A tarnished halo

Media push deification of Obama to an absurd new level

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They did it as much for themselves as for the president. It’s a great way to get attention, after all. And weekly news magazines desperately need attention these days.

But really. A halo?

Even by today’s lack of standards, Newsweek’s cover depicting Barack Obama with a rainbow-colored halo as the “first gay president” is an astonishing low in the annals of American journalism, and an alarming reminder of just how far the media will go to glorify and advance this man.

These news magazines have long had a nagging habit of trying to get so far out in front of the parade that they look hopelessly lost. But this – mimicking the 1990s referral to Bill Clinton as the “first black president” – will be hard to beat for its sheer fatuousness and naked adulation.

In a vacuum, it might be
written off as a mere publicity stunt masquerading as some sort of journalism. But Newsweek is not alone among the supposed “news” media in its attempt to influence this election.

The Washington Post recently ran a lengthy front-page story about an alleged bullying – a forced haircut – of a reportedly gay student by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney nearly 50 years ago in prep school.

So they’re drawing quite a contrast for this election: a halo vs. horns.

A relative of the alleged bullying victim, who has since died, told NBC that the Post’s portrayal was “factually incorrect.” But assuming even accurately retold 50-year-old youthful incidents are relevant in a 2012 election that will decide the fate of the country, commentator Judy Miller asks, rightly, “Where are the comparable pieces about Barack Obama’s missing background?”

The media are completely ignoring huge gaps in our knowledge of Barack Obama’s past, as Miller notes. In just a couple examples, she says, “Where is the law school period in New York? Where are the string of girlfriends that he now doesn’t want to talk about?”

Fact is, Obama recently had to admit that a “New York girlfriend” he wrote about in his memoir was actually not a real person, but a “composite.” So his autobiography contains a little fiction. No problem.

Can you imagine the media forgiving Romney for making stuff up about his past? Or for admitted non-isolated illegal drug use? Can you imagine the media showing no interest in large gaps in our knowledge of Mr. Romney?

Can you imagine the media deifying a Republican who, like Obama, has come out in favor of gay marriage but won’t lift a finger to further it? If he thinks gay marriage is the right thing, even a civil right, why won’t he fight for it? Thank goodness the Civil Rights leaders showed more commitment!

How do the media canonize someone this way? What has happened to this nation’s free press?

Well, other than the need for these magazines to shock – a Time cover just showed a full-blown preschooler breastfeeding – in this particular case there are two self-enabling phenomena at work: First, the insidious, documented, undeniable liberal bias in the legacy media. Second, the cult of personality that has been erected around Barack Obama like Greek columns.

That cultish devotion to the man, first seen in JFK and replayed for Mr. Clinton, and so suggestive of a dictator’s fawning following, is a pretty poor barometer for elections in a free republic. Rather than lick his boots, we instead might want to examine the man’s policies and leadership and how they are impacting America – and how they might continue to do so.

First, of course, check the halo at the door.

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Retired Army
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Retired Army 05/14/12 - 09:44 pm
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Surprise, surprise surprise.

Surprise, surprise surprise. it's Tuesday, bash Obama day. Come to think of it any day that ends with the letter Y is bash Obama day from our Oracles on Broad.

Wasn't so long ago that this editorial staff was wondering about a 50 year old birth certificate, or at the very least refusing to refute the claims of those that did.

Willard Romney's whole past has been one of privilege and advantage. Good for him. His God may like him. Who knows. But that doesn't mean he gets any free passes from any press source. Sure you guys at the Chronicle have stuck yourselves with this less than presidential timbre candidate. And when bad stuff comes to light that goes to character, less than honorable supporters will pop up out of the wood work.

This paper could really use an ombudsman much as does the Washington post. Here's how a newspaper that is of true public service and not just a mouthpiece for a political party handles stories like the Mitt Romney bullying scandal:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/omblog/post/mitt-romney-bullying-sto...

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 05/14/12 - 09:51 pm
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Real Halos come from God and Not Newsweek

President Obama is touting the gay marriage and now even advocating the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. Do we really have to wait till November to send this guy back to Chicago? It is very clear who Obama is catering to for votes but he will be sadly mistaken because most Americans are against homosexual marriage. Regardless of any trumped up polls every time Americans vote on it they vote it down by a landslide just like NC did. So go ahead Mr. President and evolve any way you choose but the American found out that a Messiah you are not regardless of what halos they draw around your head.

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allhans 05/14/12 - 09:55 pm
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.I personally don't think

.

I personally don't think that placing a halo on a photo of a man glorifies him in any way or makes him other than what he is..
Or that it will help him get elected.

Pretty colors though.

Jake
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Jake 05/14/12 - 10:17 pm
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Lick his boots?

I thought Bush was the last one in the White House to wear boots, high heels probably. These idiotorials are getting more bizarre each day. If you want to be believable then at least try being more objective. allhans said it pretty well, it is all just fluff.

