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Burris: ‘We Don’t Need This Distraction’

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Posted on Jan 6, 2009
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Roland Burris tells MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow he’d rather not have a media circus swirling around his controversial appointment. But that’s what is shaping up as he moves to claim a seat in the U.S. Senate.

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By samosamo, January 7, 2009 at 7:55 pm Link to this comment

By cyrena, January 7 at 5:07 pm

Right, the media sucks big time and it is even sadder or more infuriatiing to have to question the media in the role they should play in our democracy. But since this is a cash world and the media is so helpful for those who have the money, it seems discouragingly distant to a return of a media that will question those in power about their ideas, motives and actions. I can hope that obama will have a priority of breaking the monopoly of the few media owners when he officially takes office but this is one point that will be very hard to overcome.

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By cyrena, January 7, 2009 at 6:07 pm Link to this comment

re:samosamo
•  “I have to disagree with you here for this one point, burris is calling for the end of a media circus which for me is far too easy to end the media’s coverage that burris doesn’t want, for whatever reasons. I am not familiar with his record so if he is hounded by the media on unfounded reasons then he should find a way to fight back or the media needs to come up with verifiable evidence of why he should not be appointed.”

Samo,

It ‘sounds’ like your disagreement is based on your understandable disgust with the “The Media.” Believe me, I have the same. Apparently so does Burris, and we already know how No Drama Obama got his name. “The Media” of the era are actually the Ministry of Propaganda for the neocons and their world allies. So no, not ONLY will “The Media” fail to tell us what we need to know, but they will (just as long as you live and breathe) tell you what they WANT you to believe, regardless of the level of fact or truth such information may or might not include.

Making the population hyper-paranoid is part of the overall plan as well. It’s what all Authoritarian regimes do to terrorize a population. People start turning on each other, and that’s the way to keep everything in chaos. The Ministry of Propaganda AKA “The Media” provide for this most important tool.
And, it works on most folks, as you’ve indicated here in your lack of familiarity with Burris’ record. It’s actually easily available to most of us now, at least the public record is…which is what we need to know.  Of course that involves some research, but we KNOW that “The Media” isn’t going to do it for us. I would do it myself, except that I don’t have any issues with Burris as the Jr. Senator from Illinois to fill the seat vacated by Barack Obama for the next two years. And, there’s too much other stuff to use the energy on.

And no, he shouldn’t have to ‘fight back’ against unsubstantiated allegations, the same way nobody else should have to, including you or I. The problem is that we’ve been so terrorized for so long, that we’ve lost all recognition of, or resemblance to a civilized society dictated by the rule of law. Corruption in the government has been so pervasive that we just assume all public service officials are. And we long ago stopped caring about whether or not they actually knew how to get their jobs done, because it’s been far more important to know who they were screwing or trying to screw.
So I said all of that to say that this is as good a time as any to get in the habit of investigating ANYTHING you wanna know, on your own, and compare that to what you get from ‘The Media’. I’m like Burris, and so I wouldn’t want “The Media Circus” buzzing around me either, unless they were there to HELP. They aren’t. They’re there to DISTRACT; from the stuff that we really should be paying attention to. Specifically, how well a person is qualified for whatever the job requires.

We HAVE to stay in the habit of questioning and/or verifying anything that comes from “The Media”.

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By Margaret Currey, January 7, 2009 at 2:29 pm Link to this comment
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Why not seat the man he was not seeking the office and was appointed, after all he will not be seated for a full term it is only for two years and then he must run for office.

Who else should be appointed for the office?

People must remember that the Governor has not been Impeached because that was reected by his state.

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By samosamo, January 6, 2009 at 12:44 pm Link to this comment

By cyrena, January 6 at 2:54 am

I have to disagree with you here for this one point, burris is calling for the end of a media circus which for me is far too easy to end the media’s coverage that burris doesn’t want, for whatever reasons. I am not familiar with his record so if he is hounded by the media on unfounded reasons then he should find a way to fight back or the media needs to come up with verifiable evidence of why he should not be appointed. But, and I find it ironic that the media would be busting ass to cover this when they have done so poorly in political news coverage if they even did any real political news coverage, the media is doing what is should do for the american people, and again, for what purpose with burris I am not sure, unless the ‘conservative’ media would want a republican neocon appointed. And appointments, I really feel that if appointments are to be used there should be strict regulation on the whys and hows of it, but my real thoughts, there should only be special elections to fill a vacated seat in mid term in the house or senate and this and new york’s replacements are reason’s why.

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By cyrena, January 6, 2009 at 3:54 am Link to this comment

I’m with the Jr. Senator from Illinois: Can we drop the drama?

How much more cruel can the paradox be? This guy is probably “the” best selection for the job, and that very basic priority is totally disregarded based on the fact that his appointment (totally legal and by the book) was done by a recently revealed political neurotic. (which isn’t the least be unusual these days - there have been DOZENS of them on the repug side - Tom Delay comes to mind).

Amazing. But then, not really.

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