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What the mainstream media should be covering

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      Jedediah Bila

      Jedediah Bila is a conservative columnist, television commentator and author of the new book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Outnumbered-Chronicles-Conservative-Jedediah-Bila/dp/0983576807/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1305155422&sr=8-1"> Outnumbered: Chronicles of a Manhattan Conservative</a>. For more information on Jedediah, please visit <a href="http://jedediahbila.com/">jedediahbila.com</a>. Follow Jedediah on <a href="http://twitter.com/#!/JedediahBila">Twitter</a>.

Many in the mainstream media have been busy! It must be tough spending hour after hour trying to amp up supposed rivalries between GOP candidates. Plus, rereading Sarah Palin’s emails with a magnifying glass can get awfully taxing on the eyes.

As always, what have remained untouched by the vast majority of “objective” reporters are the ever-increasing horrific side effects of our president’s “hope” and “change.” Because I’m feeling particularly benevolent today, I’ve decided to do a big favor for some of the selectively-blind “journalists” out there and highlight what they should be covering.

According to Gallup, “A sharp deterioration in the jobs outlook and six straight weeks of Wall Street declines sent Americans’ confidence in the U.S. economy plunging to an average of -35 during the week ending June 12 — a decline of nine percentage points from two weeks ago, and six points worse than it was in the same week a year ago. Economic confidence is now approaching a 2011 weekly low.”

On a similar note, CNSNews.com reported today that “Twenty-eight months after Congress passed President Obama’s signature economic stimulus law, and nearly one year after he declared the summer of 2010 to be ‘Recovery Summer,’ 1.9 million fewer people are employed.”

Gee, I wonder why so many mainstream media writers and commentators aren’t pontificating about what the impact of depleted confidence in the economy will be on our president’s reelection potential? And why haven’t they held our president accountable for the fact that despite unfathomable spending, the American people have nothing but debt to show for it?

Silly me, I forgot. They’re too busy playing the blame-Bush game. And counting how many times Sarah Palin has used some variation of “Unflippinbelievable.”

The Foundry has tackled our president’s “clean energy revolution,” a.k.a. government “investment” in green technologies: “Government spending will create some jobs to build whatever politicians want us to build, but this diverts labor, capital, and materials from the private sector that could be used more efficiently to create even more jobs. The net effect is that subsidized green jobs destroy jobs elsewhere in the economy.” They also recently highlighted how the EPA’s “backdoor train wreck of energy regulations is forcing utilities to file for significant rate hikes in years to come because of the upgrades they will have to make or the complete shutdown of older plants.”

I’m sure the mainstream media will be getting around to investigating those matters any day now. You know, right after they remind the public that 54% of likely voters still favor the repeal of Obamacare.

Bottom line: This president has been a disaster for our economy. His policies have failed. He can’t spend his way out of that reality. And if the mainstream media isn’t going to do its job of speaking the truth, let’s do it for them.

Jedediah Bila is a conservative columnist, television commentator and author of the new book Outnumbered: Chronicles of a Manhattan Conservative. For more information on Jedediah, please visit jedediahbila.com. Follow Jedediah on Twitter.

  • John

    Love your style Jedediah Bila.

    The “lame street media”, for all you illiterate liberals, is your diet of liberalism spoon fed to you because your to ignorant to read anything else that disagrees with your point view regardless of all the facts that say your ideas are whacked.

    Dumb following stupidity, that’s what you are.

    Start removing yourselves from your lust of your selfishness and start getting enlightened.

    You just may find the good in life instead of the narcissistic negative language your so use to.

  • riseabove

    “Bottom line: This president has been a disaster for our economy. His policies have failed. He can’t spend his way out of that reality. And if the mainstream media isn’t going to do its job of speaking the truth, let’s do it for them.”

    **************************************

    How can we expect anything different with such clashing of ideologies bouncing around and banging into everything like an endless field of bumper cars? That’s how it’ll be if we keep looking for answers from political figures.

    “There is no man righteous in the earth that keeps doing good and does not sin…The true God made man upright, but they themselves have sought out many plans.” -Ecclesiastes 7:20,29

    • John

      Good quote from the Bible.

      Let’ not forget that evil prevails when good men do nothing, that is why this country is in the mess we’re in, because good men have done nothing for a long time.

