William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Thursday, 23, October, 2008

Orson Scott Card Tells It Like it Is

Filed under: Social Commentary — williamthecoroner @ 16:15

In THIS article.

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If you had any personal honor, each reporter and editor would be insisting on telling the truth — even if it hurts the election chances of your favorite candidate.

Because that’s what honorable people do.  Honest people tell the truth even when they don’t like the probable consequences.  That’s what honesty means .  That’s how trust is earned.

Barack Obama is just another politician, and not a very wise one.  He has revealed his ignorance and naivete time after time — and you have swept it under the rug, treated it as nothing.

Meanwhile, you have participated in the borking of Sarah Palin, reporting savage attacks on her for the pregnancy of her unmarried daughter — while you ignored the story of John Edwards’s own adultery for many months.

So I ask you now: Do you have any standards at all?  Do you even know what honesty means?

Is getting people to vote for Barack Obama so important that you will throw away everything that journalism is supposed to stand for?

You might want to remember the way the National Organization of Women threw away their integrity by supporting Bill Clinton despite his well-known pattern of sexual exploitation of powerless women.  Who listens to NOW anymore?  We know they stand for nothing; they have no principles.

Mr. Card and I disagree on a lot of things, but two men of good will may hold different opinions and still disagree. He’s right in this instance. It is quite obvious that Barack Obama has not had to undergo critical scrutiny. That’s condescending and does HIM a disservice. If his ideals and ideas cannot hold up to critical scrutiny, there’s a problem. If you won’t give them critical scrutiny because of his ethnic background? You’re condescending, patronizing, and racist.

We’ve gone so far in this country, that a person of colour can be a legitimate candidate for president. If you’re not willing to look beyond his colour at his policies and his character? You’re in the tank, and shouldn’t pretend to be objective.

As Card pointed out in Ender’s Game, we all get manipulated. It’s the human condition. I want to be manipulated by people who care about me and have my best interests at heart. I trust my family. I DON’T trust the media.


  1. AMEN Brother… Well said!

    Comment by Old NFO — Thursday, 23, October, 2008 @ 19:30 | Reply

  2. I think the conservative blogs/pundits/news channels are doing all they can to do that. The balances are all there. In my opinion, the reason Palin gets more attention right now because shes more side-show attraction than VP candidate. All she needs is a beard. The channels are just giving the audience what they want.

    As far as the Edwards case goes, basically no one was covering it. It’s kind of pointless and petty since he wasn’t a candidate. Dont news channels get criticized for publishing this stuff. Seems like a damned if you do, damned if you dont situation. Also the conservatives also avoided giving too much coverage of the news since McCain’s family life wasn’t exactly “clean” for politics.

    Comment by Kevin — Friday, 24, October, 2008 @ 02:37 | Reply

  3. OSC is somewhat socialist for my taste, but that does prevent
    him from being right on occasion. This is one of these occasions.
    I’d happily buy him dinner to say thanks for voicing my thoughts so well.

    Comment by Carteach0 — Friday, 24, October, 2008 @ 05:15 | Reply

  4. Orson Scott Card is a well known Science Fiction writer come to writing editorial only in the last few years. He’s much more open to opposing argument than the usual Democrat you’ll find in the press.

    He’s one Democrat I can respect even if I don’t agree with all of his politics.

    Comment by Crucis — Friday, 24, October, 2008 @ 12:20 | Reply

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