Why Can't Presidents and Media Tycoons Just 'Do the Right Thing'?
U.S. President Barack Obama suddenly takes hard-line stances against his Republican political adversaries after over two years of meek accommodation.
International media mogul Rupert Murdoch suddenly exhibits uncharacteristic humility when dealing with escalating scandals in England and America erupting from vicious and illegal activities by employees of his many media entities.
Do these unprecedented actions by these two extremely powerful men make them candidates for “Do the Right Thing” awards?
President Obama is publicly lashing GOP Capitol Hill leaders for being obstructionist.
Obama’s new strident rhetoric arises from his being stung by Republicans spurning his rather conservative compromise solutions to the impasse on increasing America’s debt ceiling, solutions that include the President’s shocking many in his Democratic base by embracing domestic spending cuts favored by conservatives—like slashing Social Security and Medicare.
Rupert Murdoch, a man not noted for demonstrating any capacity for contrition, has shocked many by offering apologies and even embracing investigations.
In seeking to staunch the spiraling governmental investigations and public dissatisfaction arising from illegal activities by some of his employees and top executives, Murdoch is even accepting resignations from some of his most trusted executives.
One of those executives is Wall Street Journal publisher Lee Hinton who worked with Murdoch for fifty-years. Hinton appears to have provided England’s Parliament with misleading information during a cover-up of a previous misconduct scandal by Murdoch’s English news employees.
The FBI is now reportedly investigating allegations of illegal acts by Murdoch employees including their trying to illegally obtain the telephone records of relatives of 9/11 victims. Evidence of telephone and email hacking scandals in England by Murdoch employees now include police investigations into their misdeeds against former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
On the surface, it might appear that Obama’s willingness to offer major spending cuts to achieve compromise with Republicans and Murdoch’s decision to close his most profitable newspaper in England plus shake-up his secretive empire are laudable examples of doing ‘The Right Thing.’
But looks are deceiving.
Neither of these two extremely powerful men deserves any credit, for their actions calculated to advance their respective personal agendas…agendas offering little good for regular people on either side of the Atlantic Ocean.
Obama’s suggested inclusion of Social Security cuts as a sweetener to obtain a deficit-reduction deal with his partisan adversaries is another act of abject selling-out of the people who elected this president.
Obama’s approach to ‘exercising political muscle’ -- as exhibited since his historic 2009 inauguration -- is bending over backwards to placate his Republican enemies and willingly sacrificing concerns important to the constituents who elected him.