If A Tree Falls and Nobody Hears It...

The media refuses to cover Republican protests.

Leftist media bias is so systemic as to have become uncontroversial - even the mainstream media are now forced to admit that something is amiss.  When members of the media donate 100 times as much money to Democratic candidates as to Republicans (excluding Ron Paul and Guiliani, liberal stalking-horse and liberal favorite respectively), something is seriously amiss.

The American people have realized this, and are reacting accordingly.  For example, after Obama's recent European Victory Tour and its accompanying media love-in, his polling scores are now... down.  The message from the media, so manifestly twisted, is being ignored or rejected by a growing portion of the American public.

Alas, the true strength of media bias is not in its portrayals of the news.  Even the least politically aware viewer can smell a rat when a broadcaster admits to feeling "thrills up my leg" when a partisan politicians speaks.  No, the most critical weapon of the biased liberal news is not the ability to twist news; it lies in the power to decide what is news.

And on that note, we turn our attention to the House of Representatives, which is currently not in session.  Last Friday, using its customary procedures, the House passed a motion of adjournment for its regular August recess.  Your elected servants are now off to their home states for a month of rest and/or local politicking, having put the nation's troubles to rest.

Or so you would believe if you were watching the news - if, indeed, the news even bothered to mention something so mundane as a Congressional adjournment.  The reality, as witnessed by (but, alas, only by) hundreds of visitors in the galleries, was quite literally as different as night and day.

Recall for a moment that polls are showing today's outlandish gas prices to the Number One concern of the voting public.  President Bush has rescinded the executive order banning offshore drilling of American oil to increase the supply and lower the price.

The only thing standing in the way of this much-needed action is a Congressional moratorium.  Its removal, and immediate action to "Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less" is supported not only by a majority of the American public but indeed by a majority of citizens of the states off whose coasts the drilling would take place, namely California and Florida.  Yet the Speaker of the House, San Francisco Democrat Nancy Pelosi, long beholden to extreme environmentalists who are quite happy with the ever-increasing gas prices and positively giddy at the pain inflicted on "greedy" Americans, refuses even to allow a vote on the subject.

With Congress having done nothing whatsoever to address the most pressingly urgent national crisis of the moment, a month-long paid vacation seems inappropriate.  Congressional Republicans have been screaming about this for some weeks now; being in the minority, they can (and have) prevented most other business from being done, but are not able to effectively enact actual solutions.  Come the scheduled day of departure, the Democrats couldn't even be bothered to finish out the workday; they gaveled a recess at noon, over furious Republican objection, and headed for their idling limos outside.

A group of Republican congressmen did not.  Instead, they stayed put in the House of Representatives, declaring that the American people deserve to have their concerns voiced in Congress whether the Democrats like it or not.  They began delivering speeches and petitions demanding immediate relief.

Then the lights went off.  And the sound system.  And the TV cameras.  And the Capitol Police were sent in to clear the hall.  All these matters are under the direct control of Nancy Pelosi, and the government employees mostly obeyed her will that the Republicans not be so much as seen nor heard.

Fortunately, the Capitol Police recognize a higher authority of the law, and would not remove the representatives nor their "guests" who have the right to be in the chamber.  But with no lights, sound, or cameras, there can be no C-SPAN.  One would think a vigorous protest on the very floor of the House of Representatives, under the soft glow of emergency lighting and flashlights, might be of some interest to other news reporters - but not one felt it worth their attention on that day.

Was the event reported online?  On the news?  In the newspapers?  No.  Thus far, the only account stems from this online Politico report, and reaction on conservative talk radio and other blogs.  Even the Drudge Report's headline news on the subject failed to get a reaction from the major media.

Today, various blogs report the House Republicans are back at it - back in the House of Representatives, reading letters from constituents, excoriating the refusal of Democrats to allow Americans to make use of our own resources - in short, doing all the things that you'd expect a political opposition party to be doing.

Are they?  Apparently the only way for us to find out would be for us to drive down there ourselves and look.  It certainly isn't on the TV, newspapers, or major news websites, not even a hint.  Even Drudge has dropped it.

