Example Number One
This morning in the Indy Star I read this account of the visit by Bill Clinton in Bloomington, home of the prestigious Indiana University, which gladly sucks up my tax dollars to educate but instead turns out some of the biggest idiots in the world. Here is the part that really demonstrates my point (emphasis is mine):
It was an unexpected showdown of surrogates for Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton here Wednesday, and it sure looked like Obama's representative whipped up the most excitement.
As former President Bill Clinton was extolling his wife's credentials, Obama's campaign office in Bloomington began giving away tickets to Sunday's Dave Matthews concert at Assembly Hall.
Jason Schechtman, 19, Deerfield, Ill., a student at IU, got his tickets about 8 p.m. after waiting more than three hours. He met folks in line who said they'd left the Clinton rally to wait for tickets.
"I was leaning toward Obama, but this sealed the deal for sure," he said. "The Obama campaign announced this right as (Bill Clinton) was about to speak, and it brought everyone from over there to over here."
There are many things I could say about this, I could write several paragraphs driving this home. But this is (certainly and by far) enough to illustrate my claim.
Example Number Two
From the esteemed Politico comes this article.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) warned Army Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker on Thursday not to "put a shine on recent events” in Iraq when they testify before Congress next week.
“I hope we don’t hear any glorification of what happened in Basra,” said Pelosi, referring to a recent military offensive against Shiite militants in the city led by the Iraqi government and supported by U.S. forces.
Basically, what Pelosi is saying here:
Do not say anything that does not conform with the image of what we want to portray is currently happening in Iraq. Never mind the truth, you must say what we think is real, regardless of the facts.