What do YOU think about Osama bin Laden’s death and how it is or is not being using to gain an advantage in Election 2012? That’s what likely Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney has accused President Barack Obama of doing. Watch the “One Chance” campaign ad air with a very prominent cameo by Bubba aka former President Bill Clinton to judge for yourselves:
Did the President and his campaign shoot the first shot? Does Romney whimpering that even Jimmy Carter would have done this make him look like a wimp? Will Americans feel disgust that the solemnity of the open wound that are the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the aftermath of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is being violated?
These are just some of the issues raised in this week’s Beauty Shop segment of NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin. Although many critics and politicians, spoke about this issue, what’s different is that we had a conversation, not a shouting match. As importantly are the diversity of perspectives–right-of-center African-American political and women’s issues analyst Michelle Bernard, CEO of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy; the guttural and soulful passion of progressive pop culture and politics blogger Danielle Belton of the Black Snob, and the international and analytical point of view of Georgetown University journalism professor and co-director of the Pearl Project Asra Nomani. With Michel, we spoke, even disagreed, but brought out new, “I hadn’t thought about that” aspects of a complex and emotionally charged topic that can’t be reduced into 140 character tweets or TV soundbites.
So fitting too, since this week Tell Me More with Michel Martin celebrates its 5th anniversary covering topics others aren’t, and doing it in a way that actually means something.
To hear more hot topics on TMM‘s “Beauty Shop” with Viviana, Michel, plus smart and sassy ladies, click here.Are some topics “off the table” in politics?