Rebuilding Camelot

The peasants are revolting! But first, let's see what the aristocrats are doing

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If knowledge is power, the national media seem to think you've got enough of it already.

In their insular, celebrity-obsessed, Camelot-pining world, the national media decided amongst themselves that Americans were "fascinated" by the Chelsea Clinton wedding and simply couldn't get enough of it.

If you were shaking your head about the media's fuss over the affair, you're not alone: A new "News Interest Index Survey" by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press found that nearly 60 percent of Americans thought there was too much coverage of the Clinton wedding. One media watchdog counted 87 starry-eyed dispatches from ABC, CBS and NBC between July 25 and August 1.

Fascinated? Or spoon-fed?

What is it with these people? Are they so desperate to re-create Camelot -- that mythical land of Democratic "royalty" first visited upon the Kennedy clan -- that they're willing to delude themselves and turn their own fascination with the Clintons into ours?

Well, yes, apparently so.

Failing that, there's always the Obamas to deify: Networks this past week swooned over Mr. Obama's 49th birthday, with ABC calling it his "Big Day." All three of the broadcast news shows lamented he was alone in Chicago, with Mrs. Obama off on a luxurious vacation in Spain -- but NBC's Savannah Guthrie tried to make us all feel better by noting "the money she spends will boost the Spanish economy."

Fine. Go off and search for another Democratic Camelot wherever you can find it.

But at what expense? As they were fawning over the first family, the broadcast news shows largely ignored the striking results of a vote in Missouri in which 70 percent rejected the new federal mandate to buy health care -- the first test of Obamacare among the electorate.

"It's the vote heard 'round the world," said one Missouri voter.

Not on the nightly news.

Amazing. The peasants are in the early stages of revolt, and our national news media are consumed -- dare we say "fascinated"? -- with the comings and goings of the aristocracy. These folks wouldn't have seen the French Revolution coming for all their sycophantic gushing over Marie Antoinette.

You have to wonder if Missouri's verdict would've led the news if the outcome had been different and the voters sided with Obama.

Well, actually, no you don't.

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baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 08/09/10 - 12:00 am
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If you don't like the a

If you don't like the a network's news programming then turn the dial, turn off the tv, or go buy a network and broadcast what you like. The constant whining about the MSM is kind of getting old. It is what it is and has been for a long time. If you know about the Missouri healthcare vote outcome then obviously the news you want to hear about is obviously being reported somewhere.

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GGpap 08/09/10 - 01:02 am
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Isn't it interesting that the

Isn't it interesting that the AC continues to harp about the news of interest that continues to take top billing in the national media and yet has no shame in the yellow-journalism they have been guilty of for months on end in their news and opinion articles.

GGpap

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sjgraci 08/09/10 - 02:23 am
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The first I have read about

The first I have read about any of that is here at the chronicle. Why do you care and make such a fuss chronicle? Most people don't care about these trivial rantings. Let me guess, faux news was ranting about this all week and you finally picked it up. I guess what this proves is that you, like faux, are nothing but tabloid propaganda rags.

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esmc68 08/09/10 - 02:30 am
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grouse and baron bad news is

grouse and baron bad news is in your future. You are not going to like what you hear in November. Bad news for you is good news for America. You will like the news even less in 2012 when your messiah will be shown the door. I hope what is left of our great republic can last that long.

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johnston.cliff 08/09/10 - 03:16 am
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Part of the coordinated

Part of the coordinated effort by the socialist left is to gain control of the entertainment and "news" industries. This isn't an over night effort, it's been going on for more than 70 years now.
Used in conjunction with the very successful "dumbing down of America" program in our schools, it's not surprising the choreographed government news media is able to buffalo so many voters.(see first four posts on this thread) For the easily tricked, what ever the government media puts out is the most important and the actual news is secondary. What's new about this?
I think it's important for the ACES to point this out on a regular basis so people can understand why so many on this site continue to regurgitate the radical left mantras. Since the choreographed government news system never rests their propaganda machine, it behooves the responsible media to occasionally note this. If the responsible media waits too long between notifications, some government educated and easily tricked person may not realize they have an option between the usual kool-aid and actual reliable information.
Thank you ACES for continuing to fight the good fight.

