Thursday, February 21, 2008

Don't Believe Everything You Read

If you are giving yourself to a cause, there's a benefit in not hitching your wagon to a single horse.

As Red Stick Rant notes, Bob Geldof recently gave praise in a non-politically correct way:

Mr. Geldof praised Mr. Bush for his work in delivering billions to fight disease and poverty in Africa, and blasted the U.S. press for ignoring the achievement.

Mr. Bush, said Mr. Geldof, "has done more than any other president so far."

"This is the triumph of American policy really," he said. "It was probably unexpected of the man. It was expected of the nation, but not of the man, but both rose to the occasion."

"What's in it for [Mr. Bush]? Absolutely nothing," Mr. Geldof said.

Mr. Geldof said that the president has failed "to articulate this to Americans" but said he is also "pissed off" at the press for their failure to report on this good news story.

"You guys didn't pay attention," Geldof said to a group of reporters from all the major newspapers.

Bush administration officials, incidentally, have also been quite displeased with some of the press coverage on this trip that they have viewed as overly negative and ignoring their achievements.

Now I'll grant that some secular conservatives (and even some religious ones) raise questions regarding whether the state should be responsible for maintaining the quality of life for people outside of it.

But what this really points out is that you have to evaluate the deeds of people, rather than what they say about themselves - or what others say about them.

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Reverse_Vampyr said...

It's sad when Bob Geldof has to be the one to point out Bush's accomplishments and the press' bias.

Ontario Emperor said...

I own the autobiography that Geldof wrote in the late 80s - "Is That It?" A fascinating read.