Unless you’ve been in a coma lately, you’ve seen, read, or heard at least one of the thousands of reports about the heath care town hall meetings being held across the country. More specifically, the ones at which protesters have made their presence known. I have no doubt you’ve also been exposed to the reaction of politicians and activists on both sides of the issue. The MSM has done a good job of reporting the goings on. That said, however, I believe there is one area in which the MSM has gone MIA, and in doing so has added more dents to its already damaged reputation.
While the raucous behavior and responses are well established, the MSM is missing an opportunity to provide a compare and contrast between the heathcare town hall uprisings and those that followed W for much of his time in office.
Before people get up in arms about posters portraying President Obama as Adolf Hitler – a ridiculous comparison for him or any POTUS, repeat any, POTUS – this is not the first time this tactic has been rolled out. Here is page one of a Google image search of Bushitler.
In a USA Today commentary, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D California) told us that “drowning out opposing views is simplu un-American”. But we all know is a well-worn tactic of the Left to shout down conservative lecturers on the nation’s college campuses. In many cases lectures have been cut short due to violence perpetrated by some of Speaker Pelosi’s ideological soul-mates.
What I see unfolding is right-of-center people have an issue that is driving them to take up the tactics of those who stand in polar opposition, those who’ve made a science of organizing and protesting, and they are not happy to have their playbook co-opted. One of the great ironies is the protesters are targeting the policies of a president who has on his resume the title of “Community Organizer”.
There is a very interesting story to be told here, I hope someone in the media will figure it out and take it up.
Microsoft made a big splash with their new search engine, Bing and even bigger slash when their partnership with yahoo was announced. Yup a new era in search had been born and Google was supposed to be scared. But even the best of us stumble at times and the same is true for Microsoft.
As I wrote above, the best of us all stumble from time to time and I hope that is what Microsoft did in this case. The other possibility is too improbable to even consider; that someone inside of MSFT made the decision to block search results that would put the company in a bad light. If that is the case, the individual showed not an ounce of wisdom.
Last time I checked my calendar the year is 2009 and the Internet is the preferred way of gathering news and information and is on the way to becoming the default way to communicate with friends, family and followers. That anyone would think, for even a minute, that the would get away with such a scheme boggles the mind. Not saying it’s impossible – after all we are treated to stories every year of the highschool who are stunned that the drunken photos they posted on facebook find their way to their parents and school administration – but it would be a shock.
Until we get a definitive explanation, I’ll believe the search results are function of one, or more, of the bugs Microsoft is famous for.
I’m sure it will be fixed by one of the 15 updates I get to wait through when I’m trying to shut down and go home for the weekend.