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Saturday, September 06, 2008

A Big Cedarburg Welcome to the National Media

By Keith R. Schmitz

Don't know why this didn't make it into the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, but the national media got a real taste of Ozaukee County hospitality, intelligence and self preservation.

According to the Washington Times (of all people!):
Hundreds of angry people in this small town outside Milwaukee taunted reporters and TV crews traveling with Sen. John McCain on Friday, chanting "Be fair!" and pointing fingers at a pack of journalists as they booed loudly.

On the first leg of the "McCain Street USA" tour -- which will take the Republican presidential nominee and his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, to small towns across the heartland -- the 30 or so reporters and crew were walking back to their buses to join the McCain motorcade when hundreds of townspeople started yelling.

"Stop lying! You are all liars! Tell the truth!" one woman yelled from the front of the pack.

The crowd was not menacing or threatening, but was clearly angry.
How ironic. After just being treated to about 15 minutes of non-stop lying by Caribou Barbie about how she stopped the bridge to nowhere when she didn't, and how she fought pork but gobbled it down to point of elevated cholesterol, the crowd demanded that the press should stop doing the job that the McCain didn't do in the first place. Don't forget that McCain as well was serving up whoppers (do you want fries with that?) in front of the Chocolate Factory.

News to you folks. As much as you desperately want to love these two the lies won't clean up the economy, make Washington run better or get us an energy policy. Yeah, politicians can stretch things but this duo does hits prevarication homers while others just bunt.

There is this freedom of the press thing in the Constitution. It can be threatened by more than just the government, and that includes a sector of the population that demands their right to not know.

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