      In Biblical times whole people where wiped outed so they would influence the next generation.

      And when the Hebrews didn’t wipe out a certain people they were plagued with violence from the survivors.

      But since we live in a civilized era, we use our words instead of swords.

      I for one say, it’s about time good men step up to fight the good fight and strongly endure the backlash of being on the cutting edge of social and political arenas.

      Without feeling guilt ridden from those of the same side.

      • guesswho

        When you two are done passing out the snakes for the revival meeting just tell me if these 2 wars we’re in, our wonderful economy, our delightful national debt all started on January 20, 2009?

        Ya think Bush and the Republicans had a teensy, teensy bit of involvement in all this?

        Ok, you can go back to talking in tongues.

  • dilbert animation on ebay

    I would like to compliment the writer for hitting on topics that an underemployed constuction engineer is concerned with. But I know that me and
    250 other dudes (who spent 2008 building 20 story hotels in Orlando and were laid off the day Obama was elected) can do. We can work in Florida for Obamas defeat and return to capitalism. We can support those Boeing workers in South Carolina and cheer them on as the actually build next gen airliners. We can wish the Space Shuttle contract workers an easier time finding meaningful jobs after Obama killed the space program without a debate.

    Looking forward to the next tiny tome from Jedediah Bila.

    • guesswho

      A few things:

      1. So you were laid off the day Obama was sworn in…and it’s his fault?

      2. On April 5, 2005 President Bush signed a decree canceling any futher expenditure of federal funds on the US Space Shuttle program.

      That’s ok…I like your fairy story better.

  • loudog

    As expected, she leaves out that although the previous admin and congress doubled the national debt in the so-called good times, expanding government and invading countries without a way to pay for any of it, they also added a trillion post Wall St meltdown, shoring up our financial system and trying to prevent a total collapse. Republicans also added to the deficit by insisting millionaires a tax cut. So while you claim everything is Obama’s fault, you might want to actually consider exactly when our economy faced another Great Depression and why we’re spending all of our money paying for unemployment benefits, soc security, food stamps, trying to get people back to work and occupying a couple countries while the wealthiest in the country enjoy another tax cut.

    What the media should actually be questioning is why nothing has changed and our banks are even bigger than before, making record profits and are being encouraged to get out there and take risks again with taxpayers as a backstop.

    btw, where’s that House jobs bill? Oh, that might require spending money, so that was just another lie.

    • Not Me!

      “Of course I’m an alcoholic, but imagine how much worse I’d be if I hadn’t taken the steps I thought were necessary to drink responsibly. You can’t just give it all up like that. And Big Booze is counting on me. The guy before me got me started drinking, so it’s really his fault I’m this soused.”

      • loudog

        yeah, except the risk of 20% unemployment isn’t a beer and spending since Dec 07 has been to try and prevent a depression, global economic meltdown and even greater debt.

        • BigRmv

          Seriously, don’t be bad mouthing beer.

        • Smith

          Twenty-eight months after Congress passed President Obama’s signature economic stimulus law, and nearly one year after he declared the summer of 2010 to be “Recovery Summer,” 1.9 million fewer people are employed.

          In February 2009, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that 141.7 million people were employed. By the end of May 2011 — the last month for which data are available — that number had fallen to 139.8 million, a difference of 1.9 million.

          While the number of people with jobs has increased slightly from its low point during the recession — 137.9 million in December 2009 — those 1.9 million jobs have been lost despite $800 billion in stimulus spending.

          This does not mean that the economy is not creating jobs, but rather that it is not creating jobs fast enough to keep up with a combination of layoffs and people entering the job market for the first time.

          • loudog

            I’ll give you that, the so-called stimulus bill was a failure of the dem congress and the President.

    • BigRmv

      Seriously? That’s your new tack today when faced with your wondrous leader’s obvious failings–Blame Bush? Again? The man retired 2 and 1/2 years ago.

      Look here LD: Obama (yes, THAT Obama) took credit for the 2010 Summer of Recovery. He was positive that HIS administration and HIS leadership had slowed the economic freefall. LAST SUMMER. Except it didn’t. And now you blame Bush.

      In May, Obama took credit for killing the most wanted man in the world. And you gave him credit for it, not Bush or anyone else who spent the last 10 years fending off the terrorist threat to this country.

