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Streisand writes: "We know there is a certain level of theatrics in politics. The electorate assumes that candidates will embellish, evade, and even sidestep at times when asked tough questions. But the line should be drawn when candidates rewrite history in order to protect or enhance their own self-image, which isn't based on the truth."

Singer, actress, director, and political activist Barbra Streisand. (photo: BBC)
Singer, actress, director, and political activist Barbra Streisand. (photo: BBC)

Where Is the Fourth Estate When You Need Them?

Barbra Streisand, Reader Supported News

04 February 12


t seems these days that the Republican debates have become a forum in which candidates can assert just about anything. With the right amount of aggression, they are able to avoid answering tough questions by bullying the moderator into submission (i.e. not asking strong follow up questions in order to correct the record). We know there is a certain level of theatrics in politics. The electorate assumes that candidates will embellish, evade, and even sidestep at times when asked tough questions. But the line should be drawn when candidates rewrite history in order to protect or enhance their own self-image, which isn't based on the truth.

Americans are busy, working hard to support and provide for their families. They don't have time to parcel out fact from fiction. They depend on the Fourth Estate to guide them and to hold individuals running for office, especially the highest office in our country, accountable. Journalists like Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Murrow knew it was their duty to know the facts and disseminate them to the public. That responsibility in today's media world seems to be diminishing.

As I've watched the Republican presidential primary unfold, I've seen the candidates successfully deflecting answers to tough questions or misleading the public, without forceful and timely push back from the mainstream media. And we all know, the longer a lie or a half truth is allowed to simmer in the public consciousness without being refuted, the harder it is to correct misconceptions down the line.

Newt Gingrich has done this the best. He has claimed in debates and interviews that while serving as Speaker of the House, his leadership helped create 11 million new jobs, which ultimately led to the economic boom of the 1990s. He always leaves out one very important fact, however. The economic boom of the 90s would not have been possible without President Clinton. Clinton pushed for the passage of the 1993 Deficit Reduction Act, which proposed increasing taxes on the wealthiest income earners, cutting programs that weren't working, taxing corporations at 35%, and extending the earned income tax credit. Gingrich vehemently opposed the bill and he and every one of his Republican colleagues voted against it. The deadlock was broken by then Vice President Al Gore and the bill was signed into law by President Clinton. Three years later, the economy was surging, and by the end of Clinton's second term, when Gingrich was forced out of office by his own party, the Administration recorded a net budget surplus. It was the first time the US budget had been balanced since 1968. Given these historical facts, how does any pundit or media outlet allow Gingrich to get away with taking credit for something he worked so hard to destroy?

Also, recently in a debate moderated by Fox News analyst, Juan Williams, Gingrich was questioned about controversial remarks he had made about poverty and African Americans. Gingrich had previously said black Americans should demand jobs, not food stamps. Juan Williams attempted to coax Gingrich into acknowledging that he was playing racial politics. To which Gingrich responded untruthfully that, "more people have been put on food stamps by Barack Obama than any president in American history." And there ended that portion of the debate with Gingrich receiving deafening applause from the audience, looking strong and principled. What Juan Williams failed to point out in that moment is that Barack Obama has not put anyone on food stamps. The grossly irresponsible and greedy practices of those on Wall Street, which led to the subsequent crash of the housing market, created the most severe recession our country has experienced since the Great Depression (which Obama inherited from George W. Bush when he entered office). These events, along with the continuous deregulation of our financial sector, conspired to make a record number of people eligible for government food assistance. Juan Williams completely missed this important opportunity to reveal the real truth behind Gingrich's racist assertions.

These kinds of tactics are used frequently by candidates running for office. Journalists need to stand strong and do their job, which is to challenge candidates immediately when they are purposefully misleading the public. They should not be polite or fearful of offending someone when the truth is in question. As we continue through the primary and head toward the general election, this is crucial. Without the mainstream media's commitment to holding candidates accountable, we have little chance of having a well-informed electorate on Election Day. And let's look at the facts. The truth is, President Obama's leadership on the stimulus, bringing the auto industry back from the brink of collapse, adding nearly 3.7 million private sector jobs in 23 consecutive months of job growth proves that our country is moving in the right direction. Because of the President's policies, our economy is on the road to recovery and it's time we start celebrating the truth.

P.S. Hooray to everyone who supported Planned Parenthood and spoke out against Susan G. Komen for the Cure, who wrongfully politicized the issue of women's health. This week we saw how the power of grass roots activism can lead to positive change. Bravo!

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+284 # MainStreetMentor 2012-02-04 14:51
Always appreciated and admired your vocal abilities, Ms. Streisand - but it seems you're not just another fabulous voice. Your commentary on this topic equals or perhaps even surpasses your proclavity to excel within the world of music. Now, I appreciate not just your music, but your obviuous wisdom.
+76 # readerz 2012-02-04 21:59
We do need celebrities to speak out with intelligence on the issues, and this is one of the most intelligent articles I have read, by anyone. There needs to be all kinds of celebrities speaking up on these issues, from every sector of life. While the Republicans will have the equivalent of the gross national product as their campaign fund, the only way to grab any media is if celebrities say something. I'm hoping this starts at the Super Bowl, continues with the Oscars and all the other awards shows, and culminates in large concert-demonst rations spring, summer, and fall. In the 1970s, the media also tried to ignore demonstrations, but they would show clips of John Lennon showing up (and I got to see him singing "Give peace a chance" in person back then).
+37 # Rita Walpole Ague 2012-02-05 07:46
You are so right, MainStreetMento r. And I too thank Ms. Barbara. Not always easy or comfortable (or safe) to speak out and write of truths that so need to be told. However, courage and determination, Wisconsin/Occup y style refusal to give up or give in, is exactly what we must do if we are to bring about real, true change, and.....

