This opinion piece was written by Obama voter Danny Schechter, an editor and film maker who appears to have a bad case of (OVRS) Obama Voter Remorse Syndrome. It is compelling because it helps we non-afflicted Americans understand why the hope and change fools voted for Obama in the first place: They were stupid.
by Danny Schechter
Journalists are not supposed to have political opinions, and yet we all do. Our “biases” are usually disguised, not blatant or overtly partisan, and can be divined in what stories we cover and how we cover them.
Even “just the facts, ma’am” journos for big media have to decide which facts to include and which to ignore.
Our outlooks are always shaped by our worldviews, values and experience, not too mention the outlets we work for.
Which brings me to the challenge of seeking truth and recognising it when you see it.
I have to admit that I was seduced by the idea of Barack Obama.
Here’s a guy who seemed really smart, not just because he went to Harvard but because professors there I liked were impressed with him. (I taught at Harvard, and know very well how many not-so-smart many students there are!)
In the end, it doesn’t mean much, but in that period he lived about a block away from the house I once shared on Dartmouth Street in Somerville. Is that a degree of separation?
He had been a community organiser, starting in politics at the grass roots in Chicago. I also worked at Saul Alinsky-style organising and even knew the master organiser personally.
Is that another degree?
I didn’t know how close he later gravitated to the Chicago political machine or tried, but failed, to knock off the former Black Panther-turned-Chicago congressman, Bobby Rush, in a primary.
He’s invoked the spirit of the civil rights movement but was not part of it. He treated Dr Martin Luther King as a monument before the new memorial, embracing him as a symbol of the past, not as a guide to the future.
He took an anti-war stance on pragmatic grounds only, preferring Afghanistan to Iraq. He hasn’t extricated us from either battlefield.
His strategy borrowed heavily from the Bush Doctrine. What’s the difference, really, as US troops now intervene worldwide?
There was a lot I didn’t know. I didn’t know the backgrounds of those that groomed him and funded him. His relationship with the DLC was murky as were the details on the services he performed for a shadowy firm, Business International, said to have CIA links.
There were those who warned, but I guess I didn’t want to listen.
read the rest at English.Aljazeera.net