      Do you know how ridiculous it sounds when the Democrats demand that 1) all good things that happened when Clinton was president did so because he was “cool” and that the Republican held congress had nothing to do with it?, and then, 2) you turn right around and take credit when things worked under Bush because the Democrats controlled congress?, then, 3) You say the previous president is responsible for ALL OF OUR CURRENT woes and the current president is only responsible for everything good and wholesome?

      Good grief. You are so two-faced.

      • loudog

        go ahead and pretend we didn’t invade two countries on a Chinese credit card, create new unfunded government departments (homeland security), cut taxes at the same time doubling our debt and suffer the worst recession since the depression if it makes you feel better.

    • Scrap Iron

      Debt? You want to talk debt?
      Okay, according to the government’s figures, from treasurydirect.gov. GWB and a republican controlled congress invcreased the debt by almost 4 tillion dollars.
      OTOH, since 2007, a democrat congress has added more than 4.5 trillion to the debt, iun just 4 years.
      SO tell us again, who has the spending problem?
      Here’s the link.
      http://treasurydirect.gov/govt/reports/pd/histdebt/histdebt_histo5.htm

      • BlackRinSweden

        More Lies from Obama.
        Facts:Using data from the U.S. Treasury’s Debt to the Penny, site, during Bush’s eight years in office the federal government’s total outstanding public debt increased from $5.7 trillion to $10.6 trillion. That translates to $4.9 trillion over eight years, or $610 billion per year. Meanwhile, in just the 27 months Obama has been in office, the debt has risen $3.6 trillion to $14.2 trillion. That is $1.6 trillion per year, which is three times as worse as Bush’s debt pace.

        • loudog

          the longer the Bush recession goes on the more we spend on unemployment benefits, bailing out Wall St and buying debt to keep interest rates low. We’re still occupying Iraq and Afghanistan. We still have unfunded programs like medicare part D that Republicans passed, we still have unfunded departments like Homeland security that republicans gave us and we’re still cutting taxes for millionaires, causing us to borrow what we need to fund the entire fiasco. This didn’t just happen in the last two yrs.

          btw, the dem congress didn’t take control until 2008 so didn’t have control for a budget until fiscal 2009, two yrs into the recession.

        • loudog

          I’m off a yr, I should’ve said:

          btw, the dem congress didn’t take control until 2007 so didn’t have control for a budget until fiscal 2008, one yr into the recession.

  • GeniousIQ

    Good God, I’m so tired of whiners complaining about the “mainstream media”. Newscorps is one of the LARGEST MEDIA CONGLOMERATES IN THE WORLD. That’s not mainstream? And there are a billion websites out there. Quit your whining and learn to click a mouse so that you can read whatever news source you want.

    • BigRmv

      Genious, you just hate the idea of other people having opinions, don’t you?

      Now, about the article. Why don’t you defend your glorious leader? Didn’t the quote, “Twenty-eight months after Congress passed President Obama’s signature economic stimulus law, and nearly one year after he declared the summer of 2010 to be ‘Recovery Summer,’ 1.9 million fewer people are employed” seem seditious to you? I mean, president Obama said 2010 WAS the summer of recovery, so it MUST be, right?

      Where’s your outrage over this attack against Obama’s policies? His jobs numbers? His performance? Where are your comments about the declining confidence and this week approaching the low level for 2011?

      You chose not to address the items in the article that the author declares the mainstream media to have skipped over and, instead, attack her for saying they’re not paying attention.

      Nice avoidance there. Sounds like something the MSM would do. Coincidence? I’m not so sure…

    • Gonzo51

      I seriously doubt your IQ is very high. Newscorps is mainly cable / sat and not network over-the-air. Many people in this country do not have cable or sat TV for many reasons, one of them being that they may not have a job and can’t afford it. Same can be true of the internet and still many others such as seasoned citizens don’t have a computer and only read print newspapers.

      Based on your words, I am guessing you are a twenty to thirty year old punk liberal living off the government teet!

      • GeniousIQ

        Waa, nobody will spoon feed my my news! Go to a library and read the newspapers.

    • Sketti

      “Good God, I’m so tired of…”

      Quit your whining and learn to click a mouse so that you can read whatever news source you want. Just Sayin :)