-251 # barbaratodish 2012-02-04 15:36
Maybe when and if celebrities stopped embellishing, evading and sidestepping the truth, politicians might follow their lead? Perhaps we all need to see VALUE in communicating our "dark sides". One way to do this would be for all of us to FIND our lost senses of humor, instead of taking ourselves so seriously. There may be an eternity to take our (dead) selves seriously, because the very worst of life's terror may just may only be RELATIVE (both blood relative, and other lol) PRACTICE for what may be ABSOLUTE terror when we die! But then again, as Socrates said about death, etc. when we know that we do not know, death may be ABSOLUTE comedy, where we can finally laugh at our darkest sides, or mabe laugh AND cry simultaneously. Now that's muti-tasking! lol
+103 # paulrevere 2012-02-04 16:29
+139 # Cassandra2012 2012-02-04 17:01
Quoting barbaratodish:
Maybe when and if celebrities stopped embellishing, evading and sidestepping the truth, politicians might follow their lead? Perhaps we all need to see VALUE in communicating our "dark sides". One way to do this would be for all of us to FIND our lost senses of humor, instead of taking ourselves so seriously. There may be an eternity to take our (dead) selves seriously, because the very worst of life's terror may just may only be RELATIVE (both blood relative, and other lol) PRACTICE for what may be ABSOLUTE terror when we die! But then again, as Socrates said about death, etc. when we know that we do not know, death may be ABSOLUTE comedy, where we can finally laugh at our darkest sides, or mabe laugh AND cry simultaneously. Now that's muti-tasking! lol

This stream-of-consc iousness comment does not at all speak to the genuine questions Streisand directed to the lazy (frightened, submissive? etc.) media regarding their lack of response to the manipulations of the hypocritical pols like Newt... .
-123 # Erdajean 2012-02-04 17:20
Sorry, Barb, but this is ludicrous. Since when do we require "truth in entertainment?" Sad to say the Court Jester sometimes lost his head for being too truthful, We all know that "celebrities," for the most part, are not famous for brain or character. but mostly for being famous. Comedians show us truth, for sure, but we don't depend on them for it. Not if we're bright. Entertainment is SUPPOSED to give us escape from the harsh realities before us every waking hour.

On the other hand, our leaders in government are not supposed to look to clowns, celebrity wrestlers and sex queens in shirts cut-down-to-her e as founts of wisdom, though sometimes, alas, by comparison, they are. Our leaders are SUPPOSED to deeply study issues, read history, commune with true experts, be truthful, and in all things, have the best for the nation's real people as their guiding light. That's what we have elected them to do -- though sometimes there's an element of fantasy, even in our hope.
+102 # howard1912 2012-02-04 18:15
Just because Barbara is a singer does not mean she can not know about other things in life. Does your job or any one else's job qualify them to be the only ones to "think beyond their job description"? Barbara has made some good points and is her right to do so under the Constitution. Just because one is an entertainer does not mean they do not have any brains to think outside their perview.
+50 # Rick Levy 2012-02-04 21:54
Being an entertainer should neither qualify nor disqualify the speaker or writer for public office or space in a newsletter. The question is whether or not (s)he has made a logical point and presented it clearly.
+26 # mhog jones 2012-02-04 18:23
escapism in the face of fascism is denial! (and denial ain't just a river in Egypt).
+43 # bluebluesdancer 2012-02-04 20:11
Ronald Reagan, Arnold Schwartzenegger.
RR is touted as the greatest President in US history by the Republicans (I strongly disagree, but my opinion is moot) and although I think he was a disaster, he was by no means unintelligent or lacking in character... (Ummm... if actors have no character how in hell do they get jobs based on being able to portray character?)
Actors actually tend to be more intelligent than the average individual... like Sign-Language interpreters... their jobs require them to learn more and to use it more than you or I. With all due respect, you have no idea what you are talking about, especially when it comes to Ms Streisand.
+53 # Erdajean 2012-02-04 20:42
Just for the record, this was NOT a response to Barbra Streisand, whose message is right on, but to a reader Barbara who wrote about the duty of celebrities. No, where it turned up, it does NOT make sense. All apologies to Barbra Streisand, with whom I could not agree more.
+14 # X Dane 2012-02-04 23:56
My apologies to you Erdejean, I also thought it was a response to Barbra S
-15 # barbaratodish 2012-02-05 18:23
Thanks for helping me to focus ore on what I was writing about: I see now that I may have been writing about what I HOPED would be a celebrities duty to themeself, if not also to their fans and others, to take themselves less seriously and with more humor, because they are a voluntary role model (does any1 have a gun at any celebrities head forcing them into celebritydom?
I would hope even (especially?) a celebrity would have a "duty" to themselves to find or allow to emerge for the very 1st time, if need be, their sense of humeo. After all they have money fame, power and that gives them little if any excuse to avoid taking the time, (since liesure can be purchased, etc.) to find their lost sense of humor, or to work on allowing thierr sense of humor to emerge.
+14 # 2012-02-06 05:33
barbaratodish: Barbra Streisand has been a political activist for years, and so are many other movie stars. It's well known that most of them are liberal Democrats. Barbra wrote this excellent editorial because she felt a duty to express her political viewpoint and her concerns about current journalists not seeking facts and truth from Republican candidates as relentlessly as they should and she gave specific examples which added credence to the article.
It's very appealing when a celebrity like Barbra Streisand speaks out for a political party or a candidate as you can see from the comments on this Post.
-3 # barbaratodish 2012-02-06 13:40
We all need to be "celebrities" to ourselves!
0 # juliajayne 2012-02-06 12:52
I find your use of shorthand very annoying, to the point of not wanting to read it. Sorry.
-2 # barbaratodish 2012-02-06 13:49
Quoting juliajayne:
I find your use of shorthand very annoying, to the point of not wanting to read it. Sorry.

I used 1 for one, because I am used to being limited in space. Sorry you take small details to (instead of 2) heart!lol
I do apologise for the misspellings, though, i.e., ("ore" should be "more", "humeo" should be "humor".
+17 # Majikman 2012-02-04 22:22
Your reference to "Barb" is I think Barbaratodish and not barBRA Streisand. I gave you a + with that understanding
+17 # X Dane 2012-02-04 23:50
Erdajean I usually find your comments thoughtful and intelligent. Unfortunately this time you missed the mark. We have many entertainers, who are very intelligent, socially aware and involved, putting their money where their mouths are, and doing a lot of good.
Being an entertainer certainly does not mean that you loose your rights as a citizen. Of course they should speak out.

Barbara Streisand is so correct. I am often very upset when a politician is lying, or simply incorrect and the interviewer let it pass without calling the person on it.

Either he/she doesn't care, doesn't want to correct the interviewee, or doesn't know. In any of the cases the interviewer is WRONG and is therefore misleading us the public.

