By golly, the folks over at Newsbusters have been busy in recent days, as the frustration over the Democratic Party’s plan for health care reform has reached a boiling point. Every time I’m on that phenomenal Web site, it motivates me to do more here at America’s Right. In the meantime, I’m happy to just give them a tip of the hat for bringing to light the following CNN video:
I don’t know much of anything about CNN’s Rick Sanchez. I haven’t watched him enough to know where his personal politics lie. I do remember his perspective on the immigration debate being biased toward illegal immigrants (kind of like Geraldo Rivera), and I remember some shameless promotion of Sonia Sotomayor. But I also recall Sanchez owning up to a mistake he made about the McCain campaign during last year’s presidential election. Regardless, what I saw here, however, was a journalist who was doing his job as a journalist. I would hope that, regardless of whether it was a Democrat or Republican that was displaying such disgusting conduct at their own town meeting, Sanchez and any other industry-respecting journalist would do the same.
It’s funny, in a way, how conflict and strife of the sort we are seeing can bring unexpected perspective. On a national level, the polls are showing that Americans may be waking up to the reality of the Democrats’ health care agenda; on a personal level, I have new-found respect for two unlikely people as a result of their conduct throughout this congressional recess.
The first, of course, is Sanchez. Shortly after I decided to pursue journalism at Auburn, I climbed the stairs to the second floor at Tichenor Hall to introduce myself to some of the faculty and talk a bit to a few of the students. Walking down the hallway toward the offices, I could see the First Amendment painted on the far wall with care. I smiled. I wanted a career in print journalism, writing news pieces. Fast forward more than a dozen years, and what I’m doing is profoundly different.
Here at America’s Right, I’m blessed to be able to express my opinion. I’m a commentator of sorts, just as Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow are commentators (NOTE: I am not comparing my abilities to theirs). They, like me, are opinion peddlers. A news anchor is an entirely different animal, however. At CNN and MSNBC, Fox News Channel and the networks, news anchors–as opposed to commentators–are hired and expected to objectively report the news. At Fox, Shepard Smith does a nice job as a news anchor. On the opposite side of the yellow journalism spectrum, MSNBC’s David Shuster can rarely contain himself and refrain from injecting personal opinion into what should be objectively-read news. Despite some previous hang-ups–which all seem to center around one particular issue–I’d say that Sanchez is more Smith than Shuster. You wouldn’t catch Shuster dead giving a Democrat congresswoman a hard time.
Second, the despicable conduct of Rep. Jackson-Lee has reinforced my respect for my own congressman, Joe Sestak. I know that he’s a liberal Democrat. I know that I don’t agree with him on anything. Comparing Sestak’s conduct at yesterday’s town hall meeting with that of Jackson-Lee’s, however, is like comparing night with day. Sestak went out of his way to meet people, physically strained to listen, and conducted himself admirably. Jackson-Lee, well, didn’t.
People like Sheila Jackson-Lee, as opposed to Joe Sestak, seem to have forgotten that they work for you and for me. With regard to Sestak, I wrote a short note to him, thanking him for setting an example for the rest of his colleagues when it comes to constituent interaction. With regard to those like Jackson-Lee who don’t follow that example, who forget exactly who they work for, I find the best way to remind those people of their employers is to provide them with a pink slip in even years.