Media Matters for America
An "-isms" arms race is under way in America.
Turn on cable news or talk radio and you're likely to hear a conservative host, right-wing pundit, or Republican elected official accuse President Obama and the Democratic Congress of just about every "-ism" in the book.
Socialism, Marxism, Leninism, fascism, Nazism, Stalinism, Maoism - few, if any, "-isms" have been spared as the right escalates its daily verbal assault on the progressive agenda.
In fact, according to a search of broadcasts on TVEyes.com, since Obama's inauguration in January, these terms and others like them have been thrown around on cable news at least 3,000 times. Add conservative talk radio and the nation's newspaper op-ed pages to the mix and watch that figure grow like a well-watered, limited edition Bill O'Reilly Chia Pet.
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AC360° Senior Producer
The G-20 Summit kicks off today, and world leaders discuss how to fix the world economy. The leaders at this Summit represent countries that control 85% of the world’s GDP, and in the middle of an economic meltdown, they’ve got a lot to chat about!
Major world leaders will hold joint press conferences today, and our own President Obama gives a solo news conference, 2 hours after the others. I guess he wants that spotlight to himself when he goes to the podium!
President Obama had more first-time meetings with key allies, including the Indian Prime Minister, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, and the South Korean President. With regard to the latter, they put aside money talk for some time this morning, and discussed security.
The U.S. says North Korea is getting ready to test a long-range ballistic missile, being fueled right now, and President Obama and South Korean officials promised a “stern, united’ response to any missile launch. The war of words is in full effect from London today!
Anderson is on the streets following the protests, which are much quieter today than they were yesterday, but he'll check how folks feel about this summit. Do protesters blame US capitalism for the economic meltdown? What are the goals they want to see leaders accomplish at this Summit? And are they happy that President Obama gave their Queen an ipod as gift from the White House? lol.
Ps: Am I the only one wondering what songs the Queen listens to? Who knows, maybe our CNN team will get lucky and have their own invite to Buckingham Palace to see the Queen, and have the opportunity to ask her.
See you tonight!
Reporter's Note: President Obama has asked Americans for ideas on how the run the country. I’ve been writing a letter a day, but now over in London it seems like he’s getting advice from everyone.
Tom Foreman | Bio
Dear Mr. President,
Well that was quite a photo op: You and the wife glad-handing it with the Queen of England! I was surprised by how short she appeared next to you two. She looked like Dr. Ruth’s sister.
I can’t imagine what I’d talk about with a queen, but of course I’m aware of what everyone else is talking about: That moment when the First Lady slipped her arm around Her Majesty. As I understand it, the most etiquette-minded among our Brit cousins are practically choking on their crumpets over this little incident. Something about it being a breech of protocol to touch the royal personage.
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In the hours after Sandra Cantu vanished in a mobile home park last week in California, the Tracy Police Department canvassed the area, spoke to family members, and attempted to retrace the 8-year-old girl's movements before she disappeared.
As the preliminary investigation moved forward, a police officer sat at a computer and accessed the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). Formed by the FBI, the NCIC is a multi-agency shared database containing records on crimes and criminals. It is up and running 24/7 and available to every local, state, and federal law enforcement agency in the United States.
The officer who punched in the details about the Sandra Cantu case also checked a box on the report, indicating a child is missing and may be at serious risk. That red flag doesn't just reach cops across the country. It also sends the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children into action.
José Manuel Durão Barroso
President of the European Commission
For The Daily Telegraph
The present crisis is the first big crisis of the globalization age. Indeed, some people blame it on globalization. They advocate "de-globalization" as the way out of the crisis.
Plausible as it sounds, it is dead wrong. The way out of this crisis is not "de-globalization". Protectionism and economic nationalism are false friends which fuel poverty and conflict: we saw that in the 1930s. The way out of this crisis is "re-shaping globalization".
We need to establish a global set of rules that allow us to master globalization. It is only by working together across borders that we can put the potential of the markets at the service of the citizens, and address global challenges like climate change, energy security and fighting poverty.
For the past several years, I've been harboring a fantasy, a last political crusade for the baby-boom generation. We, who started on the path of righteousness, marching for civil rights and against the war in Vietnam, need to find an appropriately high-minded approach to life's exit ramp. In this case, I mean the high-minded part literally.
And so, a deal: give us drugs, after a certain age — say, 80 — all drugs, any drugs we want. In return, we will give you our driver's licenses. (I mean, can you imagine how terrifying a nation of decrepit, solipsistic 90-year-old boomers behind the wheel would be?) We'll let you proceed with your lives — much of which will be spent paying for our retirement, in any case — without having to hear us complain about our every ache and reflux. We'll be too busy exploring altered states of consciousness. I even have a slogan for the campaign: "Tune in, turn on, drop dead."
After firing the CEO of General Motors and putting Chrysler on a path that could lead to bankruptcy, the still-popular President Obama moved from the domestic battlefield to the international one. But the subject is the same, with no relief in sight: the woeful world economy.
The president and a staff of hundreds took off this week on Air Force One and backup planes to attend his first international summit, the G-20 meeting in London, England.
The eyes of a nervous world are looking to the new American president, as well as the leaders of 18 other countries and the European Union, with some hope that they can get us out of this world financial crisis. These countries all have diverse populations and different roles in the world, but all share a concern for a world economy that is teetering on the brink of disaster.