The Real America
Is vastly different that what you read about in the American press or on Facebook or Twitter. Well, in most of the press, that is. There are still a few real reporters out there. Like Salena Zito:
: Since boarding a jetliner on Christmas night last year, this reporter has logged more than 8,600 miles in 21 states and has interviewed more than 1,200 people registered as or identifying with Democrats, all in an attempt to tell the stories of their pocketbooks, their families and their America.
Reality is like gravity: It can pull you down in an instant. From a distance, pundits and reporters hail President Barack Obama’s accomplishments and the ideology of his first term. Yet many voters who supported him in 2008 now face strikingly different realities.
Kelly Foote, a waitress at the Moonlight Diner, a classic old-time eatery on Tower Road in Denver, said she had a home, a car and a savings account in 2008 but “lost everything. Every bad economic condition … converged at the same time, and by 2010 I had lost it all.”
The 40-year-old said business dropped by more than half “and I just couldn’t keep up. I tried juggling but, in the end, I had to surrender everything.”
Foote has not given up “on the possibility of what I can achieve” but won’t vote for Obama.
I like Zito’s reporting. She is actually reporting what her interviewees are saying, not spinning. I’ve mentioned before how I am being surprised – rather often – at how many people are paying attention. Little wisecracks that indicate that they are not buying the media spin. Small comments that indicate Obama has a lot more problems than the press lets on.
People are looking around and seeing what Obamanomics is doing to them. I don’t think they like it as much as the press says they do. More than 90% of people are refusing to participate in polls or simply not picking up the phone when pollsters call.
I’m betting that the 91% have a different story than the one being dictated by Obama’s media arm. I agree with Zito, the Real America is different than the fictional one the media lives in.
This is my first post over here at RWN. My thanks to John Hawkins for letting me borrow the keys to the place. This is cross-posted back at my home blog, Blue Crab Boulevard. Thanks for reading.
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