Imagine, if you will, that you are interested in knowing how the US is perceived by foreigners. Imagine that you want to know how the current US Presidential is perceived by foreigners. There is and it sickens me. Either the writer is trying to expose an innocently flawed program or there is purposeful ongoing malfeasance.
ForeignPolicy.com just published a piece by Josh Rogin titled “State Department international convention guests all support Obama“. The title of the piece is obviously good news or bad news for the two political parties, but that is not what is disturbing to me.
First, the title is misleading. In the first paragraph the title becomes moot.
Every single one of them interviewed by The Cable prefers President Barack Obama over GOP candidate Mitt Romney.
“Every single one of them interviewed” is not the same as all.
Later in the article the hypothesis is reinforced.
The Cable asked the State Department contractor in charge of the program, Karen Shatin, what she thought about the fact that all the guests seem to be Obama supporters. She said there were some right-leaning guests who were just not around at the moment.
She said the trip has convinced her to support Obama over Romney and most of the other State Department guests feel the same way.
See that word most? It might be better said as most or many but hindsight is 20/20, eh? Okay, I’ll chalk that up to an unfortunate choice of words. Actually, scratch that. The title is just plain bad journalism.
We saw how many lies the Republicans tell. We watch Politifact and we saw how they lie and if you tell lies you don’t deserve to become president,” he said, referring to the independent fact-checking website Politifact.com.
Politifact.com is being widely excoriated for what many consider a left-leaning bias. Check out the links below. This is probably just one shot in a series of artillery exchanges in the fact-checker wars of 2012. …and we want to expose foreign youth to this, the worst part of American politics?
The guests’ experiences were colored by the fact that the State Department couldn’t get them actual credentials to enter the arena in Tampa, so they had to watch the convention events on a television and get periodic briefings from GOP officials. They do have credentials here in Charlotte and are looking forward to attending Obama’s speech Thursday.
I’m sure whoever had the mission to obtain tickets gave equal efforts to both conventions, in fact I’m sure they gave more than equal treatment to both. Hint, this is a subtle reference to the book Animal Farm. My assumption is reinforced here in this statement attributed to Gobi Alam from Bangladesh. “He said he is also supporting Obama, partially because he thought the Republicans didn’t treat him and the rest of the group well in Tampa.”
One of the Republicans who did meet with the group was…
So, a State Department contractor parks these kids in a place outside the convention and then manages to get a Republican in to speak with the group? The implication to the participants is clear, ‘the Republicans don’t like you’. No wonder these kids don’t like Republicans. Intentional? I’m sure it wasn’t. Hint, sarcasm.
Despite all the negatives associated with the journalistic aspects of this article, credit must be given to the International Visitor Leadership Program, which is part of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. To bring young foreigners to the United States and expose them to our process where we choose our possible future President is an awesome experience.
Next time, however, make sure these young ambassadors and perhaps future foreign leaders receive equal treatment by both parties. One could make the inference that the contractor, the program or possibly the leadership had a political agenda. Can anyone spell political appointee?
- Politifact’s 2011 “Lie Of The Year” Still Being Used By Obama (virginiavirtucon.wordpress.com)
- “Fact Checker” Repeals The Laws Of Supply And Demand: The Bias Of PolitiFact (openmarket.org)
- PolitiFact reviews the Marco Rubio file (miamiherald.typepad.com)
- ‘In Their Faces’: Republicans Borrow Page from Obama’s Book, Will Stage Counter Convention in Charlotte (breitbart.com)
- Op-Ed Columnist: The G.O.P. Fact Vacuum (nytimes.com)
- Snarking and shaming: Conservatives slam fact-choking PolitiFact for lying about Janesville plant (twitchy.com)
- Is PolitiFact campaigning for Obama? (hotair.com)
- PolitiFact bias: Does the GOP tell nine times more lies than left? Really? (humanevents.com)
- PolitiFact Rates Harry Reid’s Allegations Against Romney As ‘Pants On Fire’ (mediaite.com)
- Fact Checkers Need to Check Their Facts (theblaze.com)