CNN Attacks Obama's Patriotism
by washingtoncritic, Sun Feb 24, 2008 at 03:28:51 PM EST
In an insult to every American, CNN has a new poll up on its front page asking readers, "Does Barack Obama show the proper patriotism for someone who wants to be president of the United States?"
George Bush could torture a thousand Iraqi children, invade thirty countries, and drown a sack of puppies, and they would never ask this question about him. But apparently, it's acceptable journalistic integrity to pose the question about a sitting United States Senator.
While my email was filled with too many explitives to repeat on MyDD, my girlfriend wrote a more thoughtful and reasoned response. She writes:
CNN has crossed the line with the recent QuickVote poll on Sen. Barack Obama's patriotism. Senator Obama has served this country and his state of Illinois admirably. He has pushed for some of the most progressive legislations, and in return he gets attacked for not wearing a lapel pin? He has inspired Americans to get more involved in politics and empowered them to take control over their government, and you enable those who call him unpatriotic. Let me tell you what's unpatriotic: Sending 4000 troops to their death for an unnecessary and botched war, neglecting disenfranchised Americans in Katrina, torturing people, and so on. It is cowardly for CNN to put up a poll questioning the patriotism of a US Senator who has worked to unite this country, and meanwhile CNN lets one of the worst administrations in our history go unchecked. Good job CNN, you have joined the ranks of McCarthyan politics. Patriotism is not a flag on the front yard, and it's not people who toot their own horns. It's about people who take actions to better their communities and their country, and Senator Obama has done just that.
I urge everyone, Clinton and Obama supporters, to rally behind this outrageous attack on the patriotism of Barack Obama and his family.
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