Is this a joke?

As previously posted here at Young Americans for Liberty, ABC will not only be broadcasting from the White House in an effort to push national healthcare, but is also refusing to represent any sort of opposition during this programming. But wait, there’s room for more in this media-government bed of sin!  NBC’s Tom Brokaw will be joining the likes of Tom Daschle on the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. While this may not seem like the end of the world and is not by itself enough to accuse Obama of attempting to foster what essentially is state media, it makes up an element of a significant body of evidence which shows just how much government involvement there now is in our media.

The commission exists to recommend selections to President Obama to serve as White House Fellows.  I won’t say it’s indoctrination, simply because the majority of the people who will be attaining these positions will have already been heavily indoctrinated, thus it would be beside the point.

Aside from the Brokaw issue, this is an amazing example of how President Obama’s words really don’t even apparently need to correspond to reality.  They just have to sound good.

In the release announcing the commission, Obama states, “These leaders are diverse [this word means nothing], non-partisan [see below], and committed to mentoring our next generation of public servants [may their reign last forever]. I’m confident that they will select a class of White House Fellows that demonstrate extraordinary leadership, strong character, and a deep commitment to serving their country [breeding statists, apparently we’re in short supply].”

Regardless of whether or not these people are “non-partisan” (which they’re not) it’s pretty certain that they’re all “pro-government.”  Here’s just a few examples:

John R. Phillips — A lawyer who has diligently worked to protect the government against fraud by reforming the Federal False Claims Act.  Bravo sir, they certainly need more legal protection.

Cheryl Dorsey — The Special Assistant to the Director of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau.  Enough said.

John Berry — The Director of the Office of Personnel Management, and a past key player in managing federal employees and the civil service.  His greatest achievement is when he was — and I quote – “…appointed Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget, where he focused on employee partnerships, worklife issues for employees and reversing years of decline by achieving one of the largest budgetary increases in the Department’s 150-year history.”  Bravo, sir, for achieving the amazing goal of….receiving a job via government appointment and then getting more tax money allocated to you.  You truly pulled through.

General Wesley Clark — Led US and Albanian forces against Serbians, where he “saved 1.5 million Albanians from ethnic cleansing.”  ……by having radical Islamic fighters transported in to murder and rape thousands of Serbians, and then just stick around to call their newly cleared land home.  Again, bravo.

Tom Daschle — And now the commission will be non-partisan!  Is this a joke?

And the list goes on and on.  Enjoy.

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