We do to some degree depend on the journalists, for a great many citizens simply do not have the time to inform themselves about all the people we need to know about, in order to make intelligent choices.
-2 # barbaratodish 2012-02-06 14:05
Speaking as being taken as speaking as Barbra Streisand, lol and responding to your comments: it is all relative, for instance when a celebrity has money fame and power it is "easier" to speak out, (in the Mc Carthy era it was harder) but I wish people would just communicate without ego and/or drama, regardless of their relative wealth.
+20 # unitedwestand 2012-02-05 04:08
Barbra has never missed the truth of things as long as I've known her to be aware of politics. She is one of those beautiful people that have made it big time from meager beginnings and never forgot the difficulties and the pain of not being able to take care of your family. Can you imagine not being able to feed your children. I've always felt that Barbra knows and understands and has done much throughout her life to help those at the bottom.
What she said about people being too busy to take the time to search the truth, especially after being given nothing but lies, really rings true. The media has let every down, and we need to start taking our airwaves back one way or another.
Thank you Barbra.
-6 # barbaratodish 2012-02-06 13:33
Quoting Erdajean:
Sorry, Barb, but this is ludicrous. Since when do we require "truth in entertainment?" Sad to say the Court Jester sometimes lost his head for being too truthful, We all know that "celebrities," for the most part, are not famous for brain or character. but mostly for being famous. Comedians show us truth, for sure, but we don't depend on them for it. Not if we're bright. Entertainment is SUPPOSED to give us escape from the harsh realities before us every waking hour.

On the other hand, our leaders in government are not supposed to look to clowns, celebrity wrestlers and sex queens in shirts cut-down-to-here as founts of wisdom, though sometimes, alas, by comparison, they are. Our leaders are SUPPOSED to deeply study issues, read history, commune with true experts, be truthful, and in all things, have the best for the nation's real people as their guiding light. That's what we have elected them to do -- though sometimes there's an element of fantasy, even in our hope.

RE: "Truth in entertainment": IMHO, this is called comedy, especially when comedy is alternative comedy instead of commercial comedy. Commercial comedy that makes fun of emotional physical, etc.,vulnerabil ity often has zero real informational, redeeming, etc., value.
Re: "Our leaders are SUPPOSED to deeply study issues", IMHO, we all need to be leaders to ourselves and we all need to deeply study issues!
0 # noitall 2012-02-08 13:49
"Entertainment is SUPPOSED to give us escape from the harsh realities before us every waking hour." Right you are! "Entertainment" 'news' does just that and provides a dense smoke screen to help us "escape" from our role in this so-called democracy. We owe thanks to entertainers with a conscience who, through their celebrity, can have a voice in this contrived information industry. The news media certainly doesn't provide this.
+30 # stonecutter 2012-02-04 17:32
@ Barbaratodish

These are absolutely incoherent comments. This is not criticism--I don't criticize other comments on RSN except obvious trolls from the dark side--but only an observation...I simply can't comprehend your writing. Take it or leave it.
+61 # tclose 2012-02-04 17:35
Barbara - your attempt at getting us "to laugh at our darkest sides" has obviously failed, based on the number of negatives your incoherent rant has generated.
Bravo to Barbara S for her intelligent point of view.
+45 # 2012-02-04 18:53
Barbra Streisand makes an excellent point when she says that politicians running for POTUS need to be held to a higher standard by current journalists who are conducting interviews.Too many are embellishing, evading and deflecting the truth to tough questions, misleading the public. Some are taking credit for accomplishments they had nothing to do with. Nobody does this better than Newt Gingrich. An example she cites is Newt has credited himself with the economic boon of the'90s which she states "would not have been possible without President Clinton" who pushed for the passage of the the "1993 Deficit Reduction Act", which Newt opposed and voted against.

Barbra wants Journalists to challenge the candidates more relentlessly, to know and desseminate the facts in the way Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Morrow did. What she's saying is we want facts from candidates who aspire to be POTUS and nothing but the facts.
-3 # colpow 2012-02-05 07:27
Stop drunk blogging!
-7 # barbaratodish 2012-02-06 13:18
What I am saying is that those without "sin", should throw the first stone. Their denial of their own "sin" hopefully, will cause the "stone" they "throw" to leave their own hand and hit THEMSELVES in the head! lol
+115 # artful 2012-02-04 16:18
You are correct Barbara that the mainstream media has become a ghost of its former self. I look upon the fourth estate as I do my dead relatives--fond remembrance for good things now long gone. Professional journalism has been so corrupted by Rupert and his Faux News Network and his corrupted WS Journal enterprises that the remaining pieces have been totally intimidated. Were it not for PBS/NPR and the Comedy Channel(think Stewart & Colbert) we might not know anything today. Perhaps someday, Americans will awaken from their long sleep and fairydust dream state that they will once again desire a fourth estate that is alive and well. But until we banish the stupid people and racists from our midsts, it may be a long wait.
+5 # KittatinyHawk 2012-02-04 20:19
To Banish would be to lower ourselves to their standards. Then would start the Chain again.
Americans do not have the time to awaken, this is a year when we must do the awakening. Start Meetings in your neighborhoods. Review the Candidates of all the Voting this year. Let's start with the primaries and not show up GOP/ not go out to Vote for these false candidates. Or vote only for a local who you CAN Trust. Leave the other bs alone. If someone asks why, say that until the Candidates start talking truth, showing what they are going to do fore Everyone, you personally do not think they look better than OB. Good answer, and perhaps make poll keepers get those messages back to Party. Get the ears of your Party, ask them when the Real Candidates are coming out. You can change your Party if you do not like the other ones.

Wake Up call is here.

