Mitt Romney Does Not Want Positive Economic News To Be Made Known

Talking down the economy is such slimy Republican tactic.

“Romney’s presidential campaign asked Florida Governor Rick Scott to tone down his statements heralding improvements in the state’s economy because they clash with the presumptive Republican nominee’s message that the nation is suffering under President Barack Obama, according to two people familiar with the matter. Scott, a Republican, was asked to say that the state’s jobless rate could improve faster under a Romney presidency…

“A Romney adviser made the request this week to Scott’s staff after press releases from the governor’s re-election campaign and Internet messages from the Florida Chamber of Commerce trumpeted the state’s drop to 8.6 percent unemployment rate in May from 8.7 percent in April, the people said. The national unemployment rate is 8.2 percent. Scott’s news release said the jobless rate had dropped 11 consecutive months in Florida and asked supporters to ‘spread the news’ on Facebook, Twitter and by e-mailing their friends. Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in an e-mail that Romney frequently praises governors ‘for their ability to overcome the job-stifling policies of the Obama administration.'”


Military Selling Public On ‘Out-And-Proud’

A little PR can go a long way.

Top military commanders had the advantage of predicting the eventual end of DADT—which everyone knew was only a stopgap, with our military eventually joining every other Western democracy’s nondiscriminatory policy. “There was a lot of conversation about when the policy would go away, not if,” Haggerty says.

Military recruiters and Pentagon PR honchos had long ago realized that “repeal wasn’t going to undermine the military leadership or break the all-volunteer force,” says Aaron Belkin, who teaches political science at San Francisco State University and does research on civil-military relations for the Palm Center. In fact, the Pentagon told recruiters they could accept gay and lesbian recruits as early as July 2011—months before the repeal went into effect.

Madison Avenue has had a long history of working with the U.S. Department of Defense. As with DADT’s end, when President Harry Truman’s 1952 executive order desegregated the ranks of the U.S. Army, the main battle was on the civilian front. “People didn’t have the preconditioning with racial integration,” Haggerty says. “What DADT did for us was say: ‘Look, we know there are gay and lesbian service members. We just don’t want them to tell us.'”

Some would argue that it took decades for blacks—and later, women—to integrate successfully into the ranks. America had to wait until 1989 before Army General Colin Powell became the first African-American chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Now Haggerty believes we’ll see an openly gay man (or lesbian) serve in the highest military post in less time, because sexual identity for young people is quickly becoming a nonissue. “The average age of an enlisted person is 19 or so,” he says. “These are people who grew up where issues surrounding gay equality were always on the table. It would be difficult to find someone in that age group who’s never known a person that is gay or lesbian; 20 years ago, you’d get a different response.”

Cutting To The Core Of What Is Wrong With Politics Today

Short and to the point.

Congressmen Gary Ackerman (D-New York) spoke candidly with Bloomberg Businessweek editor Josh Tyrangiel about what being a member of a highly partisan Congress is really like.

BBW: Congressman Ackerman, you’ve been here 30 years. Can you define comity as it existed when you arrived versus how it exists now?

ACKERMAN: Your premise is that comity exists now. It may not be entirely accurate. It used to be you had real friends on the other side of the aisle. It’s not like that anymore. Society has changed. The public is to blame as well. I think the people have gotten dumber. I don’t know that I would’ve said that out loud pre-my announcement that I was going to be leaving. [Laughter] But I think that’s true. I mean everything has changed. The media has changed. We now give broadcast licenses to philosophies instead of people. People get confused and think there is no difference between news and entertainment. People who project themselves as journalists on television don’t know the first thing about journalism. They are just there stirring up a hockey game.

Ackerman is right.

Case in point.

As the turmoil in Egypt was brewing this past week both FAUX News and MSNBC kept to their usual regurgitation of political news during prime time, instead of using their resources to report and educate the public about an international event.  It was more important to each of these political channels to throw red meat out, rather than to inform on the heavy news of the day.

But having said that, let me not confuse my readers into thinking that the public would sit down and watch such reporting with the level of interest that is needed even if it had been available.

It is a real statement about our  ‘all news’ channels in American when we need to turn to the BBC for coverage of international events.  (I do love the BBC, and think it the best for news delivery in the world.)