Category Archives: Newpapers
When President Obama met with party leaders in 2009 Eric Cantor pitched some ideas for the stimulus bill. The president responded, “Elections have consequences and, at the end of the day, I won.” The 800 billion dollar stimulus went on to pass with three Republican votes. And ObamaCare rammed its way through Congress without any Republican support. At the time Democrats controlled the White House, Senate, and House.
The program has never been popular with voters. A new Rasmussen survey finds that only 12% of voters want to keep it as it is. However 56% want the law improved piece by piece. Only 30% want to see the program immediately brought to room temperature.
Best of Bok
Here’s some of the Best of Bok. Well, at least these are the cartoons I liked best from 2016. Hope you like ’em too – or get a rise out of them anyway.
Please click an image for a link to see what it’s all about. Then hit the back button to return to this page.
Happy New Year!
(Update: All the links work now!)
The world’s most famous newspaper editorial, published in the New York Sun Sept. 21, 1887, could get busted by Facebook.
In an effort to stamp out the scourge of fake news, Facebook is outsourcing fact checking to PolitiFact and others .
Facebook Fact Checks Santa Clause
The editorial in question (by me) was in response to a letter to the editor from eight year old Virginia O’Hanlon:
DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.
Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.’
Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?
115 WEST NINETY-FIFTH STREET.
VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.
Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy…
You can read the rest of the editorial here at the Newseum site.
“If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.” – Maybe.
Mark Halperin thinks The New York Times has turned into The Onion.
To make his point he held up the front page from that morning’s edition. The headline read Democrats, Students, Foreign Allies Face Reality Of Trump Presidency:
“Their headline is not ‘Disaffected Americans Have A Champion Going To The White House’ or ‘The Country Votes For Fundamental Change.’ The headline is about how disappointed the friends of the people who run The New York Times are about what happened,” Halperin said.
“It’s amazing.” “It’s The Onion.”
Back in August NYT media columnist Jim Rutenberg sort of defended media bias saying, “Trump is testing the norms of objectivity in journalism.”
So, they seem to know what they’re doing.
For example, here’s a column by Will Rahn at CBS News titled The Unbearable Smugness of the Press.
World Ends Tomorrow
Kind of reminds me of the joke headline: World to End Tomorrow: Women, Minorities Hardest Hit.
Joe Scarborough dinged the media for freaking out over Trump’s refusal to accept the results of the election. But after spending the week saying the election is rigged what else would you expect him say?
Trump later joked that he’ll definitely accept the rigged election results if he wins:
“I will accept a clear election result,” Trump allowed. “But I would also reserve my right to contest or file a legal challenge in the case of a questionable result.” He cited the landmark 2000 Supreme Court case Bush v. Gore as precedent for needing to contest an election.
Here’s to hanging chads.