By the Way as anyone seen how other Candidates are doing? Are there Write Ins...seems this is another black out
+9 # readerz 2012-02-04 21:46
Every state has different election laws. I was surprised to find out that my state (Ohio) only allows write-ins that also collect petition signatures before a deadline, and a regular candidate that fails to meet its quota of petitions (registration can't be verified, people moved, etc.), can't be a write-in candidate! No longer can I write-in the seven dwarves for judge positions. Most people on RSN wouldn't be registered as Republicans, but any voter still should show up at the primary, because issues (school levies etc.) or other candidates might be on the ballot. Double check what's going to be on the ballot with your local Board of Elections. And vote early in the fall; be sure that the Repos will cook up monstrous schemes to keep people from voting!
+18 # readerz 2012-02-04 21:40
Folks, I love her too. Her name is Barbra, not Barbara.
+1 # 2012-02-06 22:42
It is important in making comments on this Post to distinguish "Barbra Streisand" from "Barbara-to-dis h" whose comments bear little relevance to Streisand's article.
+13 # readerz 2012-02-04 22:02
Sometimes I find the comedy channel more serious than PBS/NPR, because the public stations also bow to the big media and the Congressional budget office.
+9 # juliajayne 2012-02-05 13:59
Thank you, readerz for pointing out the correct speling of Ms. Streisand's name. It was sorta bugging me, ha! As for PBS, try Bill Moyer's new show. It's wonderful. You can find all of his shows on (always thoughtful and thought provoking commentary, as well as on Sunday morning/afterno on depending on where you live on a PBS station near you. "This American Life" is on the radio and can be downloaded. It's also a great show.
+96 # Vonney 2012-02-04 16:39
Beautiful article.I have always loved your music ever since I was in high school in the 60s. Now I love your politics as much. I have been saying for a long time the media elects the next president with their constant comments like "weak" or "unpopular", and quoting over and over again the lies of Gingrich, Boehner, Kantor, McConnell, Romney, Perry, Paul, Bachman and Santorum. They have spent an unfair and huge amount of time covering these republican primaries, and analyzing every untrue, stupid, racist, sexist, anti-gay, anti-immigrant remark every GOP candidate has made; and each time the media does this it plants a subliminal seed in Independents. The Koch Bros and other gazillionaires have spent millions on ads ripping Obama from limb to limb, and we will be slapped with these ads day and night on every available tv and radio channel, and by the time Election Day, 2012, gets here we will all be so sick of politics some (maybe most) will not show up to vote. The republicans and tea partiers have destroyed this country, the citizens' morale, the energy to continue working for justice and truth, and our will to fight back. Obama and his lovely family and we, his supporters, don't deserve the greed and hate of the republicans and tea partiers. When the ads start bombing us viewers and listeners, I am turning off the television,the radio, maybe my computer, planting a set of ear phones on my head and listening to Streisand CDs. I am too old and too tired to fight anymore.
+27 # tclose 2012-02-04 17:37
Well said, Vonney.
+30 # howard1912 2012-02-04 18:21
No, never too old to fight! That's what keeps us young. Having an interest in things. Voicing your opinions is the greatest thing to do. Just look what happens when some thing comes up that calls for action. We get on the internet, and if we agree, we sign petitions to show that we are following the politicians platform.
+12 # X Dane 2012-02-05 00:09
YEP howard, just see what happened when we all got "mad as hell" and voiced our anger at the Komen fiasco. That was certainly PEOPLE POWER, and it worked FAST. So, right on howard.
+13 # KittatinyHawk 2012-02-04 20:23
Never to old to fight, but now we can at our age do it in a way that is not running into walls.
We can set up meetings, get emails to friends family asking them to sign petitions,
We can spread awareness to facts. The Battles are our to decide which we will ensue, but the War is still raging.

Thank God for Animal Planet, Nat Geo, or Music.
+19 # readerz 2012-02-04 21:51
Some of us older progressives are sick or have family that is sick. Anybody else, please do the footwork for us! I walked all over my city in 2008. I'm not satisfied with some of Pres. Obama's actions, but he has far more integrity than any of the G.O.P., and they will certainly destroy any chance of retirement, and possibly make it impossible for my husband to get his medicine. I have never seen so much hatred, and I agree with Vonney that it is hard to take. I love the Occupy movement, but this fall I wish that people would Occupy American Streets; please talk to people this summer about the issues. Go to your town's parties and parades and talk. Help at local events and talk. Please do this for your poor dear elderly (and yourselves too, of course). I would say to join the volunteer phone banks, although many voters are sick of phone calls, but if you can reach as many people as possible in any other way, do so. Don't let the GOP have the conversation; personal advice is always more important than TV ads.
+43 # lauralarsen 2012-02-04 16:45
Bravo to you, Barbra, great article!
+59 # weary 2012-02-04 16:52
Go, Babra! Journalists have not only missed their chances to correct a candidate but they have also missed helping to educate the public with, yes, even perhaps Dick and Jane explanations of difficult economic concepts or of reminders of previous words of the candidate. The public needs to know how important we are in voicing our needs and preferences, and if we're not sure about where we stand, we need to be helped to understand the issues. The future is ours, and we have to be certain that we know what we're voting for. And never lose hope.
+4 # KittatinyHawk 2012-02-04 20:25
Sheeple are giving the rest of us a bad name.
Perhaps if everyone turns off their TV;s at news time, ratings go down, then perhaps we get this for a while. It is not like you cannot get news on here or paper. The Journalists may actually get the point...News runs on Ads, no viewers, no ratings, no money.
+71 # fredboy 2012-02-04 17:17
Dear Barbra:
As a former investigative journalist who left the profession as it was being gelded, here's how it happened:
1. They began replacing journalists with egotists.
2. They created "community journalism," turning news judgment over to selfish politicians, neighborhood cranks, and advertisers.
3. They became a tentacle of corporate America, giving up their independent watchdog role.
We're all on our own now. The "media" is simply that--it is no longer the Fourth Estate.
+17 # mhog jones 2012-02-04 18:17
Perhaps the ineffectiveness and absence of a 4th estate has beget a 5th column? No doubt by else can you justify indefinite military detention?
+20 # Reductio Ad Absurdum 2012-02-04 19:20
First, they got lazy and began re-reporting instead of reporting, creating a giant no-facts-checke d echo chamber the rightwing gleefully exploited.

Then, after the Rightwing Myth Machine began to chew up and spit out any challengers, they became COWARDS.
+1 # CL38 2012-02-05 17:50
The mainstream media has predominantly been bought and taken over by the far right who rigidly control the 'message.

See the film, Thrive: What on Earth Will It Take? It lifts the veil on what's REALLY going on in our world by following the money upstream -- uncovering the global consolidation of power in nearly every aspect of our lives.
+44 # CreepingSocialist 2012-02-04 17:29
The new Repuglican standards: There are no standards!
+44 # tjg 2012-02-04 17:30
I think it's a real shame that journalists have fallen for the tactics the repubs have used to intimidate the press. They scream "LIBERAL PRESS" over and over (though there's no such thing, if anything the vast majority appear to be pro conservative), then these so called "journalists" accommodate these wingnuts by leaning over backwards to avoid any confrontation that might shine light on the truth. Whether by choice or intimidation they are not doing their job and are contributing to the destruction of this country.

