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Monday, March 10, 2014

Obama Derangement Syndrome As Political Fodder And A Danger To The Nation

Image: Mark Martizne Show

I often refer to Obama Derangement Syndrome (ODS). You know the phenomenon, either from observation, as a victim, or as one who contracted the angst filled (psychological) state around November 5th, 2008. 

If you are of the latter grouping, your mental state took a pathological turn for the worse on January 20th, 2009: Inauguration Day. And, the angst has metastasized to your very core. You are not one of the victims as GOP and conservative policy/practice have not led to deprivation via... 
  • denied unemployment benefits 
  • denied opportunity for healthcare
  • denied jobs 
  • suffered reduced SNAP benefits
  • loss a job resultant from anti-public service policy 
  • denied benefits as a veteran or active duty non-commissioned military family
You may be one who anxiously awaits daily broadcast of Fox News Obama hatred and may have devolved, as has so many on the right, to a state of Vladimir Putin worship. You may even find the Conservative Political Action Committee, CPAC, annual event an exercise in healthy politics as opposed to a far right-wing oozfest. An "oozfest" that ended this past week with a keynote speaker who so obviously has limited intellect. So much for the disjointed communication and 'quippishnes' of Sarah Palin.

There are some who speak out against ODS. We recently ran across a couple of anti-ODS people. One was broadcast on CNN and the other may have surprised Fox New producers as he spoke with Chris Wallace earlier today. 

From the March 7 edition of CNN's Crossfire: Paul Regala (stand-in) co-host.
Read more after the break below

From the March 9 edition of Fox Broadcasting Co.'s Fox News Sunday: Robert Gates, former Defense Secretary (republican)

Some on the Left refer to current GOP derangement as an affliction among conservatives. We certainly agree on that note. Yet, it is a much deeper and much more severe and deleterious political weapon from Right-wing and libertarian politicians and communicated via Right-wing media or media vying for market share (CNN). It should be noted, I consider all Sunday Morning News shows examples of 'derangement conduit media'.

Today's (March 9, 2013) line-up is a perfect example of my point. Notice GOP show guests highlighted in red font.

Mar 8, 3:17 AM EST

The Assiociated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

ABC's "This Week" - Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and Joaquin Castro, D-Texas.

NBC's "Meet the Press" - Tony Blinken, deputy national security adviser; New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

CBS' "Face the Nation" - Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.; former Vice President Dick Cheney; former Secretary of State James Baker.

CNN's "State of the Union" - Blinken; former Fla. Gov. Charlie Crist; Zygimantas Pavilionis, Lithuania's ambassador to the United States; Marina Kaljurand, Estonia's ambassador to the U.S.

"Fox News Sunday" - Paul; former Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

If Americans actually get their news from television, as indicated by Gallup and Pew Research surveys, news managers, producers and editors have full control over the message. If the message is delivered almost exclusively by the GOP (and, frankly, since the GOP is predominate male and white) the message comes from a one-sided perspective that is not representative of our diverse nation.  It should be noted GOP politicians and pundit who sit for the Sunday morning news shows are generally much older high-end Baby Boomers. They (virtually all white men) remind of the sea creature's that refused to consider leaving the sea for exploration of land masses during the Paleozoic Era.  Thus, they remain locked into life that has literally evolved well away from their confined states of mind and social paradigms. Yet, they infest certain networks as guests while providing revenue for news managers and producers. Short-term Profit and Loss statement revenue (personal financial gain), while delivering dangerous rhetoric and comment from people who are far from open-minded, politically motivated and who in many ways do not serve constituents in their districts.

The following four charts illustrate the extent to, which we are getting our news and political perspective from the Right via representatives of a political movement that has proven it cannot manage the US economy, is infested with "isms" (et al.) and could be very warlike (based on current rhetoric against peaceful negotiations regarding Ukraine). 

Not many blue bars during 2013, eh?

As review of the the four major networks, it look as if Stephanopoulos, reported to be a democrat, at ABC This Week spoke with guests who may have (in aggregate) been more politically diverse. Uuuum, a Democrat and former presidential aide; interesting.

Despite the rhetoric against MSNBC, it appears the network is much more diverse in scheduling guest. If we think in terms of a GOP that is 92% white, run by Paleozoic Era baby boomers, what conclusions should we draw about network managers and producers? Another critical consideration is, do American conservatives actually speak to or for national sentiment? Probably not! 

We want firearm background checks at the level of 90%, we believe unemployment payments should be renewed at the 75% level, and we are not giving-in to repealing the ACA at the 60% level. Yet, the GOP fails to respond to national sentiment. As far as firearm background checks, the GOP actually provides Wayne Lapierre (NRA) a large microphone at CPAC.  That is kind of "in-your-face", isn't it?

Now let's add cable networks to the review of Sunday Morning guest racial demographics.

Well, The far-right of the charts seems a bit more diverse. Both Harris-Perry and Kornacki work for MSNBC. 
It looks as if MSNBC is the best insulation from over exposure to ODS and GOP white male overload.  

My interest is in no way to advertise for MSNBC as the network's early morning news shows are clearly conservative broadcasts (e.g., Morning Joe Show and The Daily Rundown). If an example helps illustrate my last point, I recently heard Joe Scarborough argue the Koch brothers are being abused by the Left. He spoke of how the Kochs support the Arts; he should have received a retort that included Koch efforts to kill the ACA, segregate school systems and eliminate government agencies that watch-over and monitor our environment.

One more example. In 2011, CBS's Jeff Fager hired David Rhodes (Vice-President Fox News) to take over its news operations. Why do you think CBS hired Rhodes? Because Fox News has the dominate share of television news viewers regardless of the networks lack of real news shows. Is there any wonder the nation was exposed to the false Benghazi story from Lara Logan (who seems to have disappeared from CBS news) and her producer?  

There is real danger in media support ODS. Media personalities are lavishly over compensated for their work (entertainment). If economic times get rough, they can better absorb the financial failings of the GOP.  We can rest assured those shortcomings will again beset the nation if the GOP gets (purchase, voter suppression, etc.) control of federal governance. Hopefully, the GOP will administer to an economic collapse comparable to that of Bush/Cheney.

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