What is Yahoo! doing using this as a headline? I also include a seemingly innocent article from another headline from this morning as well. Headline: Celebrity Factor-How did Republicans turn Obama’s popularity into a liability?Are you kidding me:) Is this really news? What is it doing as the main headline on Yahoo! News? Doesn’t this sound like a high school history class question? Someone on the left called a local morning radio show yesterday and uttered the cliche that all he wants from the news is the facts. We should all know by now that this is one of those very dangerous half truths as “just the facts” isn’t possible. However, we can try, and must. Is this headline not a rhetorical tactic by a person on the left to supposedly show that there is a conspiracy on the right that people should be wary of. Regardless, just another reason that no one on the left should be surprised that some people complain that the mainstream media is liberal. Still, it might not be a conspiracy. It could be writen by someone on the right trying to look like someone on the left. Or it could be someone who just thought it would sound cool. Or…
Another top Yahoo! headline this morning was: Obama’s Speech Lures Some Fence-Sitters as Others Await McCain.
Heidi PrzybylaFri Aug 29, 2:30 AM ET
Aug. 29 (Bloomberg) — Barack Obama’s speech last night left Janell Mader, a 32-year-old lifelong Republican, “a little overwhelmed” — and likely to vote for him in November.
“All of the concerns or questions that I had have been answered,” Mader, a homemaker from York, Pennsylvania, said of Illinois Senator Obama, 47, the Democratic presidential candidate. “John McCain’s going to have to do something pretty incredible next week for me to be convinced that the Republican Party deserves another four years.”
Mader was one of a dozen undecided voters from across the U.S. who discussed their impressions both before and immediately after Obama accepted his party’s nomination at Invesco Field in Denver on the closing night of the Democratic National Convention.
Some of these persuadable voters had been leaning toward Obama and others were leaning toward the Republican candidate, Arizona Senator McCain, 72. Many said they were impressed by the address. While some of the voters said the first part of Obama’s speech was short on specifics, he ultimately allayed their concerns, and most had a positive view of the convention.
At 77, Elizabeth Roszel has never voted for a Democratic presidential candidate, though she is considering backing Obama this year.
`Very Good Case’
The Democrat “has a very good case and I’m feeling very positive about him,” said Roszel, who lives in Philpot, Kentucky. “Now, I have to hear the Republicans,” who are scheduled to gather next week in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Going into the convention, Obama’s task was to convince these undecided voters that he could match his campaign’s message of change with substantive proposals for addressing the economy, health care and the war in Iraq.
He made his case, said Kathryn Martin, a 64-year-old registered nurse from Miami Lakes, Florida, who voted for Senator Hillary Clinton, 60, in the Democratic primary.
“I’m sold,” Martin said. “I think we’re ready for him.”
Others weren’t as enthusiastic.
Charles Davilla, a retired aircraft engineer and Democrat from Downey, California, said that while Obama said some of “the things I wanted to hear,” he “didn’t say how he was going to accomplish them.”
“What I wanted to hear, for example, was how he was going to strengthen the U.S. dollar,” Davilla said.
Scott Walker, a 42-year-old Republican heating and air- conditioning contractor from Sharpsburg, Georgia, said he is unhappy with his party, though wary of Obama.
Before the speech, he said he was “nervous” that Obama would raise taxes and was unfamiliar with many of his positions.
Afterwards, Walker said he remains undecided.
“It was an excellent speech,” he said. “But I really wanted him to nail down what he’s going to do about the issues he’s running on.”
Berna Burmley, a 56-year-old Democrat from Rush Springs, Oklahoma, said that while she was unable to watch the speech last night, what she saw of the first three days of the convention made her more likely to vote for Obama.
“It’s leaning me more towards Obama,” said Burmley, a retired clothing-store owner, citing his proposals for tax cuts for lower-income people, alternative energy and withdrawing from Iraq.