Great article Barbra. Thank you.
+47 # lcarrier 2012-02-04 17:43
Kudos to Barbra Streisand for pointing out what should be obvious to voters, which is that the GOP has resorted to lies, falsehoods, inneuendos, and downright sleazy politicking. The MSM should hang their collective heads in shame for pandering to the grossest part of the electorate, just in pursuit of ratings. Where is there a journaiist with the gravitas of Cronkite, Moyers, and Murrow? All we have is Nixon-girl Diane Sawyer, who is now angling to get us to bomb Iran. Please, ABC, replace her with a better role model.
+24 # James Marcus 2012-02-04 17:45
Hey! The 'Mainstream Media' was BOUGHT, fair and square, jus' like enough of them Folk in Congress.
They are All 'Heeling', to their 'owners' (contributors?) tune; and have no dedication, or obligation, to impartiality in presenting 'Mainstream News' (the way they 'See' it.)(Wink)
Please Don't tell me this is some surprise.....
'Mis-information', genuine misunderstandin g based upon variable word definition, contextual languaging, translation between languages, inference, etc., together with 'Dis-informatio n', which is rather much more Deliberate 'Editing', conscious skewing of actuality (Propaganda, if you will), together, fairly rigorously block our reception of 'Truth', the actuality of what has occurred. Not good! But, Good-to-Know.
+41 # Mouna 2012-02-04 17:46
THANK YOU, BARBARA STREISAND, for adding your magnificent voice where it can count the most. Being reminded of the positive issues that were put forth under President Clinton, and
contrasting that with the grandstanding negativity of Gingrich
telling bald-face lies as though "his" constituents KNOW that "how Gingrich sees it is the way that it is", puts us back in memory to times that were not so "fraught with rue." We've been a long time hearing the Republican spin--years now--
and it does take its toll. To be reminded of the facts by you
is reassuring, to say the least. Thank you!
+53 # Elroys 2012-02-04 17:47
The "art" of lying has been taken to new heights by the far right (Karl Rove, GW Bush) and embraced by Romney, Gingrich and other 2 remaining stooges.

Where's the courage in the 4th sector? When are those running for President going to held accountable for their foaming-at-the- mouth lies?
It's not only the responsibility of the media, we citizens have a responsibility to seek the truth, seek the facts, and act accordingly. Otherwise, we're left with millions of ignorant (self-imposed) people voting for liars and thieves who know they are appealing to the lowest in people.
Is the media so fearful of the organizing influence of the far right that they are afraid they'll lose advertising dollars? Do those with a brain and who read need to stoop to economic terrorism to make a point?

Thanks for your voice, Barbara - perhaps more of us will use our vocal chords to save our nation from these liars and swine. Romney - this guy is a joke. Imagine our nation run buy a guy who believes that they way to make a buck (or $300 million) is to fire everyone so he makes all the money, screw everyone else. Are these the values we want in a President? Do we want a guy who leaves his wife while she's in the cancer ward (Gingrich) and who lies through his teeth about his role in the Clinton economy? What a pair of disasters. OK media - time to demand - and I mean DEMAND - the truth. Otherwise, call these guys for what they are.
+49 # juliajayne 2012-02-04 17:55
It's so nice to see that a person of Barbra's stature is willing to speak truth to power. She has many times before and continues doing so, despite being demonized in some quarters for her opinions.

However, in MY opinion, this is not an opinion piece. It's just a plain and painful fact that the MSM (or more accurately the CORPORATE media) is NOT doing it's job presently, nor has it been for far too many years. They serve only the interests of the corporations and the agenda of the moneyed "elite", like the Koch brothers and Richard Scaife.

Thank you for lending your voice (in many ways) to the betterment of our culture AND country. You're a classsy, talented and beautiful lady with a lovely soul and heart. In short, an inspiration!
+24 # juliajayne 2012-02-04 18:04
I'd also like to add a thank you to RSN for helping to alleviate the situation we now find ourselves in by aggregating important news stories from some of the better sources AND doing independent journalism as well.
-24 # Kasandra 2012-02-04 18:00
Ms. Streisand is certainly one of the best vocalists of our time. I appreciate that she has expanded her outreach to include lending her "voice" in the political arena. We need well-known spokespeople, as they seem to demand more attention that most of us. However, this is where my polite admiration ends. First of all, I also read between the lines that Ms. Streisand is a Democrat. When one is critiquing the political status quo, I believe one has more power when they remain neutral. The biggest political problem is that some incapable, manipulative and dishonest politicians get to run for office simply because they have manifested a strong financial base. Perhaps it is this one factor that allows people like Gingrich, and even Romney to put heir hat in the ring, when they're intrinsically not capable to participate with the now more intelligent, self aware audiences. Their campaign writers think up glamorous slogans that will "bite" the people's desires and emotions,--Just like the movies--and I think this is what Barbara Streisand was alluding to. The Bottom line is that we, the people, need to "wake up and take action," else we'll inherit the same "entraining types" to run our Country.
+18 # angelfish 2012-02-04 22:48
In a word, BULL-PUCKEY! "Neutral"? WHY neutral? The MEDIA that has jumped ship as Ms. Streisand so aptly states, and has lost all credibility! How many "Powerful" people do you know who remain "neutral"? ANY sensible opinion or Political Commentary, MUST be given by Journalists. Lawrence O'Donnell, Rachel Maddow, Keith Olbermann, Ed Schultz, Michael Moore, are a few who CORRECT themselves and set the record straight if ever in error. Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather, Bill Moyers, ALL Well Respected Journalists. So many others are merely "News Readers" or paid "Hacks" who promote their Company"s (Networks) "Line". You ARE right about Ronald Reagan. He was a boob who did what he was told and only "Played" the part of President. He was the Beginning of the End for this Country, if Truth be told! So yes, All Citizens DO need to "wake up" and be aware of WHO they are REALLY choosing to lead this Country in the next Election. Barbra Sreisand is a Citizen with EVERY Right to spend an opinion, Political or Otherwise! We ALL need to LOOK at the Candidates, Look at their History, Listen to what they SAY and how they behave, Learn what it is they believe in and STAND for! BUT, Money MUST be removed from the Campaigning and Election Process if this Country is to return to the World Stage unsullied. Right now, it looks like our Presidency goes to the Highest Bidder! Our Presidency is NOT for sale! Remember and vote accordingly on Election Day! The People, UNITED, will NEVER be defeated!
+19 # X Dane 2012-02-05 00:26
Kasandra, Barbra S simply wants the media to tell the truth, and call out politicians who do NOT. She has a right to do so, and it doesn't matter that she is a democrat. An entertainer is a citizen, and has the same rights as you do. No more no less.
+3 # 2012-02-05 18:11
Good Comment! X Dane
+36 # jamesnimmo 2012-02-04 18:06
Robert Scheer, Chris Hedges, Bill Moyers, and Keith Olbermann still do good jobs of dissecting the roadkill the MSM calls "truth".
+25 # steffiebel 2012-02-04 18:08
Thank you for this. It is all truth that must be heard. My fear is that not even you can be heard by the media who have let us down in every way. MSNBC helps slightly but not enough. When there is no truth there can be no democracy.
+22 # cordleycoit 2012-02-04 18:09
The press is made up of moral midgets. Unable to phrase a tough question they humble themselves in front of the politically inept, Rethug, clowns; running for higher office. They manage to miss easy targets like the Newtster and the Large Gray Alien Romney. Most of the accredited press couldn't find the Restroom much less the truth.
+25 # JayMagoo 2012-02-04 18:12
Well said, Barbra. You are correct on every point you covered. You said what needed to be said, and I'd like to hear more voices of people with your stature in support of your point of view.
+20 # mhog jones 2012-02-04 18:13
thanks to Streisand (not the rambling poster who shares the first name Barbara)!
To Gingrich I reiterate:
"Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel." Samuel Johnson April 7, 1775
but to the G.O.P (Good-at-Oppres sion), if I may I embellish: "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel, and evidently morons as well!"
+21 # Granddad87 2012-02-04 18:16
No criticism of American politics possible here because Canadian politics is just as bad.
However, regarding journalism and the media, no-one has commented on the fact that reporters need to keep their jobs and when the boss is owned by rabid ideologues you wont get much independent investigation
+28 # stonecutter 2012-02-04 18:20
What Ms. Streisand is affirming is the tragic irony of mainstream media's descent into trite, banal infotainment hell, just as hand-held consumer technology expands around the world by an order of magnitude not seen since the railroad replaced the wagon.

