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Three Cheers to USA Today for Decent Reporting

It’s rare to see a post written which celebrates an article that reports the obvious and sticks to the facts. But after this debacle (and this one, too) which occurred recently, I am sorry to say that it’s even rarer to find such an article to begin with.

Susan Page wrote a pretty fair descriptive of Obama’s SOTU speech and reported on one of Governor Palin’s tweets from the evening without muddying it up with untrue facts or phony media narratives with regard to the Governor. 

The article’s title correctly refers to President Obama as "emboldened."  She also claims that he’s "ready to fight." 

She descibes his tone as "more combative’ and said that "his rhetoric drew sharper lines."

She went on to say how Obama’s speech "embraced a more liberal agenda" and described the following:

The agenda Obama outlined had more of the sweep of first-term ambitions than the limits of a second-term cleanup operation. He said it was critical to address climate change, an issue he sidelined after his cap-and-trade proposal went nowhere in his first year in office. (If Congress won’t act, he said, he’d look for executive actions.) In an emotional closing section to the long address, he added gun control to his priorities in the wake of the December shooting rampage in Newtown, Conn.


Republican leaders have flatly ruled out more revenue, however, noting that tax hikes on top earners were part of a deal struck to avert the so-called fiscal cliff at the beginning of the year. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, in the formal Republican response, accused Obama of having an "obsession" about raising taxes.

Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee, mocked Obama’s speech on Twitter. "‘Balanced approach’ means ‘I’m going to increase your taxes to pay for my crony capitalism,'" she wrote, adding a sarcastic hashtag: "#NoOneIsBuyingThis."

That tweet quoted by Susan Page happened to be my favorite tweet of the evening from the Governor, and we all know there were plenty of good ones to choose from.  Taking on crony capitalism; as the Governor has essentially taken the lead on (even though she’s so humble as to never take the credit), is not something welcomed by either side of the aisle.  I didn’t expect the media to give it a mention even though it’s only a first step to giving it the platform it deserves.

I do disagree with Page’s characterization of the President being "ready to fight."  It’s not very hard to bypass the constitutional process of law by abusing executive order like a dictator.  That doesn’t make one a fighter, it makes one an arrogant bully who abuses the power granted to him by the people who’ve entrusted him with it.  But because she was honest in the actual description of his speech and reporting his intent to bypass Congress to fundamentally transform America, the commenters over there are noticably not happy about the President’s plans.

Overall, Susan Page managed to fairly report on the #sotUGottaBKiddingMe and what Governor Palin had to say about it without adding the snark that a lot of other mainstream media outlets felt the need to do (and none worth mentioning).

You can read her entire piece here.


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  • RedDaveR

    It’s a sign of the times that we are surprised when a reporter actually does what he/she is supposed to do.

  • $7566967

    I find that giving a compliment to a reporter for doing what she’s supposed to do comparable to patting someone on the head for tying their shoelaces and zipping his fly. It only underscores how low our expectations are of the press – which is yet another indictment of the state-run media.

    • jester2939

      Exactly. How low can our expectations go?

    • wodiej

      Perhaps but a compliment will show we have class.

  • DocBarry1

    Again, where are the gop – during the SOTU address, obama said if you don’t do it I will do it myself- this statement continues his ways of dissing the constitution and congress – yet congress does nothing to put an end to this abuse – where are their principles and integrity – we know that they become silent when Gov Palin and the Tea Party are attacked – but to have a president go around congress and do nothing – shame on them

  • Patriot41

    Executive orders can be challenged by Congress at any time, when you have legislators who have the courage and concern to do so. We have yet to see such courage and conviction, from the majority in either house on the hill.

  • SuperRoadrunner

    Wonder when is it going to be that the country will realize that in reality BO has not been voted in, but "frauded" in…

  • MarkRNY

    So USA Today framed this as the Official gopE response and the We the People response, whether they knew it or not.

    The Roob’s like General McClellan. He talks a good fight. His response was good (except for that bizzaro emergency water thing), but he’s a Jeb drone. That will become more and more clear. Sarah did more damage from her living room then he did on Network TV because she’s all fight and all guts. She’s our Achilles waiting in her tent to kick ass!

    Interesting that Rand was emailing all over the place that he would give the TP response. Didn’t happen Rand. All eyes were on the Lady who got you elected. It’s a kneejerk thing. It’s actually become part of our culture!

    Wonder if Suzie P (blogger) was watching Aljezeera for The Cuda’s response?? Wonder if her Duke Wayne looking WaPo editor was??

  • wodiej

    I hope everyone continues to put their faith in God and ask for His guidance as we move forward through these tumultuous times. We will find our way back to His light. Gov. Palin is stalwart in her efforts to keep Americans informed of obama’s every move and she deserves much support. We must stay above the fray and use her actions as an example when we comment and use our own words, refraining from juvenile, insulting comments that add nothing to our cause. When we try to get even w others that is what we are-even-no better than them.

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