From afar, it is easier to observe the strategies in journalists' and Twitter users' choice of vocabulary. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s identification as "#5" in this scandal could be seen as a possible racist slur, considering the use being made of it.
The Jackson Five started out in Motown, a.k.a. Detroit. Meanwhile, the people of Detroit are getting very little help or attention from the outgoing Bush administration, that apparently is enjoying power and influence until the last minute of the end of the worst presidency the nation has ever had. There has been a house purchased, the planning of a legacy, etc. Let's get real about who the worst of the scoundrels are. Get a whiff of how the Bush family will be celebrating Christmas from the New York Times -- with a slide show (December 3, 2008).
Meanwhile, with the country and the world facing a severe economic depression, let's not be overly distracted from the tasks at hand by all of the noise. 150 Republicans voted against the Auto Rescue Plan in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, but the majority voted to help Detroit. But then the Senate rejected the bill... the media should now be devoting its full time attention to what President Bush will do to help the people of Michigan...
Susan Saulny and Monica Davey, "Illinois Official Moves to Force Governor Out," New York Times (December 12, 2008).
Susan Saulny and Monica Davey, "Blagojevich Defies Calls for His Resignation," New York Times (December 12, 2008).
Monica Davey, "Take 2 Leading Officials; Add Hostility," New York Times (December 12, 2008).
Dick Cavett, "How's That Again, Guv?" New York Times (December 12, 2008).
"Barack Obama demande la démission du gouverneur de l'Illinois," Le Monde (December 11, 2008).
Susan Saulny and Monica Davey, "Obama to Air Any Staff Talks About Senate Seat," New York Times (December 11, 2008).
Susan Saulny, "Calls for Governor to Quit in Scandal," New York Times (December 10, 2008).
Russell Goldman, "Corruption Hangover Follows Election Night High," ABC News (December 10, 2008).
Dirk Johnson, "For Chicagoans, a Slap After Euphoria," New York Times (December 10, 2008).
Steven Gray, "Jesse Jackson Jr., The Trouble with Being Candidate 5," Time (December 11, 2008).
New York Times Topics, "Auto Industry Bailout" (2008).
David M. Herszenhorn, "Senate Abandons Automaker Bailout Bid," New York Times (December 11, 2008).
Bill Vlasic and Leslie Wayne, "Auto Suppliers Share Anxiety Over a Bailout," New York Times (December 11, 2008).
Tom Williams, "Auto Bailout Package Dies on US Senate Floor," The Garage Blog (December 11, 2008).
David M. Herszenhorn and David E. Sanger, "House Passes Auto Rescue Plan," New York Times (December 10, 2008).
Nick Bunkley, "Detroit Churches Pray for 'God's Bailout,'" New York Times (December 7, 2008).
Al Gore's endorsement of Obama in Detroit (2008 video).
Rachel Maddow's take on the situation: