Schmidt Wrote: Yes, the media seems to practice what many of the politicians do...selective amnesia. There is a reason Nelson Mandela was not removed from terrorist watch list until 2008, and media complacency is one of them.
Another comment that will make as I watched the cameras roll over George and Laura Bush in the stands and listening to the commentator laud Bush's program to combat AIDS in Africa: Huh? Amnesia again.
CBS News, February 8, 2008: Bush's AIDS Claims Fall To Scrutiny
"One of the White House's major aid initiatives, the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), has wasted much of its funds on scientifically questionable programs designed to please American religious conservatives. Though studies show that only a comprehensive approach, including condom distribution, sexual education, and antiretrovirals, could reduce HIV, the White House insisted that PEPFAR spend one-third of its behavioral prevention budget on programs that promote abstinence until marriage. It also refused to let PEPFAR money go for programs like needle exchanges and aggressive condom promotion. Recipient nations had to sign an American pledge vowing to oppose prostitution, even though prostitutes are major carriers of HIV in Africa, and signing the pledge could scare PEPFAR recipients out of helping sex workers. Virtually no other major multinational donor agreed with PEPFAR's strategy. Even the administration's own inspector general responsible for overseeing aid couldn't prove that its methods had worked. (As a footnote, Randall Tobias, the administration official responsible for overseeing AIDS programs, including the prostitution pledge, resigned after his number was discovered on the D.C. Madam's infamous call lists.)"
Bush's African programs like combating AIDS were more politically motivated to improve his standing at home. As the article also points out, Bush, consumed by the war on terror, did not support democratic institutions but rather embraced the new generation of African authoritarians, backing whatever African leader claimed to be battling militant Islam. This went against everything Nelson Mandela stood for.
I cringe when I see the media swooning over Bush's accomplishments in Africa now. I guess he is rewriting his presidency with the help of the media.