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Feb 17, 2007

Osama bin Times? Or, bin TIME?

Lede-Obama

"Part of a bizarre image that Alexandre Batlle, of Miami Beach, Fla., hoped to put on T-shirts after registering Obama bin Laden as a trademark. His application was flatly refused last week."

-- Caption accompanying illustration (above) at NYT "The Lede" blog.

The blogosphere grew up with the keenest focus on a weak-kneed MSM.  But now, who's keeping an eye on those proliferating, sharp elbowed MSM blogs?

Literally tossing print baggage overboard to boost their web presence, "old media" conglomerates like TIME and the NYT's are paddling like mad to establish their own beach front  property in the blogosphere before it's too late.  And what's one quick way to make it happen? How about leveraging your brand, and your more upstanding credentials, with the kind of gawkerish sleaze lining the political bottom of the indie-web?  (And, of course, doing it visually.)

Take last week, for example.

First, the NYT Lede blog, written by (or "with") Tom Zeller Jr., gave a platform to some no-name t-shirt maker with a nuisance trademark petition (which was vehemently denied) to splash a blown-up portion of an ugly cartoon image on their blog.

Fast on their heels, TIME did their own racial pandering in the name of boosting eyeballs and lowering mindshare.  Picking up the drumbeat was a blog-offering called "Swampland," produced by TIME and billed as "covering politics in the nation's capital."  (In essence, it's really a TIME/Wonkette blog, however, since -- in addition to TIME political writers Joe Klein and Karen Tumulty -- it features TIME's Washington Editor, Ana Marie Cox.) (Yep, Washington Editor.)

Dredging this swamp, Ms. Cox, herself, wrote their Obama slash piece, reproducing a misprinted NYPost headline in which that paper, apparently also infected with the not-so-subliminal hate bug, ran a headline alluding to Barack Obama as "Osama."  Just for good measure though, the Swamp also scanned the facing page, the first column picturing some black man accused of a petty crime alongside a large partial image of a black women in a swim suit top.  Oh, those criminally-minded but alluring blacks!

Not that they wanted to drive home the mistaken inference, but Cox titled the piece "Osama Strikes Again" -- highlighting "Osama" with a strike-through.

And I thought, in my post the other day, that Obama's biggest problem would be his mixed-race.  Considering this visual treatment at the hands of desperate-to-rise and suddenly morally-unregulated MSM blogs, however, it seems having a father from Kenya (born on almost the same continent as bin Laden, right?) and a middle name reminiscent of one of America's formerly-favorite dictators, is just too irresistible not to exploit.

(image: thelede.blogs.nytimes.com via Obamabinladen.net)

Comments

I am so sick of the junior high tactics of the GOP and their c*ck-sucking media.

It will be interesting to find out whom this serves the best...Hillary Clinton or the Republicans hoping to run against her, rather than against Mr. Barack Obama.

The root problem for us regular folk or, at least the ones brave enough to pull the curtain to the side to reveal Frank Morgan at the controls, is that they're ALL THE SAME.

Democrats and Republicans are identical/interchangeable. Both these parties are so entrenched/indebted to the same power brokers that they are virtually indistinguishable. Oh sure, they have their nuanced talking points on the war, taxes, spending/budget, education, economy, gays or whatever voter baiting issue/flavor of the day is hot along with their rabid bases who are so far to the left or right that they really make no difference in actual national policy other than to keep the most stringent viewpoints always in play/debated/subject to ridicule by the other party in the never ending/continual effort to MOVE THE MIDDLE but, the differences are all so very slight and the policy/actions so nonexistent as to make this a nation of ONE party... the MONEY Party...

For example, look at the non-binding resolution against the 'Bush Surge' similar to the Republican grandstanding initiative against Clinton's Balkan War policy. It is toothless pandering/exercise in futility to calm the Democrats' base and those of us who sent an overwhelmingly clear message in November to GET OUT OF IRAQ NOW!!! But, nothing will be done and Bush will push forward unabated in Iraq to Iran and beyond and the Democrats will moan/groan each and every ENABLING step along the way especially, Hilary and Obama. A true opposition party in power would block the escalation and end the Iraq War NOW but, not in the USA. The Democrats and Republicans are in cahoots... the money is too good... and if voted out of office like Rick Santorum (R-PA) there is more money to be be made working as a free agent for the power brokers.

Now back to Hilary who voted for the Iraq War Resolution as one of the Gutless 77 not as one of the Fearless 23 (GOD BLESS YOU JAMES JEFFORDS I-VT) but, she is now against the Iraq War purely for political expediency and refuses to admit she made a mistake with her enabling vote. She in no way is going to push to end the Iraq War as she cannot afford to be seen as weak on defense. Her triangulation/message is instead to increase the fighting in Afghanistan a war we are on the verge of now losing. Hilary is nothing more than Republican Lite and her husband 'Dollar' Bill is an Elephant through and through especially now, since leaving office as George HW Bush's favorite adopted son.

