January 16, 2010

NOT CENTER-RIGHT ENOUGH, ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE:

When war is peace and right is center: It's not 1984, but Newspeak lives on in the media's skewing of the terms of our political debate (David Sirota, 1/14/10, Salon)

For a year, national reporters (with help from conservative talk-radio goons) have depicted the center-right Obama administration and its corporatist policies as quasi-Marxist. [...]

Then came a Denver Post editorial (in fairness, billed honestly as opinion) urging the city's mayor, restaurateur John Hickenlooper (D), to run for governor.

In an earlier interview with the paper's editors, Hickenlooper told the Post that his candidacy will be motivated by his belief that "there should be a lot more people in government who come out of the business community."

The Post responded in its editorial not by pointing out that the business-government revolving door is already spinning out of control, nor by noting that we're approaching the historical zenith of corporate-government corruption. Instead, the newspaper gushed.

"Even though he governs a left-leaning city, Hickenlooper has been a pro-business Democrat ... making (city services) more cost-effective," the paper wrote, before criticizing Hickenlooper's potential Democratic rival, Rep. Ed Perlmutter, as unacceptably "farther to the left than Colorado's electorate."

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 16, 2010 8:41 AM
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