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Riverman1 08/09/10 - 04:27 am
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Bill Clinton should be

Bill Clinton should be relegated to a humorus footnote in history for the amazingly weird personal behavior he exhibited as Governor and President. I mean in the Oval Office library?! He will be laughed at for generations. But because the press has joined with the actors...gone Hollywood... he is forgiven and even fawned over. They reason that personal lives should be kept separate from politics, yet, sit at the gate to Chelsea's wedding and tell us what kind of delivery trucks enter.

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carcraft 08/09/10 - 05:37 am
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Obama's popularity is in the

Obama's popularity is in the tank and the "news media" will be "surprised" if the Democrates get pounded in Nov. Why? Because they think you are to stupid to have any information other than what they feed you with a spoon. Those folks who "care" so much about the "common" man, the Democrates, want to be treated like King Arthur royalty..what a joke, enjoy yout $75,000 a day vacation Michelle Antoinette and help Spain's economy, ours is OK...LOL

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johnston.cliff 08/09/10 - 07:41 am
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The msm is doing stories

The msm is doing stories about the Bush twins and the Palins? No news? I think this IS the subject of this editorial.

Retired Army, do you know there are "news" services that actually carry events of the day?

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dashiel 08/09/10 - 08:05 am
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Love that Slick Willie.

Love that Slick Willie.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 08/09/10 - 08:52 am
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Retired....when was the last

Retired....when was the last time the MSM portrayed a Bush or Palin in a good light?

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 08/09/10 - 08:58 am
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What do you conservatives

What do you conservatives want first, the bad news or the even worse news? Don't bother, here's the bad news: virtually constitution law specialist says Congress has the power to pass and enforce the so-called "insurance mandate." Everyone knows you don't like the mandate; everyone knows polls show lots of Americans, mostly conservatives, don't like the mandate. But guess what; none of that matters! The law is the law. Missourians can vote on all the resolutions they want, it won't make ANY difference. The ONLY way y'all are likely to get rid of the mandate is electing a Republican majority to Congress and a Republican Prez. Ending the mandate is not going to happen in the courts. The worse news is that SCOTUS is not likely even to vote on the constitutionality of the mandate. Long established precedent holds that states have no standing to challenge federal law--only individuals can, and even an individual (or group) cannot bring suit against the mandate until it is in force in 2014.
Bottom line is that even the best conservative justices the Bushes bought can help you on this one. Now I have not called anyone any names; I have made serious arguments. Reasoned, supportable, REAL responses, anyone out there?????

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 08/09/10 - 09:04 am
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The law isn't the law if it's

The law isn't the law if it's deemed unconstitutional by the COURT....not by "virtually constitutional law specialist" (whatever the heck THAT means)

Where does this un-named specialist say the Constitution gives them that power? Where does it say it?

Now back on the topic.

confederate american
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confederate american 08/09/10 - 09:08 am
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Onlyinag why do you worry so

Onlyinag why do you worry so much about the paper getting awards,does it have anything to do with you not getting any awards in your life

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 08/09/10 - 09:40 am
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Tigger__etc. If you really

