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By Donald Lambro
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Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Scott Whitlock
It's complicated: The public is weary of the U.S. role as the world's policeman, but it also frets about the nation's declining prestige on the global stage and disapproves of both President Obama's foreign policy practices and any attempts at nation building overseas. Yet Americans approve of aggressive participation in the world economy and favor drones in the military arsenal.
It's one big baby: 844 pages of immigration reform legislation is now incubating on Capitol Hill, tended by Sen. Marco Rubio and seven other nervous parents. The so-called Gang of Eight senators who wrote the bill is assuring press, public, advocates and each other that they won't rush the bill along without fair hearings, or shroud it in mystery. Critics, though, aren't buying it.
Some stories have "legs." They don't disappear after a day or so but stay in the news, especially if they help move a liberal agenda. Think of global-warming findings or New York's assault on marriage.
The mainstream news media seeks to foment discord between Sarah Palin and Rep. Michele Bachmann, should the former Alaska governor and Minnesota Republican both run for the White House. Imagine. The obsessed press perhaps envisions a cat fight between the politicians they bill as tea party "darlings."
Vilification has set in: Arnold Schwarzenegger's marital infidelity was politicized the moment the news he fathered a love child with a household employee hit public radar.
Kennesaw State University is not renewing the contracts of men's basketball coach Tony Ingle or his staff.
"In the case of Obama's gun control push, the networks seemed totally willing to promote the president as someone on the side of the public, a leader who is frustrated by special interests. ABC, CBS and NBC clearly feel only one side of the gun debate matters," Media Research Center analyst Scott Whitlock tells Inside the Beltway.
The networks, he says, offered no forum for those sources who spoke in favor of the Second Amendment, and soft-pedaled the fact that the Manchin-Toomey gun amendment failed, and that it was a clear loss for the White House.