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Are CNN Correspondents Operating as Impartial Witnesses?
Posted By: J. A. Faulkerson on October 09, 2009

CNN's reporting of President Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize is horrible. Their correspondents are projecting an attitude that contends he is undeserving of the award because he has only been in office for nine months. But how can a man be undeserving of the Nobel Peace Prize when his whole post-graduate life has been dedicated to helping people help themselves? We must all remember that he was a community organizer long before he was elected to the United States Senate and American presidency. He is, and always has been, a proponent of national and international peace.

My prayer is that CNN will spend more time listening to Americans who understand the importance of this moment. Ever since America responded to the 9-11 attacks eight years ago by taking military action in Afghanistan and Iraq, the world has been in a state of moral decline. Some would argue that the pace of this decline has quickened. Add the Bush Administration's blatant lies to the mix, and you begin to see that this Republican president allowed partisan politics to influence his decision to begin two wars that will never be won under his leadership, or the leadership of any future president.

We all agree that President Obama has yet to accomplish his lofty goals. But we Americans must also agree that we have a stake in whether he achieves these same goals. When media outlets like CNN constantly sensationalize the negative without giving credence to the positive, they impair American's willingness to work diligently with President Obama to achieve the established goals. More importantly, though, their correspondents don't operate as impartial witnesses to history; they manipulate us into taking sides.

But the side that needs to be taken is the one that is right. Yes, right does depend on one's worldview, but who prefers bomb attacks over world peace? No one, I hope. The right thing to do in this case is to engage in activities that lead to most, if not all, of the things that President Obama has set into motion through his righteous words and deeds. If we Americans don't get on board with President Obama, then our country is going to be worse off than it was after Republican President George W. Bush left office.

One of America's greatest strengths has been the way it is viewed by the world citizenry. The world's negative perception of America is slowly being melted away, being replaced by a more positive perception. I think this more positive perception is a tribute to President Obama's charisma, his willingness to be the kind of chief diplomat that shows us how to love our families (fellow Americans) and neighbors (foreigners) again.

But Republican senators and representatives are even trying to undermine President Obama's efforts on the world stage. I have heard reports about Congressmen refuting reports about global warming/climate change. Sarah Palin even stated her opposition to President Obama's policies during a speech she delivered in Hong Kong, China. Such behavior is somewhat unprecedented, but it is a sign that the Republican Party is focused more on scare tactics (in this country and abroad) than helping America and the world recover from the Bush Years (2000-2008).

President Barack Obama is not a tyrant or a socialist; he is a concerned citizen of the world working with like-minded individuals to rebuild the global village.

What do you think?

I look forward to reading your response.

Jeffery A. Faulkerson, MSSW
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Jon C.
Benefits Management Analyst at State of Ohio
I definitely agree... we're going to see a lot of media slant and hype around this. And I do acknowledge that I was very surprised to see Obama nominated for a Nobel prize this early in his term.

However, impact isn't always defined by an event. Dr. Martin Luther King, the last African-American Nobel Prize recipient, did not live to see the end of racism, or the progress made since then. He did, however, challenge a worldview that was causing great conflict and damage to humanity and I believe that Obama can also fit into this mold.

My thoughts:
Friday, October 9th 2009 at 1:50PM

Business/Systems Analyst at MITC
I think it’s absolutely shameful that CNN and others are attempting to downgrade this significant recognition of President Obama. When has a sitting US president ever been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize? It’s an incredible accomplishment, but instead of celebrating that, they are trying to trash it.

I recall when President Bush and his administration led the march to war in Iraq based on incredible, proven lies and falsehoods. The news media, CNN included, shouted down anyone who would so much as question the wisdom of such a move, even hinting at “treason.” Yet, here they are leading the way in trashing our president at a time of worldwide recognition and achievement. What is wrong with these people?

All that said, this is not about how long Obama has been in office, or what he has done legislatively while there. No, this is about exactly what the Nobel committee said it was. To wit:

“Members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee said their choice could be seen as an early vote of confidence in Obama intended to build global support for his policies. They lauded the change in global mood wrought by Obama's calls for peace and cooperation, and praised his pledges to reduce the world stock of nuclear arms, ease American conflicts with Muslim nations and strengthen the U.S. role in combating climate change.”

If you consider the reason the committee gave the award to Obama its clear he deserved it. Obama has let it be known that the US will rejoin the community of nations. His speech in Egypt earlier this year was lauded by many as a sea change in direction from where we were just a year ago under Bush. He’s shown the world that the “with us, or against us,” “axis of evil,” “talk to no one unless they agree with us” attitude is a thing of the past, and that the US will lead by example again, not by bullying.

It’s interesting that the same people who cheered when we did not get the Olympics, because Obama was involved, are trashing him now when he has “won.” This just goes to show that the opinions of these people are without merit, and is only about the axe they have to grind over the fact that Obama IS the President.

Friday, October 9th 2009 at 1:58PM
Steve Williams
None at None
It is a relative minor point in this discussion, but on global warming, Michael Crichton's book State of Fear is most illuminating.
Friday, October 9th 2009 at 2:33PM

Business/Systems Analyst at MITC
Al Gore weighs in:

“Former vice president and Nobel Laureate Al Gore is calling President Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize win extremely well deserved and an honor for the country.”

“Gore shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his work on global warming. He said Friday that what Obama has accomplished already is going to be far more appreciated in the eyes of history. Gore specifically cited Obama's United Nations speech on abolishing nuclear weapons, his shifting of the missile defense program in Eastern Europe and Russia joining with the United States and other countries to confront Iran on nuclear nonproliferation.”

“Gore delivered his remarks Friday at the Society of Environmental Journalists conference in Madison, Wis.”

Friday, October 9th 2009 at 2:52PM
robert powell
co-owner at self
Our Leader President Baraka Hussein Obama is the Greatest USA President of all Time.
I, was shown thru media and opinion since September 2008--that the world was at the brink of the Greatest Depression of all Time.
Had that happened the peacefullness of Philly, Paris, Perth, Pompei, or any other city in the world would have been rattled into hopeless and probably a lot of violence.
President Baraka Hussein Obama visited the continents, eased the burdens of nations, and Implemented the largest Financial Stimulus of all Time.
This accomplishment is more than Worthy of 2009 Noble Peace Prize Honoree.
Congratulations to the Leader we have been waiting for-
Friday, October 9th 2009 at 6:34PM
UC, Davis class of 1992
Has anyone called, emailed, written CNN that the African-American also understand that until they CNN is able to admit that African-Americans exist that are not in jail, on drugs, school drop outs then maybe they will be more able to accept our president a Black man is fully qualified to recieve some respect even if it is only by a country that is not the United states of America...the Melding pot and with Democracy for anyone to be all that they can be...because as we all know they have no idea about any thing positive in our community....and it is not their fault, we still pay cable to bring this mess into our homes therefore as long as what they are doing works for them then why should they change it!!!!(smile)
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