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Attacking Obama/Community Organizing is Wrong
I saw John McCain's attack squad of negative, cynical politicians. They lied about Barack Obama and Joe Biden, and they attacked people for being a part of this campaign.
But worst of all -- and this deserves to be noted -- they insulted the very idea that ordinary people have a role to play in our political process.
Despite what John McCain and his attack squad say, everyday people have the power to build something extraordinary when we come together.
Both Rudy Giuliani and Sarah Palin specifically mocked Barack's experience as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago more than two decades ago, where he worked with people who had lost jobs and been left behind when the local steel plants closed.
Let's clarify something for them right now.
Community organizing is how ordinary people respond to out-of-touch politicians and their failed policies.
And it's no surprise that, after eight years of George Bush, millions of people have found that by coming together in their local communities they can change the course of history. That promise is what our campaign has been about from the beginning.
Throughout our history, ordinary people have made good on America's promise by organizing for change from the bottom up.
Community organizing is the foundation of the civil rights movement, the women's suffrage movement, labor rights, and the 40-hour workweek. And it's happening today in church basements and community centers and living rooms across America.
Meanwhile, we still haven't gotten a single idea during the entire Republican convention about the economy and how to lift a middle class so harmed by the Bush-McCain policies.
It's now clear that John McCain's campaign has decided that desperate lies and personal attacks -- on Barack Obama -- are the only way they can earn a third term for the Bush policies that McCain has supported more than 90 percent of the time.
Obama for America
Tail Wagging the Dog wearing Lipstick
Eddie Griffin, BASG
Does it make any difference what John McCain and Sarah Palin say of their opponent Barack Obama? Not according to the mass media. In their appetite for "red meat", they eat from Karl Rove’s table of bloody flesh. It makes no difference that the reporting is full of untruths, distortions, and outright lies.
NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell questions Washington bureau chief Mark Whitaker about how a frivolous story like pig-lipstick comment by Barack Obama can be transformed into a national controversy.
Whitaker literally claims that Senator John McCain’s much ado about nothing is really a ploy in “driving the news cycle day after day”.
So, what is Whitaker implying? Is he saying that John McCain is manipulating the media by feeding them trivia non-stories in order to evade the real issues?
WHITAKER: I keep waiting to see what animal we're going to find -- put lipstick on tomorrow. You know, we've had pit bulls, we've had pigs. It's turning into a very campy version of Noah's Ark. But, yeah -- look, I think, on one level, this seems like a frivolous story, but I think it does tell us two things that I think are important to watch. One is how good the McCain campaign is at hand-to-hand combat, at basically driving the news cycle day after day. Obviously, it's true that they don't really want to talk about the state of the economy, they don't want to talk about George Bush's record, so they've got to get other things to talk about, and they're very good at that.
NBC News political director Chuck Todd said earlier the same day on MSNBC's Morning Joe that the story was "a faux controversy" and that the media had "taken the bait on this lipstick thing" which he called "a joke" and "laughable."
Eddie Griffin Commentary
It gets no plainer than this: The tail is wagging the dog.
How can the mainstream media be manipulated like this? Simple, John McCain initiates and controls the course of the conversation. The media cannot get a real substantive question in edgewise.
I suspect some of the top media executives have a vested interest in the McCain candidacy and in manipulating the outcome of this election. Television news personalities see it, but are too helpless to stop it. Those who do show a little backbone gets an assignment in Siberia.