, the game show from the ‘60s and ‘70s where couples were supposed to predict their spouse’s answers to questions? The host was A MASTER at getting the couples to fight and bicker for entertainment value. That is the role that Press has chosen to take on to boost ratings.

Is this rant the result of watching “Network news”? No, it was PBS. The network that is telling us that it is the most unbiased and objective. Who are you kidding?

Obama and McCain are both capable politicians. Either one of them is qualified to run the country. Come on Press, help us with facts. PBS and NPR, you too.

BTW, Semipalmated sandpipers are peaceful birds too. Here are two hanging out with a Semipalmated Plover.(c)2008 ShootingMyUniverse

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