Now let me start that I'm not naive that only certain journalists, politicians, or public figures spout misleading statements, flat out lies etc. Anything to help their "cause". The blame can often be spread to many people. regardless of political affiliation. But man, some R's really hit the mark this week!
I find some of the statements this week by Jack Welch (ex CEO of GE), Sean Hannity, and Alan West uitterly disgraceful. It's not the first time for Sean Hannity and character, Alan West.
The scary thing is that many people hear these things, some might assume its correct. Well its on the news. He's a respected business person. They read a caption online etc.
Here's a little nugget from Sean Hannity from Fox News on 10/5:
"In a move that is simply beneath the dignity of the oval office, it appears that the Obama Admin altered for political gain the monthly job report now less than 36 hours after the President was crushed at the Denver debate, the Labor Dept announced that the unemployment rate magically to 7.8%....." the biggest drop in......."
Now IF this was correct, and the Obama Admin fixed the #'s. This would be all over the news 24/7. Do you hear ANY facts behind it, nope, just some say what a "coincidence" so near the election. Hannity just mentions it to rile up his viewers, get some traction and PR/ratings.
Clever how Hannity said it "appears" that the Obama Admin.....
I don't know the details behind how these numbers are determined. And, it seems for whatever reason that the figures are often later corrected. If these are later corrected, that doesn't mean it was rigged. But you know some will be praying for that chance to tell that story.
Its this kind of crap that is just soooo wrong. How can people say, on the news no less, anything they want? Hannity just puts these nuggets in someone's mind. Then they hear pitiful, attention hound, Donald Trump say "they did a lot of monkey business". Then I see captions on MSNBC, "Trump agrees, figures rigged".
People can make decisions on how they view the country, the gov't, public figures, and in this case, vote in an election, based on statements they hear.
How some ex CEO can write a tweet that Obama's Chicago staff rigged the unemployment numbers. He was interviewed by many people and stuck by his statement. He did say he had no evidence. At the end of the day he said, he probably shoud have made it a question. I guess he was ticked about the negative stories (I think it was Fortune Mag) wrote about his tweet, that it had no facts behind it, that it was irresponsible, that he quit working for them. He used to write pieces for them.
Oh, and if you think that I'm only ragging on Fox and R's, earlier this week I sent a scathing email to Lawrence O'Donnell (CNBC) on a segment on his show, he had a childish segment on Ryan/Romney, his info was incorrect, and he gave a lame apology.
Everyone should be disgusted by people just spouting anything they want, mislead, lie etc., and shameful that this is supported, endorsed, accepted. People need to be accountable. And, show some respect to the Pres, regardless of party. How Hannity can actually report those lies without any support behind it. The irony that Hannity starts by saying "in a move that is simply beneath the dignity of the oval office....".
I think I should just tune out all news/media, makes my blood boil.