Cronkite and Murrow moved from reporting war inside combat zones to anchoring broadcast news when there was still a palpable "Chinese Wall' between it and "Queen for a Day", a '50's equivalent of "Dancing with the Stars". Bob Woodruff was in fact beginning as the new ABC nightly news co-anchor when he was wounded in Iraq while reporting on the war. If Kimberly Dozier, Richard Engel, Lara Logan or their counterparts at other networks were offered these anchor jobs, they'd presumably bring their sobering field experience and demeanor to the table the way Cronkite and Murrow did 60 years ago. But audiences no longer crave that experience.

Instead, we get Couric or Blitzer or King. They speak for themselves. The exceptions, like Cooper or Williams or Pelley, are still hamstrung by a format only a notch above "The Price is Right" in tone, optics or substance. The 21st century network viewer is hopelessly lost to illuminating news, the current product delivered in bytes with video game timing, graphics and noise. Except @ FOX, where the fastest growing audience by far is fed raw propaganda 24/7 like peanuts to caged elephants.

We're done; put a fork in us.
+29 # enmig 2012-02-04 18:25
Ed Murrow was the very best of journalism. There may never be another of his stature.
FoxNews, with buffoons like O'Reilly and Hannity, has a license to broadcast in the U.S. An application for a broadcast license in Canada was denied, as FoxNews content was considered to contain inadequate standards of journalism.
+25 # neddycat 2012-02-04 18:50
The only thing I agree with Sarah Palin on is the that media is LAME. I remember Huntley/ Brinkley and Walter Cronkite - they told us the news straight whether we liked it or not. Cable ruined it because then the networks had to compete for ratings, and it appears that reporters were replaced by spokesmodels - hired to look good. But I recently read that campaign season is to the networks as Christmas is to retailers - so I can well imagine that they are loath to ask hard questions of those who are paying them big bucks for advertising. It's a sad state of affairs, and like one of the commentors above, I am grateful for NPR, PBS, Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert. And thank you, Barbra, for a well-reasoned article.
+8 # uglysexy 2012-02-04 19:13
Juan Williams used to hang out at my parents house when he was at Haverford. I always assumed he was ultra liberal...and had inferred he was from Bedford Stuyvessant. But someone close to me now tells me he was a stuck up rich kid and very conservative and condescending even then....who knew?
-9 # Rahn 2012-02-04 19:26
This is a good point, Ms. Streisand and I'm glad you brought it up. These are not journalists who work in MSM they are facilitators who are heavily needed to perpetuate the dying lies of "neocons". Real journalists use the net and are why Republican debates are so laughable to most who showed up to seat Obama. Do not underestimate their power. The Occupy movement is a great example of it's scope. The "tactics" you mention are like paper spit-balls to this rising voting-block whose unswerving momentum can endure pepper-spray, beating and arrest. Those who do believe such lies are an ever dwindling number thanks to non-MSM whistleblowing. Mr. Paul is the only one brave enough to say the truth, that it's the Federal Reserve and it's tentacles that have destroyed honesty in America, and it must be eradicated for us to gain our equilibrium again. Check how many of the real journalists are in full agreement with such a proposal.
+5 # mhog jones 2012-02-04 19:27
no offense, but I cannot donate until can't hurry love, you'll just have to wait!
+18 # bluescat48 2012-02-04 20:27
politicians feed on the point that most voters don't remember what happened in the past or are hazy about the events. It is easy to manipulate events and tell total lies and the voters will accept them. Thus Gingrich's total lies about the 1993 deficit reduction act. How many people remember it.
+10 # Regina 2012-02-05 00:57
Gingrich has a PhD in history -- his fabrications are therefore more outrageous than those of the ordinary sloganeering echo chambers.
+7 # bugbuster 2012-02-04 20:48
Good points, Ms. Streisand. Sadly, I think that a lot of the journalists are doing the best they can.

Case in point: The hardest part of my Economics 101 class was staying awake. The material was simple and straightforward , and the tests were all multiple choice where one of the answers was copy/pasted out of the user friendly book. More than once I overheard journalism majors whining about how difficult the course was.