Tigger__etc. If you really want to learn something and not just mouth off, here are answers to your questions. Congress gets its power to pass and enforce the insurance mandate from two constitutional provisions, its power to regulate interstate commerce and its power to tax. The courts, and especially SCOTUS, have interpreted these provisions in ways that give Congress extremely wide latitude. You have to look hard to find any SCOTUS cases where the court found Congress had exceeded its commerce or tax powers (there are a few), so in that sense, Pete Stark, that California Congressman, was right last week. Your snide comment on "virtually...." ("whatever the heck THAT means") was out of keeping with the tone of my post. Obviously I meant "virtually EVERY constitutional law specialist," and you know it. If you can find an authoritative commentary which supports the notion that these state challenges will ultimately succeed, I'd like to read it. Now, sure, "back on the topic." The kerfuffle over the coverage of the Obamas and Clintons is pretty silly, if not as Grouse posted, "mean spirited." ACES's triumphalism over Missouri firing the first shot in the New American Revolution is, as I have explained, a bit premature. A look at the demographic breakdown of that Missouri vote explains the outcome as well or better than the alleged strength of the the nation's (or Missouri's) anti-Obama sentiment. But as I have explained, from a legal standpoint, that first shot was not even symbolic: the ammo is a dud!

dani
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dani 08/09/10 - 07:46 pm
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Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/09/10 - 09:46 am
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EEL, it's all a moot point if

EEL, it's all a moot point if there is no money to pay for the health care bill. Actually, I wish every American could have free health care and more, but I realize there is no money to pay for it. Obama's plans so far have not created more jobs and we are close to a double dip recession.

He has to cut taxes to get business going and create jobs. What he tried didn't work...It's time to try a proven plan. If we get everyone working hard and paying some taxes, this country can provide a lot of services, but if you tax those who create jobs too much, business will decline.

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Chillen 08/09/10 - 09:49 am
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The problem is that the

The problem is that the uneducated masses, the sheeple, etc. watch primarily mainstream media, CNN, MSNBC, etc. if they even watch news at all. Many turn to People Magazine or Oprah for their latest news. It's all a full time liberal infomercial!

Hollywood is hopeless. Filled with communists, socialists and dictator loving celebritards. Fortunately they self-destruct over time and no one really listens to them.

The media has a responsibility to give real news, not ignore real news. That's not going to happen with these networks though. There is an agenda to fullfill. They will not stop until we are just like Europe or until they no longer have a job. Fortunately their ratings are dropping like a rock so one by one they will be joining the ranks of the unemployed, their voices & opinions silenced. Carma's a *****!

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Chillen 08/09/10 - 09:55 am
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riverman, I agree that

riverman, I agree that cutting taxes should help but I believe that every business person knows what obama's real agenda is. At this point, even if he did cut taxes, I'm not sure it would help because the "threat" of the increases taxes in the future & the continued government spending would still be looming. So much federal spending has been committed that any sane person knows it can't be paid for.

The only solution is a complete changing of the guards. We have less than 2 1/2 years to endure the current economic conditions. A new leader might inspire folks again. This one is washed up.

historicmustang
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historicmustang 08/09/10 - 09:58 am
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[quote] effete elitist

[quote]
effete elitist liberal Monday, Aug. 9 8:58 AM What do you conservatives want first, the bad news or the even worse news? Don't bother, here's the bad news: virtually constitution law specialist says Congress has the power to pass and enforce the so-called "insurance mandate."
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Could you please point out where the U. S. Constitution states Congress has the power to force citizens to buy insurance? For your reading pleasure here it is Article 1, Section 8 of the U. S. Constitution.

Section 8 - Powers of Congress

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To borrow money on the credit of the United States;

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;

To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;

To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;

To establish Post Offices and Post Roads;

To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;

To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;

To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations;

To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;

To provide and maintain a Navy;

To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;

To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings; And

To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 08/09/10 - 10:01 am
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Riverman1: precisely, which

Riverman1: precisely, which is, and was, the reason for the mandate in the first place! Requiring all Americans to either buy insurance or pay a fine is a good way to raise a pool of money to finance the other provisions of Obamacare. So perhaps the legal issues are not so moot after all. However, if you were referring to the general condition of the economy, which makes general revenue collection problematical, then the country has a lot more to worry about than Obamacare.

