Friday, September 26, 2008

Stating the obvious

Tony Blankley notices what everyone else picked up on months ago:

The mainstream media have gone over the line and are now straight out propagandists for the Obama campaign. While they have been liberal and blinkered in their worldview for decades, in 2007-08 for the first time, the major media are consciously covering for one candidate for president and consciously knifing the other. This is no longer journalism — it is simply propaganda. (The American left-wing version of the Volkischer Beobachter cannot be far behind.) And as a result, we are less than seven weeks away from possibly electing a president who has not been thoroughly and even half way honestly presented to the country by our watchdogs — the press.

Note: The American left-wing version of Volkischer Beobachter is already here. It is called The New York Times and there is an on-air version called MSNBC.

The image of Barack Obama that the press has presented is not a fair approximation of the real man. They have consciously ignored whole years in his life, and showed a lack of curiosity about such gaps that bespeaks a lack of journalistic instinct. Thus, the public image of Mr. Obama is of a "Man who never was." I take that phrase from a 1956 movie about a real life WWII British intelligence operation to trick the Germans into thinking the Allies were going to invade Greece, rather than Italy, in 1943. Operation "Mincemeat" involved the acquisition of a human corpse dressed as a Maj. William Martin, R.M. and put into the sea near Spain. Attached to the corpse was a brief-case containing fake letters suggesting that the Allied attack would be against Sardinia and Greece.

To make the operation credible, British intelligence created a fictional life for the corpse — a letter from a lover, tickets to a London theater, all the details of a life — but not the actual life of the dead young man whose corpse was being used. So, too, the man the media has presented to the nation as Mr. Obama is not the real man.

The mainstream media ruthlessly and endlessly repeats any McCain gaffes, while ignoring Obama gaffes. You have to go to weird little Internet sites to see all the stammering and stuttering that Mr. Obama needs before getting out a sentence fragment or two. But all you see on the networks is an eventual one or two clear sentences from Mr. Obama. Nor do you see Mr. Obama's ludicrous gaffe that Iran is a tiny country and no threat to us. Nor his 57 American states gaffe. Nor his forgetting, if he ever knew, that Russia has a veto in the United Nations. Nor his whining and puerile "come on" when he is being challenged. This is the kind of editing one would expect from Goebbels' disciples, not Cronkite's.

Actually no it isn't. Remember how the Viet Cong's "Tet Offensive" (they called it the "General Uprising") was an abject failure? Remember how the South Vietnamese people refused to join in the uprising, decisively rejecting the Communist revolutionaries and their North Vietnamese controllers? Remember how the Viet Cong's numbers were decimated in the US and South Vietnamese counterattack and how they ceased to be a combat effective force after that point.

If you are like the average American who lived through the Vietnam War or if you studied it in public school you don't know or remember any of that. The reason is that Walter Cronkite made a conscience decision not to report it. After Tet Cronkite was fully briefed by the US military. He was shown evidence that Tet was a massive failure for the NLF and he chose not to report any of it. He told the general officer who was briefing him that he had decided that the war was unwinnable and that was what he was going to tell the American people and that set the tone for the press's reporting on Vietnam from that point forward.

So I have no trouble whatsoever believing that the disciples of Chronkite are choosing to act as political propagandists for a radical left-wing, Know-nothing Marxist who comes directly out of Chicago's corrupt street thug machine politics. Ever since Chronkite the American mainstream media has deliberately chosen to take whatever side was against America. This has meant everything from carrying water for the Soviet Union to supporting Democrats in domestic elections. The only thing different from their current support for Obama and their previous support for Clinton, Gore, Kerry, Mondale or Carter is that they are hardly even bothering to pretend to be anything other than propagandists.

This can only mean that they sense in Obama a man who can actualy accomplish their goal of destroying America.

More appalling, NBC's "Saturday Night Live" suggested that Gov. Sarah Palin's husband had sex with his own daughters. That scene was written with the assistance of Al Franken, Democratic Party candidate for Senate in Minnesota. Talk about incest.

Like I say, they're not even pretending anymore.

But worse than all the unfair and distorted reporting and image projecting, is the shocking gaps in Mr. Obama's life that are not reported at all. The major media simply has not reported on Mr. Obama's two years at Columbia University in New York, where, among other things, he lived a mere quarter mile from former terrorist Bill Ayers— after which they both ended up as neighbors and associates in Chicago. Mr. Obama denies more than a passing relationship with Mr. Ayers. Should the media be curious? In only two weeks the media has focused on all the colleges Mrs. Palin has attended, her husband's driving habits 20 years ago and the close criticism of Mrs. Palin's mayoral political opponents. But in two years they haven't bothered to see how close Mr. Obama was with the terrorist Ayers.

They're not going to look closely at Obama's close association with Ayers because they envy Ayres. Ayres is a hero to them. Leftists in the media, politics and academia have to pretend. They have to moderate the way they express their hatred for this country but Ayers go to be authentic! He bombed the freakin' Pentagon for goodness sakes. You can't get more hard-core than that.

So of course vicious America-hating leftists like the people who run the University of Chicago, B. Hussein Obama and his media enablers and the rest of the Democrat establishment are going to put Ayers on a pedestal.

Nor have the media paid any serious attention to Mr. Obama's rise in Chicago politics — how did honest Obama rise in the famously sordid Chicago political machine with the full support of Boss Daley? Despite the great — and unflattering details on Mr. Obama's Chicago years presented in David Freddoso's new book, the mainstream media continues to ignore both the facts and the book. It took a British publication, the Economist, to give Mr. Freddoso's book a review with fair comment.

Obviously he was able to thrive in Chicago's political culture because he is not "honest". He understands and lives by the rules of Chicago's political culture where politics is a knife fight in a sewer and the only rule is do whatever it takes to win. That is why he is flooding the airwaves with ads which contain such egregious lies that even the MSM (absent MSNBC) has been forced to take note of them.

The public image of Mr. Obama as an idealistic, post-race, post-partisan, well-spoken and honest young man with the wisdom and courage befitting a great national leader is a confection spun by a willing conspiracy of Mr. Obama, his publicist David Axelrod and most of the senior editors, producers and reporters of the national media.

You know one of the reasons that George W Bush is so hated by the left is his very poor speaking ability. Even though he has an above average IQ and attended Harvard and Yale (earning a masters degree) he comes off sounding like a moron half the time because he has so much trouble with the spoken word.

What are the elites going to think of Obama if he actually becomes president and has to present himself to the American people without the teleprompter as presidents frequently have to do? Listen to Obama when he is not reading words prepared for him by someone else. He sounds like a low-grade moron.

Perhaps that is why the National Journal's respected correspondent Stuart Taylor has written that "the media can no longer be trusted to provide accurate and fair campaign reporting and analysis." That conspiracy has not only photo-shopped out all of Mr. Obama's imperfections (and dirtied up his opponent Mr. McCain's image), but it has put most of his questionable history down the memory hole.

The public will be voting based on the idealized image of the man who never was. If he wins, however, we will be governed by the sunken, cynical man Mr. Obama really is. One can only hope that the senior journalists will be judged as harshly for their professional misconduct as Wall Street's leaders currently are for their failings.

In one sense they are are already being judged. The MSN is losing readers and viewers faster than the housing market is losing liquidity. If the New York Times continues to decline at the current rate it will not be long before they become a weekly shopper. They are also being judged by the backlash which erupted after their attempts to slime Sarah Palin.

If John McCain and Sarah Palin win this election a not-small part of the credit will go to the public's revulsion over the conduct of the media.

In the mean time let us pray as we have never prayed before that we will not be governed by this "sunken, cynical man".