Three Cheers to USA Today for Decent Reporting

It’s rare to see a post written which celebrates an article that reports the obvious and sticks to the facts. But after this debacle (and this one, too) which occurred recently, I am sorry to say that it’s even rarer to find such an article to begin with.

Susan Page wrote a pretty fair descriptive of Obama’s SOTU speech and reported on one of Governor Palin’s tweets from the evening without muddying it up with untrue facts or phony media narratives with regard to the Governor. 

The article’s title correctly refers to President Obama as “emboldened.”  She also claims that he’s “ready to fight.” 

She descibes his tone as “more combative’ and said that “his rhetoric drew sharper lines.”

She went on to say how Obama’s speech “embraced a more liberal agenda” and described the following:

The agenda Obama outlined had more of the sweep of first-term ambitions than the limits of a second-term cleanup operation. He said it was critical to address climate change, an issue he sidelined after his cap-and-trade proposal went nowhere in his first year in office. (If Congress won’t act, he said, he’d look for executive actions.) In an emotional closing section to the long address, he added gun control to his priorities in the wake of the December shooting rampage in Newtown, Conn.


Republican leaders have flatly ruled out more revenue, however, noting that tax hikes on top earners were part of a deal struck to avert the so-called fiscal cliff at the beginning of the year. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, in the formal Republican response, accused Obama of having an “obsession” about raising taxes.

Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee, mocked Obama’s speech on Twitter. “‘Balanced approach’ means ‘I’m going to increase your taxes to pay for my crony capitalism,'” she wrote, adding a sarcastic hashtag: “#NoOneIsBuyingThis.”

That tweet quoted by Susan Page happened to be my favorite tweet of the evening from the Governor, and we all know there were plenty of good ones to choose from.  Taking on crony capitalism; as the Governor has essentially taken the lead on (even though she’s so humble as to never take the credit), is not something welcomed by either side of the aisle.  I didn’t expect the media to give it a mention even though it’s only a first step to giving it the platform it deserves.

I do disagree with Page’s characterization of the President being “ready to fight.”  It’s not very hard to bypass the constitutional process of law by abusing executive order like a dictator.  That doesn’t make one a fighter, it makes one an arrogant bully who abuses the power granted to him by the people who’ve entrusted him with it.  But because she was honest in the actual description of his speech and reporting his intent to bypass Congress to fundamentally transform America, the commenters over there are noticably not happy about the President’s plans.

Overall, Susan Page managed to fairly report on the #sotUGottaBKiddingMe and what Governor Palin had to say about it without adding the snark that a lot of other mainstream media outlets felt the need to do (and none worth mentioning).

You can read her entire piece here.


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