Those same blogs report that the Republican leaders plan to continue this for the entire month of August.  Will we hear even a peep on the news?  If not, did it even happen?

Petrarch is a contributing editor for Scragged.  Read other Scragged.com articles by Petrarch or other articles on Society.
Reader Comments
WHO IS THIS 'NANCY PELOSI'? ? ? Hasn't anyone told her that her job IS NOT TO STOP 'VOTES' but to ENCOURAGE VOTES and get them over with, ONCE AND FOR ALL! ! ! Apparrantly, she doesn't want THE DOMOCRATS TO LOOSE in the FALL...because FOR SURE...THE PEOPLE WILL REMEMBER THE CONGRESSMAN AND SENATORS THAT VOTE 'NO' FOR 'DRILLING NOW'! ! !...and she can't let that happen! ! ! GET RID OF PELOSI NOW! ! ! !...she's undermining the office that she holds and GOING 'AGAINST-THE-PEOPLE' & THE CONSTITUTION! ! !
August 5, 2008 12:36 PM
Hear, hear. The Dems only wanted power back; they had no intention of "cleaning anything up". In 06 they got power and everything has remained the same (or worse) ever since. Not sure I want power to go back to the GOP though. Screw 'em both!
August 5, 2008 1:08 PM
If Angus is serious, he ought to home that Mr. McCain wins. If he can veto the dumber things the Democrats pass, we the people will suffer less. Experience shows that when everything is controlled by the same party, spending goes up a LOT. Gridlock protects us. Since the House and the Senate will be Democratic, the white house being Republican is the least harm we will suffer.
August 5, 2008 2:27 PM
That depends on whether you think McCain is a Republican. If he won't block what the Democrats pass and is willing to hold their hand as he has demonstrated over the past 20 years, then - no, he will be just as bad as Obama.
August 5, 2008 2:33 PM
Angus could well be right about McCain; he is more of RINO than a Republican. I remember and older guy telling me how much he regretted Mr. Reagan beating Carter. He believed another 4 years of Carter would have sunk the US and we could start over. Anyone who believes that ought to root for Obama, he'd certainly sink us as rapidly as Mr. Carter did. Carter was starting with the US in better shape, of course, which is why my friend believed he was unable to sink the US in 4 years and would have needed another term to complete the job.
August 5, 2008 3:31 PM
Personally I have little confidence in McCain. The only real good which there's any real possibility for him to accomplish is regarding judges, and even there it's pretty sketchy - he was a leader of the Gang of 14 senators that torpedoed many of Bush's most conservative appointments.

My worry about the US sinking under Obama is that, in the days of Carter, there were a lot of people still voting who remembered how the US "used to be" and "ought to be" who Reagan could appeal to. There aren't anymore. If Obama is elected and the economy tanks under his egregious taxes and regulations, the media will be hammering on "more government intervention needed!" Just like in the 1930s under FDR, from which we have NEVER recovered - he permanently increased the size, reach, and institutional power of the federal government. Obama will do the same. Again, that's the power of the media, to control the agenda by deciding what is ON the agenda.
August 6, 2008 8:35 AM
"If he can veto the dumber things the Democrats pass, we the people will suffer less."

I keep saying it: McCain will be WORSE, long-term, than Obama. Yes, the people will suffer less - but they WILL suffer. And with McCain in office, they will blame the Republicans, which will practically insure a Democrat in 2012.

Even with the media reporting the way they do, I don't think they'll be able to convince people that Obama isn't to blame. As for "there were a lot of people still voting who remembered how the US "used to be" and "ought to be" who Reagan could appeal to." - well, they'll remember the US under Bush, and how much better it was than under Obama - and that should be enough.

Assuming a Republican with any spine shows up before 2012.
August 6, 2008 3:21 PM
The sick thing about the GOP is that really isn't anyone I can think of in the party leadership I would vote for. Mitt Romney was a lot better than McCain, but even he wasn't that great. Fred? Not sure he was really part of the GOP leadership. He didn't seem to really get any of their tailwinds behind him. The GOP may need to be dismantled all together and rethought.
August 6, 2008 3:27 PM
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