Many Democrats responded to the convention in the same way as Rodney Mattingly, a 56-year-old health-department worker from Lebanon, Kentucky, who is a self-proclaimed diehard Clinton supporter.
Prior to the speeches by the New York senator Aug. 26, and by her husband, former President Bill Clinton, the following night, Mattingly said his support for Obama would be determined by “how the respect is given to Clinton” at the convention.
After the speeches, in which both Clintons threw their support behind the nominee, Mattingly decided to vote for Obama.
“It’s a combination of what Hillary said and what Bill said, and I think Obama’s team has given them a lot of respect during this convention so, yes, I’m going to be in that camp now,” Mattingly said.
The reaction to the speech by Obama’s wife, Michelle, on the opening night of the convention was mixed. Michelle Obama, 44, has been portrayed by Republican critics as an unpatriotic radical.
“Michelle Obama came off better than her reputation,” said independent voter Charlie Hurwitch, a 38-year-old software salesman from Needham, Massachusetts.
Rebecca Darrington, a 48-year-old stay-at-home mom and undecided Republican, said she had a negative impression.
“The thing that concerns me the most of what I heard is from Michelle Obama,” Darrington said. “She said she wants to change American traditions.”
In her speech, Michelle Obama spoke about the Chicago steelworkers her husband worked with after law school.
Americans, she said, “too often settle for the world as it is, even when it doesn’t reflect our values and aspirations.”
Chester Hugo, a 38-year-old city worker from Ketchikan, Alaska, voted for Republican Mitt Romney in the primaries. Now he said he is torn between Obama and McCain and isn’t happy with either.
`Lesser of Evils’
“It’s the lesser of evils,” he said before Obama’s speech.
Republican Bennett Keller, a 48-year-old engineer from San Diego County, California, said he hadn’t made up his mind, either.
“If McCain wins it won’t be that good and if Obama wins it won’t be that bad,” he said.
Reviews of Obama’s running mate, Delaware Senator Joe Biden, 65, were positive, for the most part.
“He’s very mature and level-headed and he has been through a lot of knotholes in his life,” Davilla said of Biden’s Aug. 27 speech in which he referred to the 1972 car accident in which his wife and daughter were killed and his two sons badly injured.
Just one thing about this article. The section on Michelle Obama is classic liberal media. “Michelle Obama, 44, has been portrayed by Republican critics as an unpatriotic radical.” The author is going to blame Republicans for Michelle’s radicalism? I’m sorry, this is not a caricature. She is a radical…and angry. What about her speech and politics hasn’t been? and angry. I spoke with a friend about this the other day, and I really suspect that neither Obama’s are as angry as their politics would say. But at the very least, they are letting the anger of an ideology run their lives. Their politics is the politics of anger. I’m sorry, black lib theo? class envy? as i believe Clinton stated (and I could be wrong), “thug politics of Chicago”? Rev. Wright? William Ayers? and just the stuff they say all the time. How can anyone pretend that those speeches at the convention mean anything except what the politicians think will get them elected? Obama wants to inflict pain on a nation that has inflicted pain on others-whatever that means. He also doesn’t seem to acknowledge that his policies have been tried and only inflict more pain. No one can give me an example otherwise. Oh, and we just don’t know what his policies are in a sense. He hasn’t told us just how he will accomplish any of the stuff he says-actually the article above surprisingly includes this as a critique of Obama. His voting record in the senate is as liberal as you can get, and as safe politically for him. Why would we elect someone to vote, “Present”? Sure, he is coming to the center. Right. oh, and just why can’t Democrats just come out and admit that they are liberal? hmm. They never do in general elections. They wouldn’t even get close to elected if they did. They attack the American public for this state of affairs. What condescension. Why would we elect such a person? It is not the other way around either. Conservatives can brag about their conservatism. Interesting.
About the headlines. This is not just reporting the facts no matter how you cut it. This is editorializing at its best, and unfortunately, most subtle.