I really do believe that most of them don't know any better. To me, that's even scarier than thinking they are deliberately trying to keep me in the dark.
+23 # Peace Anonymous 2012-02-04 20:50
Thank you Ms. Streisand. I agree totally. After years of working internationally I view the mainstream media in America to be nothing more than a propaganda machine. Are the days of journalism, as exemplified by men like Murrow, who often seemed more interested in the truth than the opinions of his employers, gone forever? Whatever happened to integrity?
+19 # m... 2012-02-04 21:06
Scene: Indoors. A brightly lit hall.
The 30 year long Neo Corporate CONservative FLIM FLAM begins to disassemble the greatest, most envied Government System in world History at the behest of GLOBAL Corporate Interests. All in the name of God, Freedom, Liberty and PROSPERITY FOR ALL..!
Relentless Deregulation and De-Taxation Schemes on behalf of Global Corporate Interests occur year after year-- in the name of 'Less Government'
Global Corporate Wealth,Power, Size and Influence snowballs as their WANT and GREED is unshackled.
Government is bought and paid for.
The snowballing accelerates.
Thanks to deliberate, rampant deregulation of Media Ownership Rules and the end of the Fairness Doctrine in Media, almost all Media Enterprises are bought up, controlled and exploited by just a very few Global Conglomerates.
The snowballing of Corporate power and influence becomes exponential.
Corporate Dominion over everything grows, expand and is now Global-- almost to 'Brave New Orwellian World' size.
In this TERRIBLE OUTCOME, which is now Reality, way too much of The 4th Estate has been bought and paid for. It has largely become The 4th Estate Inc. and rebuilt to serve the power grabbing interests of a few and fulfill the ''LEGAL MANDATE'' to increase shareholder wealth-- GLOBAL SHAREHOLDER WEALTH.
+18 # readerz 2012-02-04 22:12
I think it is very funny that the same folks that think that U.N. forces will descend from black helicopters to kidnap them into a global government are the folks who actually are the leaders of global corporations that use slave labor from overseas. Example, Koch brothers' father was founder of the John Birch Society; hated communism while trading with the Soviets. People who "don't believe" in global warming now use summer shipping routes along the open sea routes above Russia; the owners of the shipping companies are all right-wingnuts. (And they add more pollution and destruction to the northern oceans). Poor Greece is going under financially, but the billionaire Greek shippers don't pay taxes, because they register in Liberia and pay nobody anything, while very often living in Greece (another example of why "trickle-down" economics doesn't work). Most journalists do not know enough about global events to challenge politicians, or if they do know, they won't ask because the right-wing is the advertiser.

Most TV and radio is owned by a few companies, all right-wing. These right-wingers buy political ads. They can't lose, because the revenue returns to them, and they make a profit off of Democrats buying rebuttal ads. They win either way. The rich also do not know how to govern so many people; they want our money, but not us.
+6 # angelfish 2012-02-04 22:50
WELL Said, m..., Well said, indeed!
-19 # Emil Sinclair 2012-02-04 21:24
To think I used to very much appreciate Barbra's political insights! No more! She obviously, as especially pointed out by this very article, lives in a fantasy world where Democrats are almost always right, where nearly 30 TRILLION DOLLARS of bailouts to corporate-fasci st CRIMINALS WHO CAUSED THE ECONOMIC CRISIS IN THE FIRST PLACE are supposedly "vastly improving the economy and bringing it back from the edge of the abyss" even though those same criminals are in charge, including as totalitarian socialist "czars" in ObamaCON's administration, where ignoring that ObamaCON is eviscerating and doing away with the Constitution and Bill of Rights and their immutable and inalienable human rights and civil liberties, and that he is more and more turning the U.S. into a totalitarian corporate-fasci st militarized police state with draconian, Orwellian, unconstitutiona l "laws" like the latest NDAA (for fiscal year 2012) is supposedly "sanity", and ignoring that William "Jefferson" Clinton oversaw the deregulation of corporate-fasci sm and ushered in some of the first Orwellian, draconian "anti-'terroris m'", unconstitutiona l "law(s)" is supposedly anything but madness, etc.

-12 # Emil Sinclair 2012-02-04 22:32
...What does this all prove? Even people like Barbra Streisand are going totally insane and defending the most indefensible people and policies. And that they've been breathing far too much of the heavily chemtrail-laden air, eating far too much of the already heavily GMO-, carcinogenic- and brainwashing/du mbing-down- laden foods, and drinking far too much of the "Kool-Aid"-, passivity/apath y/brainwashing- inducing water, etc., to be able to sanely tell the difference between real truth and sane, rational thinking, and their opposites, anymore.

Very sadly, it's extremely true, this country and world are going completely insane as never before!
+7 # Willman 2012-02-04 21:31
The way I see it is the fact that the MSM absolutely relies on advertising revenue for their very existence.
They would rather play it safe and not ruffle too many feathers with any candidate due to future ad revenue.

