Day: October 8, 2009

The Obama Administration And Fox “News” Channel

It is very pleasing to see the Obama Administration going on the offensive against Fox “News” Channel, which is declared by spokesmen for the President as the Fox “Opinion” Channel.

This is an absolutely correct description of the nature of that channel, which makes no effort to be fair or balanced, although they claim to be just that.

Fox has worked to promote the failure of the Obama Presidency, almost as if they are in league with Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly and other so called journalists on their channel, plus the radio tirades of Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, and others who are out just to enrich themselves, and do not care about journalistic standards.

It is sad that this kind of disgraceful behavior masquerades as news, but I call upon the President and his supporters to continue to work to undermine any respect that this channel has.

Even if Fox gets a sizable audience at times, it is a bad reflection on those who swear by the channel, as it shows a lack of judgment and fairness. Hate and division are not the answer to our problems, but rather CONSTRUCTIVE criticism which is certainly welcome, but which we will obviously never find on Fox!

Time for Charles Rangel To Resign From Chairmanship Of House Ways And Means Committee

Congressman Charlie Rangel of Harlem has had nearly 40 years of service in the House of Representatives, but is now facing an ethics investigation due to tax problems that he should have been able to avoid.

Being the Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, which deals with all tax legislation, makes things particularly awkward, and it is hurting the image of the Democrats and seems likely to contribute to the danger of the loss of many seats by the Democrats in the 2010 midterm elections for the House.

The Black Caucus is backing Rangel all the way, but frankly, this is not a good move by that caucus, because it leaves the impression that they are only in support of him because of his skin color. This is bad policy making, and no one, black or white or otherwise, should get a “free ride” simply because of that.

For the good of the party, Rangel should voluntarily step down as Chair of the Ways and Means Committee, and should he be cleared eventually of any charges by the Ethics Committee, he could be allowed to regain the chairmanship at a later date.

So, Charlie, for the good of the Democratic party and its future, you need to resign now from a leadership role on your committee!