On election night Fox analysts and reporters rightly noted that 2012 had not inspired the kind of captivating campaign that Obama ginned up for victory in 2008. At the start of the night, the Fox News chairman warned commentators participating in his channel’s election coverage: “If things don’t go your way tonight, don’t go out there looking like someone ran over your dog.” Yet the coverage on Fox proved largely dour and depressive. “President Obama will win because he ran a good campaign,” political anchor Bret Baier said early in the evening. “He will not win because of the state of the economy.”>> Join David Folkenflik for a live chat Friday at noon. <<Viewers would find it hard to believe that the final tally showed Obama had won by nearly four percentage points in the popular vote. Several pundits, including Bill O’Reilly and Stephen Hayes, circled back to Superstorm Sandy as a stroke of good fortune for the incumbent. “While Governor Romney was talking about bipartisanship,” Brit Hume said, “the president gave an image to Americans on television of him practicing it. That’s pretty strong medicine.”
President Barack Obamas call to raise the minimum wage has long been met with resistance from congressional Republicans, but Rep. Joe Barton R-Texas took things a step further by suggesting the minimum wage be done away with entirely.\”I think its outlived its usefulness,\” Barton told National Journal in a story published Thursday. \”It may have been of some value back in the Great Depression. I would vote to repeal the minimum wage.\”The story didnt include any specifics on why Barton felt the minimum wage had lost its value, and a request to his office for further explanation wasnt immediately returned.Bartons comments came one day after Obama delivered a highly-discussed speech on income inequality and poverty, in which the president renewed his push for a higher minimum wage. The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour, which amounts to roughly $15,000 a year.Obama said that despite working around the clock, individuals who work in the fast-food and retail industries, as well as nurses, continue to live at or barely above poverty.\”That’s why it’s well past the time to raise a minimum wage that, in real terms right now, is below where it was when Harry Truman was in office,\” he said.During his State of the Union address this year, Obama unveiled a proposal that would raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour. He has since thrown his support behind an increase to $10.10 an hour under a bill introduced by Senate Democrats.
If you ever happen to come across a Republican on television these days, chances are that you will hear the name Ronald Reagan. Recent Republican debates are the perfect example of the love fest that the current Republican party has for Reagan as each candidate name drops the former president at every turn. If you only listened to conservatives you would think that Jesus Christ was the only person above Reagan on the totem pole of conservative love. They talk about his love of low taxes, less government and conservative family values.The problem is that when you step out of the conservative dream and come back to reality, you find that not only was Ronald Reagan a bad president, but he was one of the worst presidents weve seen in modern times. Reagans policies have destroyed the United States for three decades, and for the eight years he was in office, here are eight reasons why Ronald Reagan was the worst president of our lifetime.
(NEWSER) – Pope Francis\’ blistering attack yesterday on the \”tyranny\” of unchecked capitalism in general and trickle-down economics in particular marks a fundamental shift in church thinking, writes Emma Green at the Atlantic. A half-century ago, the church largely condemned communism and embraced democracy, along with its underlying free-market system. The pope made clear yesterday that those days are long gone. \”This is more than just a lecture about ethics,\” writes Green. \”It’s a statement about who should control financial markets.\” And Francis clearly believes \”the global economy needs more government control—an argument that would have been unthinkable for the pope just 50 years ago.\”
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From Little Britain\’s Vicky Pollard to the Jeremy Kyle Show to toxic documentaries on \’feckless scroungers\’ – writer and broadcaster Owen Jones argues that this growing strain of malevolent British TV programming denigrates the working class. Increasingly, it seems that poor and everyday…
(CNN) – Pope Francis on Tuesday called for big changes in the Roman Catholic Church – including at the very top – saying the church needs to rethink old rules and customs that are no longer understood or effective for evangelization.
\”I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security,\” the Pope said in a major new statement.
\”I do not want a Church concerned with being at the center and then ends by being caught up in a web of obsessions and procedures,\” Francis added.
The Pope\’s address, called an \”apostolic exhortation,\” is basically a pep talk from the throne of St. Peter. But Francis\’ bold language and sweeping call for change are likely to surprise even those who\’ve grown accustomed to his unconventional papacy.
\”Not everyone will like this document,\” said the Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest and author in New York. \”For it poses a fierce challenge to the status quo.\”
Walmart\’s been caught trying to make a top-down social media strategy look like a grassroots action by hundreds of hourly workers—the retail giant is astroturfing, in other words. See, a social media \”Thunderclap\” lets hundreds of people post to Twitter or Facebook at the same time, increasing the likelihood that a topic will trend or at least start to break through the noise. A Thunderclap touting Black Friday as Walmart\’s Super Bowl was identified as being from \”a proud associate.\” But it turns out that proud associate was Umang Shah, Walmart\’s director of social strategy.
Outed by Eric Ming as the originator of the Thunderclap, Shah argued that \”proud associate\” wasn\’t deceptive because: