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Joe Biden’s Extreme Hollywood Makeover
October 6, 2008

By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
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Economic times being what they are, folks in Tinseltown are “naturally” concerned about the supply of botox needed at the ready.

Goddess forbid there would ever be a shortage.

It could happen, though, if pols like Joe Biden continue to hog the stuff just to put on their best debate faces.

At the recent veep debate, Joe’s frozen eyebrows and ironed forehead made him look as though he had gotten confused and thought he was going for a part in “High School Musical.” It seems as though handlers gave Joe the wrong juice because what the Delaware senator really could have used was some truth serum.

That may have prevented him from telling whoppers like the one in which he said he had “always supported” clean-coal. It was just weeks ago that Biden said, “We're not supporting clean coal.”

And even though Barack Obama said he would negotiate with Iran's president without preconditions, during the debate Biden insisted that the insinuation was “simply not true,” when in fact Biden himself had previously labeled Obama’s willingness to talk without preconditions as “naïve.”

In need of an ethical makeover is The Associated Press. Under the guise of an “analysis,” AP writer Douglass K. Daniel recently demonstrated his skill as a verbal contortionist, finding racial issues in some of Sarah Palin’s remarks.

As a media ethics professor, I see this kind of “journalism” as providing a case study in breach of ethics.

Daniel claimed that when Palin said Barack Obama was “palling around with terrorists” the statement “carried a racially tinged subtext that John McCain himself may come to regret.”

He wrote that Palin’s words might “avoid repulsing voters with overt racism” but asked whether there might be “another subtext for creating the false image of a black presidential nominee ‘palling around’ with terrorists while assuring a predominantly white audience that he doesn't see their America?”

He then asserted that because we are in a post-Sept. 11 America “terrorists are envisioned as dark-skinned radical Muslims,” and because Obama was relatively unknown when he began his campaign, “the Internet hummed with false e-mails about ties to radical Islam of a foreign-born candidate.”

“Portraying Obama as ‘not like us’ is another potential appeal to racism,” Daniel deduced.

With that type of logic, any reproach of Palin would have to be considered sexist, any commentary on McCain ageist and any beef against Biden botoxic.

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