Cdr4500
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Cdr4500 05/14/12 - 10:29 pm
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"Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky,
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"Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, son of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, said he "wasn't sure that (Obama's) views on marriage could get any gayer," sparking laughs on Friday among his audience at an event held by Iowa's Faith and Freedom Coalition."

If anybody ever wonders why I have no respect for people opposed to gay rights based on the claim that it's simply their "belief", this is why.

No belief should be respected if it calls on you to denegrate, ridicule and humiliate an entire group of people, especially in this country of all places.

The more conservatives and religious people dig in their heels about eradicating "the gay", the more adamant I become that their beliefs are dangerous and are not to be trusted, believed or shown any shred of respect whatsoever.

Cdr4500
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Cdr4500 05/14/12 - 10:32 pm
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To me, "Defending marriage"
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To me, "Defending marriage" means encouraging couples to make life-long commitments to one another: 'richer or poorer, sickness or health, till death do us part..." People are free to make marriage a religious ceremony, but at its simplest the marriage contract is a legal document recognized by the state, saying two people are life-long partners, and requiring another legal action to break it (a legal divorce.)

There's no reason to limit the marriage contract to couples who can conceive children. Nor is it necessary to limit marriage contracts to some bible-based definition. In my view, a marriage commitment between two people is always beneficial.

He is not talking about marriage in a Christian church he is talking about legal marriage. If your Christian church would not marry a gay couple because of what it says in the bible fair enough but you have no right to to tell that same couple that because of your religious beliefs they cannot form a legal union.

faithson
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faithson 05/14/12 - 10:37 pm
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Hook Line and Sinker

The democrats have found their own Karl Rove and he is masterful. Shove fringe issues at the far right and they bite every time. A great way to marginalize the far right like this editorial board. They keep using the same old 'main street media' is the boogyman line to justify their continuing attacks, attacks that are getting old. Gotta love it when all the air in the room is taken up 'attacking' the antagonist, leaving the protagonist with little oxygen to get his message out. Well said alhans.

debbiep38
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debbiep38 05/14/12 - 11:26 pm
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RA, his God?
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RA, his God?

Techfan
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Techfan 05/15/12 - 01:21 am
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Techfan
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Techfan 05/15/12 - 02:16 am
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"That cultish devotion to the

"That cultish devotion to the man"????
A memorial in every county in America?
http://www.ronaldreaganlegacyproject.org/

KSL
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KSL 05/15/12 - 02:27 am
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Tech, do you research those

Tech, do you research those sites you post or are you on a bunch of liberal mailing lists? By the way, I skip over those you post. Once in a great while, I will check one out so I can be reminded of you.

KSL
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KSL 05/15/12 - 02:26 am
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If I had the time or the

If I had the time or the inclination, I could match you with cultish devotion to the zero. Not worth my time or effort.

Techfan
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Techfan 05/15/12 - 02:41 am
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Definitely don't get liberal

Definitely don't get liberal feeds so, yes, I do the research. I pretty much just have an email account because you need one to order stuff on the net. I use the phone and car to keep up with friends. I confess, I do keep several feeds from musical supply stores so I won't miss a deal. A man can never have too many guitars, flashlights, or pocket knives. You might want to read some of the posts as a learning experience. Those above I used to make a point. Most of them are sources of research.

KSL
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KSL 05/15/12 - 02:48 am
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My son can't have too many

My son can't have too many guitars, either.

Do you read sites posted by conservatives as a learning experience? Just an innocent question.

I'm wondering if I remember more about you than you remember about me, by the way.

KSL
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KSL 05/15/12 - 02:49 am
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How many kinds of flashlights

How many kinds of flashlights does one need?

desertcat6
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desertcat6 05/15/12 - 02:58 am
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Liberal posters strike again.

Liberal posters strike again. Waiting to pounce on opinion pieces to degrade ACEs in an attempt to set the agenda for the day's discussion with their own slanted analysis, and liberal views. Seriously, a rainbow halo on the president from a national news weekly doesn't demonstrate some liberal media bias?

FriedFacts
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FriedFacts 05/15/12 - 03:46 am
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Remember Romney is Just a Man, but Obama is...
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Let's keep the guidelines clear. Romney is a man who was born and grew up while going to school. Obama transcends. He is simply here. Take him for the great leader he is. Don't question his past, where he came from or if he is human. Mmmmmm, mmmmmm, mmmmmm.

Techfan
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Techfan 05/15/12 - 03:47 am
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Yep read right left and in

Yep read right left and in between. Flashlights: small ones, medium and big ones. The kind that bend to get into places, led for battery conservation, krypton or cree for brightness, king with pinpoint lighting and wide beam, crank in case batteries are out. And I night vision to spot coyotes/dogs that try to mess with your animals. Oh, and the kind that go on your hat so it's hands free. That oughta about cover it for flashlights. Geez, I feel like Bubba naming shrimp recipes.

