American Elephants


Enough, Enough, Enough. by The Elephant's Child

migraineSorry about the light or absence of posting. I am exhausted by electioneering, the hate, the venom, the lies and exaggeration.Today and yesterday it has been all about the polls. Who’s up, who’s down. There has even been a vast array of supposedly predictive articles, events, long term trends, and even a Chinese monkey supposedly good at predicting.

It’s all pure speculation (with few facts) on the polls, which are pure speculation. Nobody knows. Everyone is speaking out to say who is going to vote for each candidate, but they are absent anything but speculation. I’m up to the ears with it. The speculation is just based on who the person doing the speculating prefers. And of course everyone is pretending to be non-partisan. I am tired of the media, tired of the pundits, tired of the pollsters — and I have the sense that everyone else is too. The whole damn thing has been a disaster.

The picture is obviously not me. I am of the female gender, But it captures the mood nicely.



The Media Are Not Fulfilling Their Appointed Role. by The Elephant's Child

Pat Caddell , speaking to Accuracy in Media Conference (AIM). He is a former Democrat pollster and analyst, Jimmy Carter’s pollster

In recent remarks to an AIM conference, “ObamaNation: A Day of Truth,” former Democratic pollster and analyst Pat Caddell said, “I think we’re at the most dangerous time in our political history in terms of the balance of power in the role that the media plays in whether or not we maintain a free democracy.” Caddell noted that while First Amendment protections were originally provided to the press so they would protect the liberty and freedom of the public from “organized governmental power,” they had clearly relinquished the role of impartial news providers.

Nowhere was this more evident than during the tragic death of a U.S. ambassador in Libya that was lied about for nine days, because the press and the administration did not want to admit it was a terrorist attack.

“We’ve had nine days of lies over what happened because they can’t dare say it’s a terrorist attack, and the press won’t push this,” said Caddell. “Yesterday there was not a single piece in The New York Times over the question of Libya. Twenty American embassies, yesterday, are under attack. None of that is on the national news. None of it is being pressed in the papers.”
Caddell added that it is one thing for the news to have a biased view, but “It is another thing to specifically decide that you will not tell the American people information they have a right to know.”




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