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Who's Bailing Who?

The lamestream media told you:

The $700 billion bailout is good, bad, ugly, pretty, pretty ugly, will help, will hurt, is designed for the fat cats, will protect the average American, is run by insiders, is a normal management move, if we don't do this the sky will fall, if they do this the nation's financial system will be nationalized by czars and money dictators and turn the nation socialist. -- ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX, virtually all newspapers and radio broadcasts.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Not a single report the Uninvited Ombudsman could find provided the number of the bailout bill, which would be needed for a person to look up the proposed bill and see what it actually says.

Failure to provide the number strongly indicates the reporters and pundits, as is standard practice, have not looked at the bill themselves before making wild claims that can't be backed up and don't match each other.

Politicians speaking on the "news" have apparently not read the bill (HR 1424), because it was not even posted on where it would normally appear when they voted for it (originally HR 3997, when it was three pages but still had the $700 billion in it). But...

Politicians haven't written it either. Bureaucrats and "staff" in cubicles in the vast dungeons of government buildings sat and typed, anonymously deciding for themselves how to write the (formerly three pages) and now hundreds of pages that became law. As a writer, I can assure you that one small turn of phrase creates a slush fund or quashes it.

It has been impossible so far to identify, much less interview, the people who actually wrote whatever it is this bill says. They are more protected from view than prisoners in Guantanamo -- no one in the outside world knows their names, locations, ranks, pay grade, home addresses, level of education, agendas, voting records or anything that would shed light on who they are and what they're up to.

The "news" media, in its wisdom, only reported on the bill as either -- a horse race between the parties and houses of Congress, or, as a "he said she said" stew of competing contradictory dreamscapes whose link to reality is unknown -- and obviously wrong for at least half the partisan pundits with their pie holes open.

Real reporting would include the actual content of the bill or who is actually choosing its words, and the verbiage would be vetted by certifiable experts instead of "pundits" and pretty faces.

Whether reporters and editors fail to do this out of ignorance, incompetence, laziness, alliance to the power brokers, misguided morals, personal agendas or plain stupidity is unknown, though some observers say it is all of the above. News consumers generally agree the current methods harm the nation.

A quick glance at the table of contents for HR 2414 reveals entries for college tuition, mine rescue team training, Indian employment, motor sports racing tracks, film and TV productions, mental health parity, disaster relief, Exxon Valdez litigation, and tax exemption for wooden arrows used by children. Don't believe me? Trust your own eyes.

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