THE COURAGE OF HONESTY

The American people deserve an honest media without agenda. However, if members of the media have an agenda, have the guts to be honest about it. The American people deserve the courage of honesty from those in the political arena as well.

Not a chance.

In late November, Republican strategist Ed Roberts pointed out that Barack Obama’s middle name was Hussein. Shortly thereafter, a hypocritical Chris Matthew’s of MSNBC’s Hardball, asked Roberts why he was pointing out Obama’s middle name. What Matthews did not say, according to Media Matters, was that he, Matthews, was the first to point out Obama’s middle name during a November 7 edition of Hardball. The poison of dishonesty does not stop there. Just recently CNN reporter Jeff Greenfield warned that Obama’s casual style of dress would tempt people to compare the senator to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, another causal dresser.

Roberts poo-pooed the seriousness of his utterance, Matthews dodged responsibility for his, and Greenfield said he was joking and even went so far as to imply he had no idea anyone could misunderstand his “joke”. “How could anyone possibly take such analysis seriously? Or consider it a ham-handed effort at character assassination?” Mr. Greenfield wrote on the CNN website. Well, anyone with an IQ in a least double-digits much less three, Mr. Greenfield.

According to Media Matters, Mr. Greenfield has yet to apologize “for his role in doctoring a video clip of Hillary Clinton to portray her as a liar.” Mr. Greenfield’s claim he had no idea his observation would have such an impact reveals three possibilities, he is the only person in history whose IQ and life experience can leave and return without warning, he is a liar because he doesn’t give a damn or he is a liar because he doesn’t have the courage to be honest.

Meanwhile, all of the people referenced above (save forObama and Media Matters) insult all American people. Tell us the truth. Most Americans I know understand when someone makes a mistake or shoots from the hip from time to time. Most Americans like and admire it when they see someone with the courage to apologize. White House Press Secretary Tony Snow is a case in point. Recently he accused NBC reporter David Gregory of asking a partisan question. It took Mr. Snow a matter of days to acknowledge his misstep and apologize to Mr. Gregory. Mr. Snow received well deserved praise for his honesty and courage.

You would think Mr. Greenfield, Mr. Matthews and Mr. Roberts would enjoy similar praise. Then again, it requires the courage of honest integrity to earn that praise. It seems Mr. Greenfield, Mr. Roberts and Mr. Matthews have not been in the same room with courage for quite some time. Not only am I not joking, I am being entirely honest.

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