Now with CU the ad revenue bonanza will be the highest ever. Every network is angling for the money. They will enjoy a very profitable year.
+15 # Majikman 2012-02-04 22:40
My next door neighbor is a gifted teacher with 2 teenage kids in honors programs. Her husband is a cop and volunteers his time for high school sports coaching etc. Couldn't ask for better neighbors.
I once asked her opinion on a political issue and she just shook her head and said she was ashamed to admit she didn't know what to think as there was so much conflicting info and she didn't have the time to ferret out the truth.
If she did have the time, as I do, she'd be stunned to know how bad things really are.
I think she and her husband are the norm, not the exception.
+10 # BeaDeeBunker 2012-02-04 23:58
This was a great article and the comments so far have been pretty good. I guess it's a generational thing that the memory fades a bit if you weren't there to actually live through the experience and register the truth in some special place in ones brain. I'm referring to 1993, and the way Newt and his cohorts were more concerned with blocking Clinton than representing the 'people'(sort of like the do-nothing republicans of today). Not one republican voted for the Clinton Bill, not one! And Newt led the charge, backward. I thank Barbra for having the stomach to watch those debates. I made a conscious decision to NOT watch them, therefore I missed Gingrich's remaking of history. But, I made my decision because I knew that they were all full of it and themselves, and I didn't want to throw my shoe at the TV, or raise my blood pressure to lift off status, or bust a much needed gut.
What Newt did is so typical of the right wing, and people fall for it, because, simply they do not know any better. The current American electorate is like a computer when it comes to data sorting, and like a computer the acronym G.I.G.O. holds sway...Garbage in, Garbage out! Besides, I was content to let the debaters destroy themselves and spend all that money. You must realize that even a disaster, ironically adds to the GNP.
Lastly, as to Barbra; who would have thunk it, and she can sing too. What a country!
+4 # R U Kidding Me? 2012-02-05 05:31
You show me a Walter Cronkite or Edward R. Morrow in todays fourth estate and I will do a double back flip summersault. Due to corporate ownership of media, probing questions are no longer allowed; only an initial question followed by rhetoric and a follow up left out in the netherworld.
And as for the stream of unconsciousness quoted below here from another reader's post: You LOL at your own stupidity and no one else is LOL'ing with you: Brilliant juxtaposition of actors and politicians; lastly, you spell poorly. Ms. S, Always been aware of your intelligence and thank you for once again reminding us of it. Tell your friends to speak up, the silence is deafening.
Maybe when and if celebrities stopped embellishing, evading and sidestepping the truth, politicians might follow their lead? Perhaps we all need to see VALUE in communicating our "dark sides". One way to do this would be for all of us to FIND our lost senses of humor, instead of taking ourselves so seriously. There may be an eternity to take our (dead) selves seriously, because the very worst of life's terror may just may only be RELATIVE (both blood relative, and other lol) PRACTICE for what may be ABSOLUTE terror when we die! But then again, as Socrates said about death, etc. when we know that we do not know, death may be ABSOLUTE comedy, where we can finally laugh at our darkest sides, or mabe laugh AND cry simultaneously. Now that's muti-tasking! lol
+7 # RJB 2012-02-05 08:30
For starters, the mainstream media has been compromised by consolidation. It is OWNED by six multinationals who have no interest in truth nor is their hand being held to the fire by any entity that values truth. Add this to the fact that the candidate with the most money wins 90% of the time, and you have corporatocracy on steroids in the light of the Citizens United ruling. As Paul Street says, hold your nose and vote Democrat or vote your hopes instead of your fears or blow the entire election off. There's rationale for each of the three. Take the two minutes it takes to vote, and then do something real: OCCUPY!
+7 # George Baggett 2012-02-05 09:41
A quick review of the comments reveals the point Ms Streisand makes. Half-truths and fiction is taken as truth, and the longer it goes unchallenged, the more it integrates into the lexicon. Bill Maher has made an excellent point in noting the fictional parameters used to describe Obama, with lies becoming the routine method of describing the opponent of the Republicans. The so-called Forth Estate has its hands full dealing with this nonsense, and when not challenged because it seems too foolish to be accepted as truth, it somehow passes the test of the right-wing Walmart shopper and will be discussed during the Superbowl.
+8 # Hank 2012-02-05 11:23
Have you noticed that none of the GOP candidates spoke out about the Komen Foundation's actions against Planned Parenthood?
+4 # fromAK 2012-02-05 12:28
Juan Williams pandering of right wing ideologues has become his trademark.
-6 # itasara 2012-02-05 16:47
The older I get the more moderate i have become. I don't like what either party stands for anymore. How much Obama has done to help our country has yet to be seen in my opinion. I did not and will not vote for Obama... too many red flags for me. The first one was that he listened to Rev. Write for 20 years spew his anti-isms and he only quit when running for office and was criticized for this. He probably has made some progress in the last three yeas, but some is quite controversial and some is questionable to me. I'll give him this, he give very engaging speeches and he seems like a really nice person. I'm not sure that our country is yet en route to recovery. It bothers me that he had no problem visiting Egypt but has yet to visit Israel. He makes statements about what Israel ought to do, but I don't think he knows what Israel is really like and he needs to go there, and since he has not, it sends out a negative message to me and to Israel and some of us American voters. It will be difficult for anyone to be President of the US with all it's problems, but I just don't feel is is a great leader. Unfortunately I don't see any great qualities in the contenders either, but since the change I would have liked to see hasn't come about yet, I'm willing to give someone else a chance.
+7 # CL38 2012-02-05 17:28
Good piece. One point that Barbara didn't discuss -- that's critical -- is that the media is now predominantly owned by the right and they exercise rigid control over the 'message.

Until this shifts, I don't think we'll see much change in the mainstream coverage.

The alternative press, that's sprung up to fill the gap, does report the truth.
+4 # cherylpetro 2012-02-05 19:24
Barbra is so right! People are too busy to find out the truth and the lies of what the candidates say. Some are naive and think their candidate is telling the truth, or at least a reasonable facsimile of the truth. But sadly, deception seems to be the norm in the fight to become a governmental representative! How is a voter supposed to feel when they find out their candidate has been lying to them? Do they brush it off, or become jaded and feel that politicians cannot be trusted? I know politicians want to get elected, but is it too much to ask for some truth in advertising when we are trying to find the people who are responsible for the quality of our lives? These people will have a say so over the amount of pollution that can be released into the environment, the safety of our food, the safety of our children, of our world. We don't want to place our lives into the hands of liars; it could kill us.
+5 # cynnibunny 2012-02-05 19:43
Thank you Barbara, for your morals over the years, and for bringing "Prince of Tides" to the screen.

Unfortunately, we Liberals will be blue in the face by expecting the liars to take back their lies. They are in fact, using the modern media very successfully. They are making assertions that his us so deeply, and excite the media sensationalists so effectively, that all real conversation, all rational thought becomes derailed. It is effective, it is real, and it is not going away.

It is time for Liberals to wake up to this fact, and wake up to the new media realities. It is time for Liberals to craft a convincing and emotional counter-frame to these lies. It is time for us to set the frame, not react to their frames.

Sure, we can keep doing the nicey nice dance: gee wouldn't our world be nice if we told the truth. But also, we've got to appreciate our enemy. Rove, Luntz, Beck - they are the Goebbels of our times. Let's fight fire with fire!
-18 # Robt Eagle 2012-02-05 22:28
just got back from instructing skiing all weekend and read this Steisand crap. Barbara, please stay in oblivion, it suits you must better than writing such crap. Thank you for being gone for so long, please continue to do so. Amen!
+6 # 2012-02-06 05:36
Robert: What is your problem?
-1 # 2012-02-07 20:50
Thank you Barbra,
The truth is so refreshing. I recall when the news media was intent upon exposing Newt's unfortunate disposition as a liar.
Thank you for taking on the job! WE NEED MORE LEADERS LIKE YOU!
Denise in Portland
+2 # stonecutter 2012-02-07 23:05
Take a good look at Newt, overfed, fatuous Newt, and his bird-like Stepford Wife standing at his side, her bionic blonde hairdo glistening under the lights, her frozen smile and little waving arm at the ready, stump after stump, and ask yourself: Even with an electorate sharing the average IQ of an over-tired 5th grader, is there any chance in Hell this guy could be elected POTUS?! The answer is NO. Not a prayer. So don't worry about Newt.

It's Willard the Android we have to worry about. He "looks" like the Perfect Comic Book President. Lovely Wife. Gleaming Kids. Perfect animatronic movements; don't you just love his tight little walk across a stage, his whole body visibly, rigidly ERECT, like a living statue. Hopefully, the full force of his hobbled, nerdy personality will cause him to self-destruct. But don't forget, Ronnie had Alzheimer's, and look where it got him!

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