"We still don't know the truth about the extent of that relationship. And so we're calling around the country, we're letting people know about their relationship and letting people draw their own conclusions." Alex Conant, Republican National Committee, on the subject of Robocalls regarding Bill Ayers and Barack Obama, this afternoon on MSNBC.
What are they waiting for? If there were any kind of "proof" of a deeper friendship, or a business partnership, or a bomb-making weekend, wouldn't we be subjected to it? I hate the idea that we can give out half-truths or suggestive tidbits with the idea that people will "draw their own conclusions."
Last night a congresswoman from Minnesota appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews (also on MSNBC) and suggested the media begin an investigation of the anti-American members of Congress!! Pressed to name one such person, she hedged.
"What I would say is that the news media should do a penetrating expose
and take a look. I wish they would. I wish the American media would
take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out
if they are pro-America or anti-America," she said.
Seriously? I was watching this last night and COULD NOT BELIEVE what I was hearing. It makes me sad, because I verged on hopefulness this week, despite the economic crisis, stood carefully at the edge of a trend in a particular direction. Then I heard the congresswoman and the Robocalls being played on TV, over and over again. I heard a radio host accuse Obama of creating a flag with his initial, when really Obama happened to be in Ohio standing in front of the O-hio state flag.
Our freedom comes with inherent responsibilities. We have all sorts of input from all kinds of sources, some credible, others "in." I resent the point of view that it's okay to hint and allege rather than supplying actual information; we spin rather than educating. I've heard journalists say, we need to supply both points of view and let people, wait for it, draw their own conclusions. Well, really. Aren't some things actually true or false? If they are, won't you simply say so?
I want more than a Robocall or a set of unsupported allegations. I want more.