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Backlash Against Media for Hyping Pelosi "Setback"

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Is this the best our news media can do to smear the Democrats? Just a week after Democrats rode to victory on a wave of populist sentiment, news media organizations, alarmed at a democracy actually functioning as it is supposed to, have waged an all-out campaign to fracture and destroy the Democratic Party.

"Murtha looses and so does Pelosi." "Pelosi dealt MAJOR setback." "Pelosi now waging an uphill battle to regain her legitimacy." "Pelosi is a disgrace to the process of democracy." "Pelosi embodies the Democrats' embarrassing tendency to be embarrassing." "Pelosi ought to just quit while she's only a little bit behind."

This is a classic muckraking, smear-and-distortion campaign perpetrated by career reporters who care only for themselves, all the wild one-night-stands they entitle themselves to, and their status among the Washington clique. They're like birds: they all seem to veer in one direction at the same time. It's a flock of little birds that flap around from one tree branch to the next, missing so much space in between.

For nearly 72 hours, Pelosi has made the front page as a CONTROVERSIAL figure. The media has put her right where it wants her: in the cross hairs of their career-ending, sexist, semi-automatic degradation. They report on what kind of pantsuit she's wearing. They attack how she carries herself, with one Newsweek article asserting, "[T]he nation's first female Speaker is relentlessly, maddeningly poised. Whether embracing her one-time rival Steny Hoyer with a pained smile...Pelosi is becoming known to the public as the woman who smiles through it all." The use of the word "poised" is inaccurate, but the point is that this reporter is obsessed with how Pelosi LOOKS and how she ACTS! As if this is all that our nation can understand anymore.

This is the legacy of the late Baby Boomer and early Generation X-ers who are simply unable to debate ideas anymore. These are the same one-night-stand reporters who only care about how people LOOK. This Newsweek reporter has made it clear that she LOOKS better than Pelosi any Saturday night. At a time when the youthful explosion into Christianity defies the behavior of legions of adults who have made puerile pleasure the sole object of their lives, can't we-in the spirit of responsibility-please move past LOOKS as the bellwether of a person's worth in congress? My generation doesn't want a life-long hangover, a life of one-night-stands. We want progress and ideas and solutions, and we don't care if they come from Nancy Pelosi or Cousin Itt. We're not choosing leaders based on whom we'd sleep with.

At a time when the media could have been reporting on Big Oil's vested interest in staying in Iraq, it's acting like Cinderella's sisters toward Pelosi-making sure that she ain't going to no ball. At a time when we're mired in an endless war now only being waged to protect vast oil reserves that will bring Big Oil prosperity while third-world Iraqis live in squalor and terror, we're wasting 72 hours worth of ink over Pelosi's MAJOR SETBACK. Oh no! How long can we milk this story?

Corporate media continues to ruin its legitimacy, and independent media continues to win the populist vote of the people. The fat cats in Times Square may sneer at us and shove the corporate agenda down the throats of its audience, but a day of reckoning is coming. The same sentiment that swept change into Washington will sweep even the biggest fat cat news media organizations into oblivion if they continue to abdicate their responsibility to the people.
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