As a grass-roots activist, I derive a certain amount of pleasure when I see political strategists and columnists falling all over themselves while responding to one television commercial. The Obama campaign and a certain L.A. Times writer have recently gone to great lengths to convince America that there’s a boogeyman behind the scenes. I can see why the president needs to run for cover, but why the media panic attacks?
A recent opinion piece by Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times exposes his own bitter bias as he rails against Americans for Prosperity’s recent message. While ignoring the fact our government is giving billions in handouts to foreign companies and heading us straight into financial Armageddon, his column is fixated on just who AFP is and who is funding them.
McManus claims the spot is filled with deception, but leaves many truths on the table. Conveniently, he ignores the fact that SunPower, which was given $1.2 billion in loan guarantees by the U.S. government, is owned by a French oil company. He also didn’t bother mentioning that Fisker was given a half-billion-dollar loan by the U.S. Department of Energy, based on a promise to start building cars in Delaware instead of Finland. Those workers Fisker did hire in Delaware have now mostly been laid off.
Instead of reporting on this gross taxpayer abuse, McManus is infatuated by a “shadowy” group exposing government waste. He opines that it might all be the work of those evil Koch brothers, who dare challenge our president’s spin with fact. The defensive, desperate responses by both the Obama campaign and the L.A. Times writer suggest that this brilliant commercial has struck a nerve, and rightfully so. AFP exposes the continued crony corporate welfare and selective redistribution policies of this administration.
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