Yet another member of the mainstream news media has joined the Barack Obama administration.
Former Chicago Tribune reporter Jill Zuckman will now be working as public affairs director for the Department of Transportation and assistant to Secretary Ray LaHood. Zuckman is not the first Tribune reporter to take a job in the Obama administration. Peter Gosselin is now a speechwriter for Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner.
Media analyst Bob Knight, a senior fellow at the American Civil Rights Union, notes that many journalists have been open in their support of President Obama -- and Zuckman, he says, is simply making it public and official.
"While she was with the Chicago Tribune, she was always shilling for Obama. In July, for instance, on MSNBC, she said that folks are equally impressed with John McCain's POW story and Obama's community organizing -- how they're both great American stories and they're pretty much equally impressive," he notes. "You know, with that kind of support, she should make the transition [to the Obama administration] pretty easily."
During the presidential campaign, former network news reporter Linda Douglass served as a senior campaign strategist and spokesperson for Obama. In addition, former TIME magazine DC bureau chief Jay Carney is now Vice President Joe Biden's communications director.
Also, CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta is reportedly among President Obama's top choices to become the next surgeon general.
Jim Brown - OneNewsNow - 2/19/2009 7:00:00 AM
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No one with even the smallest, tiniest modicum of awareness and sense of honesty should be surprised by this. It took absolutely no time at all for any thinking person to realize that the so-called "mainstream" media had decided who would be the next President of the United States.
To see now that the payback has started should not be a surprise to anyone.
What should frighten us all -- at least those of us who still believe in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights -- is the realization that the only protection We the People have against Presidential abuses -- the Senate and the House -- are almost to a man in full support of Mr. Obama's plans. In the case of the Republican House and Senate members who stood strong against the fear tactics and threats of the left, we must hope and pray (while prayer is still allowed) that those members will find the intestinal fortitude to continue to stand strong against these internal threats and dangers, if only on principle.
In spite of the fears I clearly expressed in this publication since last year, I never imagined so much harm would occur so quickly and in such an overwhelmingly destructive manner.
We the People must now get ourselves over our shock and start to work towards the 2010 mid-term elections. No mid-terms will have ever been -- nor will ever be -- as important to our Country's present and future as these elections will be.
Copyright, MCzwz, All Rights Reserved. February 2009.