As for Barack Obama he is a good man of great convictions and has stood steadfast against the war from day one. He is much admired from this end but, he carries too much baggage including past heavy drug use/abuse which he is now putting out in front for media consumption in order to diffuse this massive hurdle. Also, Obama has no real or innovative ideas any different from those already proposed by others. For example, his Iraq policy is Jack Murtha's. An Obama nomination will MOVE THE MIDDLE right and if Nader runs will hand the White House to the Republicans once again.

There is no alternative to the ONE PARTY SYSTEM. The USA is caught in a more of the same conundrum. Do not expect Hilary or Obama to change the dynamics one iota. The cartoon above could just of as easily been filled with the faces of any of the 17 Republicans who signed onto the non-binding 'Bush Surge' resolution but the right-tarded jackboots beat the left-tarded moonbats to the idea. As a nation we are sunk unless we follow the words of Thomas Jefferson "The tree of liberty must be watered periodically with the blood of tyrants and patriots alike. It is its natural manure" are realized at the polls.

The time has come to VOTE THEM ALL OUT!!! In 2008 do not vote for any Democrat or Republican. Vote third party only, even if it is a wasted vote.

The Repug machine - ooops, I meant the Republican machine are inmoral. Their interest lies only in how to fill their pockets with other peoples goods. If whoring their own mother brought them wealth, they would do it. Actually, they probably have already done that. To them, it's not about advancing mankind but to advance themselves.

idiotic hallucinations of the cow states


why do we waste our time (here) with this kind of drivel, or ~ for that matter ~ caricatures of Mr. Bush, etc.? c'mon, Michael, pull us up outta this kinda muck :-/

Obama and Clinton both look happy and playfull. It's a cute cartoon. The picture of bush as Osama was much angier.

I can't get very upset about it.

Lima,

Don't be duped. You're way too smart for that. Democrats are hand holders for Republicans as you will see in the next (90-120) days. The US will attack Iran with the most lethal force ever seen in the history of the planet which will include nuclear strikes. The Democrats know these plans full well/in advance and have done absolutely nothing to prevent it's unfolding. This is why the non-binding resolution was presented as mere token resistance. They are complicit to what will be the greatest mass murder of civilians ever initiated. 1944-5 Japan will appear as a tea party compared to what is in store for Tehran and the rest of the world. The forces are in place and not one Democrat including, Barack Obama who is privy to the most secret of DoD operational objectives, has voiced opposition. Total silence... why? The NWO is now unstoppable/underway and we as Americans have been the enablers. To believe that the Democrat Party is somehow holier than Republicans is a fatal error in judgment as you will see. Everybody wants to rule the world and now is the time for the USA and Israel to bring theory into reality and to fruition.

Hilary/Obama/2008 elections are not in the cards. The USA witnessed it's last Presidential election ever in 2004. There will never be another. The world will change in ways none of us ever imagined and GWB will be the last US President. It is much easier being a dictator and he will be the planets first in a long line of many.

So Patrick in a nutshell you are saying there's going to be a 'bear' market sometime in the next 90 to 120 days. Any way to narrow down the time parameters?

Silver lining and all that.
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If Obama campaign is going to be sunk by cartoons like this it's only because he can't get his message across.
What is his message by the way?
Hillary's campaign will spontaneously combust after New Hampshire results are in.

Tempest,

It appears that we could see some sort of activity against Iran in the April-May time period. All indicators show, at the very least, an air campaign against strategic military targets in country. The US has surrounded Iran with fully manned/equipped secure bases (three in Azerbaijan alone that equal anything in Europe), GWB is priming the pump in series of speeches equating Iran with violence in Iraq/destabilization/supplying arms directly killing US troops, Cheney is again saber rattling and Gates/Rice/Snow are in full denial mode just like the lead in to the Iraq War, the 21,500 troop 'Surge' will be complete, al-Sadr is/was just in Iran, US Navy/Marine leadership for the first time in history is in command positions at NATO, Pentagon, SAC and CENTCOM (Admiral William Fallon/General James Cartwright) to lead Marine ground battalions along with amphibious assault units (USS Boxer, Bataan, Kearsarge, Bonhomme Richard, Peleliu, Wasp and Iwo Jima), Navy strikes by unknown number of Trident attack submarines, Diego Garcia with an influx of B-52's from US (Barksdale/Minot) and B-2's (Whitman)... Boeing insiders for example have stated that production of GBU-39 'bunker busters' equipped with advanced GPS devoted to increased firepower in B-2/B-52 for targeting 150 to 300 individual points within a meter of accuracy and nuclear armed cruise missiles have been sourced since 2003... two carrier task forces USS John C. Stennis and Dwight D. Eisenhower easily supported within the next 30-45 days by the USS Reagan, Harry S. Truman, Theodore Roosevelt and Nimitz is unprecedented for all carrier groups to be active concurrently at sea, additional Patriot anti-missile batteries deployed and the recent Brit crack down in Basra closing Iranian frontier/ increased number of mine sweepers in Persian Gulf.

