I had some sense that media was slanted against the current Administration, but thought that maybe that was my own bias.
Now I see that Robert Watson did the research, and looks like he's right. The current White House has gotten a lot done, but the press focuses on fake controversy, even giving time to people who they know will mislead.
He has a long list at Prof Robert P Waton's list of President Obama's accomplishments so far..
offering him a grade, I put together a list of his accomplishments thus
far. I think you would agree that it is very impressive. His first six
months have been even more active than FDRs or LBJs the two standards
for such assessments. Yet, there is little media attention given to
much of what he has done. Of late, the media is focusing almost
exclusively on Obama's critics, without holding them responsible for
the uncivil, unconstructive tone of their disagreements or without
holding the previous administration responsible for getting us in such
a deep hole. The misinformation and venom that now passes for political
reporting and civic debate is beyond description.
As such, there
is a need to set the record straight. What most impresses me is the
fact that Obama has accomplished so much not from a heavy-handed or
top-down approach but from a style that has institutionalized efforts
to reach across the aisle, encourage vigorous debate, and utilize town
halls and panels of experts in the policy-making process. Beyond the
accomplishments, the process is good for democracy and our democratic
processes have been battered and bruised in recent years.
- Ordered all federal agencies to undertake a study and make recommendations for ways to cut spending
- Ordered a review of all federal operations to identify and cut wasteful spending and practices
- Instituted enforcement for equal pay for women
- Beginning the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq
- Families of fallen soldiers have expenses covered to be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB
- Ended media blackout on war casualties; reporting full information
media blackout on covering the return of fallen soldiers to Dover AFB;
the media is now permitted to do so pending adherence to respectful
rules and approval of fallen soldier's family
… and there's lot more beyond that.
What's the deal?