Saturday, September 19, 2009

The BOM (Barack Obama Media) vs. Facebook

As Madame's eldest son Track is returning from Iraq this weekend, I don't anticipate that she and I will be working together much. So, consider this post "LOTUS, unplugged", but not for too long, as I don't want to run out of energy. I would like to touch on the issue of the media. There has been quite a bit of media malpractice, especially over the past 13 months or so. It is interesting that while the Softy Southpaws want to allow the continuation of abuse of medical malpractice litigation by not considering tort reform in their health care reforms, yet they are just fine with the amount of malpractice in the media. I suppose it is because the Softy Southpaws are very rarely the recipients of media malpractice. In fact, some feel that the idea of the mainstream media is not an appropriate term, perhaps it is more fitting to call it the Barack Obama Media (BOM).

As I was out surfing recently, I discovered that the Great Opologizer is going to visit 5 Sunday morning television shows tomorrow, perhaps to do more Obamacare re-runs. Wasn't it Albert Einstein who said, "[i]nsanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result"? By the way, if President Obama is doing 5 TV shows on a Sunday morning, wouldn't he miss church? Oh, he has yet to pick a church? Hmm, it is nine months into his presidency. Mississippi governor Haley Barbour pointed out that it took the Great Opologizer six months to pick out a dog for his family, yet President Obama wants to rush health care through before smart decisions are made.

While President Obama is making his pitch for his health care reform, Madame 45 has countered every time. Plus, as I've pointed out before, Pres. Obama pitches like a girl, Madme pitches like a woman. President Obama may use the MSM/BOM to attempt to get out his message, but Madame has used alternative means, namely Web 2.0, to get out her message. In fact, Facebook is now the fourth largest "nation" in the world with more than 300 million users. So, in essence, Madame's message has the potential to reach hundreds of millions of people. Some have even argued that our Facebook posts are the turning point in the health care debate:

There were no public appearances or speeches, no glitzy ad campaigns, no publicity tours, no interviews in the mainstream press or any new media outlet. Sarah Plain (sic) killed health care reform with a posting on her Facebook page, an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, and an exquisite sense of timing.

If history remembers one thing from the current debate over health care, it will remember the phrase “death panel.” Just as Harry and Louise form the enduring image from President Clinton’s failed attempt to take over the health care system, the “death panel” image will come to symbolize Obama’s failure and Palin’s triumph.

It’s almost the perfect political catchphrase. “Death panel” encapsulates everything people fear about the consequences of a government with too much power over those it is supposed to serve.

I still love the phrase "death panel". When Madame first typed it, I was confused. To me, the phrase death panel referred to what would come across my screen if I ever got a virus. However, when she described the implications of a government takeover of health care, I understood, and I realized that it was political gold. Now, don't tell Madame I'm writing this, but I think the following links comprise the First 2012 Presidential Debate:

Round One goes to Pugilist Palin!

(H/t to Kjanlady and Bestbud at C4P for their suggestions for this post)


bestbud said...


Like what you did... BOM vs Facebook... and the cover says it all, well done!... sorta like a Heavy Weight Fight!
Im saving all LOTUS for future reference they are a treasure.

Thanks for the shout-out too!

kjanlady said...


Love the post. Lotus Unplugged-great concept.

Thanks for thee H/T.

Rattlesnake said...

Barack Obama Media is the perfect way to describe them. They're not mainstream, and they're beyond biased; they're actually an arm of the current administration that refuses to report anything that doesn't fit their preconceived narrative.