Now, I know that we are so famously known for interestingly comprehensive commentaries about up to date meaningful news stories. By this I mean you would expect us to write a smart, informative blog about how the unemployment rates shot up at the end of 2008, reaching 7.2 percent in December, putting job losses at 2.6 million on the year. Now it is clearly obvious to anyone that America is in a recession. Shocking news right?
There has been talk about how we might be reaching Great Depression levels of joblessness. In fact, according to an article published by Reuters, these job parallels might not be so ridiculous. If unemployment was tallied the same way as it was in the 1930’s, the rate would be closer to 16.5 percent. What would cause this dramatic different in the unemployment rate? Simple. The way the government tallies it is different. Under President LBJ, the government, in all its might and glory, decided that individuals who stopped looking for work for more than a year were simply not part of the labor force anymore. Economists are saying that the joblessness could reach up to 11 percent, and under Great Depression tallying, it could match, maybe even top 25 percent, the unemployment rate in the Great Depression.
But you know what, who really cares about that anyway. We hear about the recession constantly, you turn on CNBC and that is one hell of a major topic. So, we here at Partially Bigoted Zealots, or PBZ as the cool kids are calling it (please don’t call us that…) have decided to take the high road. What could we possibly mean by that, you ask? Why, more news on Sarah Palin, of course! America’s favorite lipsticked pig of a hockey mom and governor of Alaska’s crystal meth capital (yes, even though Obama has been nominated President, we still have to find ways to bring down Mrs. Palin) has accused the media of frequently taking any and everything she said out of context. Which, to be quite honest was pretty easy. She goes on further to say many reporters would pursue “erroneous and often outrageous leads on a variety of non-issues”. She also blames independent bloggers, calling us responsible for the perpetuation of and giving credence to the allegation that Trig was not her child.
Disclaimer: Partially Bigoted Zealots have never made such incredulous claims. Your editors here hold ourselves to an oath of practical bias and only delivering slightly sensationalized news. Muckracking is our hobby, not our job. This blog is our job, not our hobby.
“As a public official, I expect criticism and I expect to be held accountable for how I govern, but the personal, salacious nature of recent reporting, and often the refusal of the media to correct obvious mistakes, unfortunately discredits too many in journalism today, making it difficult for many Americans to believe what they see in the media.”
This comes not long after Palin commented on the how the media might cover Caroline Kennedy and her candidacy for Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat. Palin said in the comments that the Kennedy coverage had been comparatively “soft” to her own experience, and hoped to point out a possible “class issue” involved with media coverage. So we must ask the question. Is the media biased? Obviously. By the way, Gov. Palin quickly explained her remarks, saying;
“I was not commenting at all on Caroline Kennedy as a prospective U.S. senator, but rather on the seemingly arbitrary ways in which news organizations determine the level and kind of scrutiny given to those who aspire to public office. In fact, I consider Ms. Kennedy qualified and experienced, and she could serve New York well.”
And this is not the only Palin news out there right now. An Alaskan newspaper reported saying that Gov. Palin allegedly used “improper influence” and delayed the drug related arrest warrant of Levi Johnson, baby daddy to Bristol’s child, Tripp. However, this was quickly recanted by the newspaper.
It is so easy and clear to see the media loves making a mess of things, it’s what they do best. Muckraking and wrecking havoc, that is. I wish I could say this entire post would be wrapped up in some conclusion that would enlighten our readers, and even ourselves, but alas, it does not. In fact, I’ve been trying to write one, as seen from the terrible few sentences above, but the only conclusion I can give you is this.
I don’t really care.