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justthefacts 08/09/10 - 10:02 am
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Before PPACA goes into effect

Before PPACA goes into effect in 2014, there is a lot of work to be done. There will have to be a "technical correction bill" to fix all the unresolved issues. Sebellas (sp) will have to decide what is actually covered under the law. The regulatory process will be a nightmare. If there is a new majority in either the House or Senate, well, who knows. Personally, one of the few things I like is the insurance mandate. While I have no statistics to back me up, I would venture to guess that a larger percent of Republicans have insurance vs Democrats. Can you imagine the shock of many Democrats when they realize that they have to buy insurance? I should stay on subject. the media is one sided.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 08/09/10 - 10:14 am
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historicmustang: here is what

historicmustang: here is what you probably already know and are not admitting, or don't know but ought to: most America citizens, at least those who pay attention and care (that includes both of us), think of themselves as looking for what might be called "the plain meaning" of the provisions of the Constitution. That is basically what you challenged me to do with the Constitutional text you posted. But the federal courts, including SCOTUS, have rarely done that. [You probably will retort that deviations from the "plain meaning" have always been the work of liberal justices, but that is simply not true. I could cite many examples, including recent ones, of conservative judicial activism, but this is not the time nor do I have the space.] The federal courts have largely deferred to Congress as the ELECTED governmental body, and in the exercise of that deference have given sometimes quite imaginative readings to the text's "plain meaning." So your challenge is essentially beside the point and irrelevant. What matters, for better or worse, is what the courts have done, and are likely to do, with the words and phrases of that text.
That, sir, is reality. You may not like it, but it is what it is.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 08/09/10 - 10:17 am
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Isn't this about Chelsea

Isn't this about Chelsea Clinton?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/09/10 - 10:35 am
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I wonder if Chelsea is going

I wonder if Chelsea is going to become a Jew since her husband is? Has anyone read anything about that?

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 08/09/10 - 10:39 am
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TTT: partly, but it was ACES

TTT: partly, but it was ACES that made the so-called "peasant revolt" against the insurance mandate of Obama's health reform bill the counterbalance to the news of the Obamas' and Clintons' personal life. ACES presented the wedding, etc. as a frothy distraction from the REAL news of the Missouri vote. I have responded to both, agreeing the celebrity news is silly, but pointing out all the excitement on the political right is not likely to get what the right wants from our court system. ACES clearly treated the Missouri vote as the "serious" part of its piece.
I agreed it was the more serious. How 'bout you?

historicmustang
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historicmustang 08/09/10 - 10:45 am
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[quote] effete elitist

[quote]
effete elitist liberal
So your challenge is essentially beside the point and irrelevant.
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My belief is that this is beginning to change as the States take back control of the run away government that they in fact created. We are seeing this in Arizona, Missouri and a host of other states. The citizens (aka the States) are finally taking notice and getting their butts out of the Lay-Z-Boys and may eventually get into the streets.

As far as my point being irrelevant, I would argue that statement being progressive thinking at its height. November will be very interesting.

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momster59 08/09/10 - 10:44 am
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riverman - they had a

riverman - they had a ceremony celebrating both religions and have made it clear that each will follow their own faiths. There are a great number of successful interfaith marriages.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/09/10 - 10:44 am
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Baptist turns Jew. I can see

Baptist turns Jew. I can see her at his family's dinner table.

"Be quiet and eat your shiksa."

We need to get the religious debaters to wade in on this issue. The comments would jump to about 900 about her abandoning Christ.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/09/10 - 10:46 am
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Momster59, so the kids will

Momster59, so the kids will be raised as Jews?

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 08/09/10 - 10:47 am
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Riverman1: no, but I have

Riverman1: no, but I have read that if Bristol changes her mind again and marries Levi Johnston, she will move with him to Hollywood and become
a celebrity porn star. [Well, OK, I actually haven't read this anywhere,
it's just Number #1 on every liberal's fantasy wish list!] Watch for the story, though, at your nearest supermarket checkout aisle....

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