Techfan
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Techfan 05/15/12 - 04:03 am
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Since the AC is posting the

Since the AC is posting the editorial, they would be the ones setting the agenda. It's a freakin' magazine cover. They're often used like editorial cartoons and are often outlandish. What's ridiculous is a newspaper making a big deal over it. I don't remember the AC griping when Time ran a cover of Bill Clinton and used the negative of the photo.

desertcat6
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desertcat6 05/15/12 - 04:44 am
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Again, the AC editorials are

Again, the AC editorials are in the OPINION section of the newspaper. They represent the editor's opinion on politics and events, and there should be no expectation that an editorial will be unbiased. They may print opposing views in this section, but those are called guest collumns. Unbiased news reporting is found else where in the paper.

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carcraft 05/15/12 - 04:47 am
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Well the stock market has

Well the stock market has dropped, unemployment still above 8%, green energy companies Obama bet on with your tax dollar still failing (Fisker motors Krama caught on fire and burned down a guy’s garage http://fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/karma-burns-owners-man... ), record deficits, and lies upon lies are being exposed! What’s a Marxist President to do? Oh let’s bring out the gays, and march them around, that should distract America and put some coin in Obama’s pocket!

carcraft
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carcraft 05/15/12 - 04:49 am
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Of course some here won't

Of course some here won't accept the link to the news story because it isn't a "Lame stream" alphabet soup source!! BWAHAHAHAHAHA

southernguy08
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southernguy08 05/15/12 - 05:43 am
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"EVOLVED"
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First, Retired, you have a short memory. EVERYDAY was bash Bush day for the liberals. Second, funny, if a Republican changed his mind on an issue, he is guilty of "flip flopping." But, if a Dem, especially a liberal Dem changes his mind, he has "evolved." No doubt Obama sees the polls and knows he has to do something to get his numbers up or he'll be back in Chicago next year, working as a "community organizer." Maybe he can actually do that job. He's the poster boy for incompetence.

Techfan
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Techfan 05/15/12 - 06:19 am
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Yay, wordpress, where any

Yay, wordpress, where any kook in the country can blog, and in the case of fellowshipoftheminds, some evidently did. These folks are waaaaayyyyy out there. What is the strange attraction for right wingers to the most unbelievable, conspiracy minded, obviously run by nuts websites?

Bizkit
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Bizkit 05/15/12 - 06:34 am
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It's symbolic of the Prez and

It's symbolic of the Prez and progressives victory (and propaganda) of their desire to have sexual preference trump religious tenets. It's a "rainbow" halo. Like I say Obama will "go down" in history as the "Cool Culture President"-reminds me Nero as he watched Rome burn. It's jobs and the economy stoopid. This ploy could blow up in his face with Independents in swing states. There is a huge paradox in polls (which may be manipulated by the media) that support gay unions and the states that have voted it down in large numbers (which may be manipulated too sad to say). When the merit of your argument is a sexual preference you open the door for more "preferences" because of fairness and equality under the law. I support gay unions and their civil rights but I see gay "marriage" as an intrusion of state into religion. It's semantics but the Prez goes crazy with that all the time. Rather than flip flop he evolved-geez how inane.

Techfan
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Techfan 05/15/12 - 06:36 am
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It's just a freakin' magazine

It's just a freakin' magazine cover. They run photos of pregnant celebrities and who's starring in a new tv show. Get over it.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 05/15/12 - 06:43 am
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Music is the universal

Music is the universal language but after 48 years of being a musician I learned a long time ago that you don't need every new toy nor the best toy (you'll go broke quick). A good musician can play anything. I don't know how music stores stay open with the internet competition. I like to support local music stores but I tell em what I can get it for and I would like to give them my business but you gotta match or beat.

TParty
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TParty 05/15/12 - 06:43 am
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I thought James Buchanan was

I thought James Buchanan was the first gay President.

What's worse? The Newsweek cover, or the Times cover- with the feeding three year old?

Also- it's not a real halo, ACES. It's Photoshopped. It's okay. You'll get through this, but Obama is not a real angel.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 05/15/12 - 06:51 am
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It's just a magazine

It's just a magazine cover????- so you wouldn't be offended if it was Obama with a Hilter mustache?????? Or better yet a pic of Obama sodomizing a twink. We all accept this behavior so it can't be offensive. Right????? It's not illegal.

Techfan
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Techfan 05/15/12 - 06:56 am
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They couldn't put

They couldn't put pornographic on the stands. Somewhere I'm sure some magazine has probably used the mustache thing. Why sweat all this little stuff? The way the AC editorial crew has been going, some right wing looney web site probably made a big deal of it, so they jumped on the bandwagon. They've been lacking a lot in originalty lately.

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