The US has been at war with Iran since 1979, in the preparation phase for three years/operational phase for two directing Kurd proxies against Iranian forces fighting a low level/vastly under reported border war in the north, moving Special Forces in/out of Iran at will especially, in provinces where dissatisfaction with the Ayatollahs is highest, reports of satellite repositioning concentrating on the Persian Gulf and the recent raids/arrests of Iranians in Iraq.

As I write, the FOX News gangsters are in attack mode against Iran/IED's and calling for massive military retaliation. FOX News the former home of Tony Snow has Charles Krauthammer (WaPO) and William Kristol (Weekly Standard) providing cover once again for BushCo. as we spread democracy at the point of a bayonet. I could be wrong but, all indicators point to some sort of military response soon. Just to keep two carrier battle groups on line in the Gulf is a massive cost and neither group has been involved in Iraq operations. Why? The hope that air strikes will raise the masses against the mullahs did not work as planned in Saddam's Iraq so why are the Democrats willingly allowing the neocons to gamble in performing their ill-magic on Iran?

It is the same old story... the fight for oil resources, unchallenged security of Israel (no more summers in Lebanon's ever again), the final solution to the 'Arab Problem' and most importantly a reshaping of the American landscape in the neocon/corporatist image (how dare the voters take control of the November polls as they did in '06 and it's time for the 220 year old US Constitution to undergo a thorough/much needed rewrite)...

Stay tuned... The worst is yet to come...

This image is deeply offensive. It is the sort of thing that the simple, aggressive conservative mind finds funny--Obama rhymes with Osama, heh!--but, like jokes about people getting bopped on the head or racial slurs, it is more ugly than witty.

And it's a two-fer. They get to paint Obama as a Arab terrorist AND they get to brutalize Hillary Clinton--let's put her neck in a noose, lets put her on a leash, heh! What it has to do with politics, I don't know. The fact that it is coming from blogs sponsored by the MSM is disappointing; Despite all the evidence, we cling to the hope that one day the MSM will wake up to its responsibility as the fourth estate provide some objectivity.

The Ana Marie Cox thing is fascinating...the choice to reprint the entire page, with the black thug and the sexy black woman. Did she not "see" the context?

I second MonsieurGonzo's emotion.

And I don't really see any of this as particularly "Republican", nor is it an "MSM" thing. From over here it just looks---smells---typically American. I suppose the people working over at the MSM are pretty ordinary. Just doing their jobs. A modest proposal: we really need to lose the erroneous Democrat/Republican dichotomy, stop fretting about "the MSM", and face the problems a bit more honestly.

Powell, Rice, and Obama

birth pangs, painful blots, and dumb wars

Is this the kind of black power the US wants ?

In a 2005 interview with ABC-News interviewer Barbara Walters, Powell said the speech (UN charade) was a "blot" on his record, and "I'm the one who presented it to the world, and [it] will always be part of my record. It was painful. It is painful now."

Condoleezza Rice has described the plight of Lebanon as a part of the "birth pangs of a new Middle East" and said that Israel should ignore calls for a ceasefire. This is a different Middle East. It's a new Middle East. It's hard, We're going through a very violent time."

At his core, Obama is not opposed to U.S. violations of other nations' sovereignty; he simply opposes "dumb wars" - as he told a reporter for the Chicago Reader - meaning, aggressions executed by less-than-bright American Commanders-in-Chief. U.S.-designated "interests," not adherence to international law, are paramount... http://www.counterpunch.org/ford02162007.html

Powell, Rice, and Obama

birth pangs, painful blots, and dumb wars

Is this the kind of black power the US wants ?

In a 2005 interview with ABC-News interviewer Barbara Walters, Powell said the speech (UN charade) was a "blot" on his record, and "I'm the one who presented it to the world, and [it] will always be part of my record. It was painful. It is painful now."

Condoleezza Rice has described the plight of Lebanon as a part of the "birth pangs of a new Middle East" and said that Israel should ignore calls for a ceasefire. This is a different Middle East. It's a new Middle East. It's hard, We're going through a very violent time."

At his core, Obama is not opposed to U.S. violations of other nations' sovereignty; he simply opposes "dumb wars" - as he told a reporter for the Chicago Reader - meaning, aggressions executed by less-than-bright American Commanders-in-Chief. U.S.-designated "interests," not adherence to international law, are paramount... http://www.counterpunch.org/ford02162007.html

American mainstream media and their blogs = dumb and dumber

But were we really expecting something better? Were we really expecting bloggers with meager credentials and even meagerer talent to reform journalism?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ana_Marie_Cox

God, I hope not.

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