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The Age Of Obamalot

Jeff Goldstein muses on just how deeply the MSM is in the tank for the Dems this year:

This is not hyperbole: a free society relies on a free press to inform. That the mainstream press leans demonstrably left is not the problem in and of itself; the problem arises when that demonstrable bias is given cover as "objective," and when those who believe they are basing their support for a candidate or platform on objective reporting are in effect doing no such thing, but are rather being coaxed, prodded, directed, and manipulated -- in everything from what comes to count as newsworthy to, in cases like these, shoddy reporting (which may or may not be intentional), the effect of which is to leave those who rely on the media literally less informed than had the media reported nothing at all.

A free society cannot run this way. If information is power, those who control the information and its mainstream dissemination are in a position to act as the most important swing vote in any election. That the press has given up, at this late stage (and despite declines in readership and public trust), any serious attempt to report objectively suggests that we are now quite immersed in a battle for the very principles of a democratic republic. Progressives have decided that the ends justify the means -- that lies in the service of greater truths (as defined by their own ideology) are both pragmatic and utilitarian measures to be adopted so that "we" can finally get things "right," and accept government from a permanent political class, a new aristocracy, that will expand the federal government in ways that will protect us from ourselves, in the process, assuring that ever new generations will be reliable upon the good graces of the federal government for their survival.

The new media held promise for fighting back. But the left recognized this immediately and built a counter balance to the MSM fact-checkers -- and, in a perverse expansion of their role as foils, these progressive "netroots" are now responsible for feeding stories to the mainstream press, a further assault on the Enlightenment mandate for the free exchange of ideas, and further proof that progressives are every bit the totalitarians and would be fascists that I have long suggested they must necessarily be, given the philosophical imperatives that underwrite their political philosophy.

As he says, the problem is not the bias per se, but the ongoing denial of it, to us and (perhaps) themselves.

[Update a while later]

Tony Blankley writes about The Man Who Never Was:

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

Nor have the media paid any serious attention to 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 Obama's Chicago years presented in David Freddoso's new book on Obama, the mainstream media continue to ignore both the facts and the book. It took a British publication, The Economist, to give Freddoso's book a review with fair comment.

The public image of 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 Obama, his publicist (David Axelrod) and most of the senior editors, producers and reporters of the national media.

Perhaps that is why the National Journal's respected correspondent Stuart Taylor wrote, "The media can no longer be trusted to provide accurate and fair campaign reporting and analysis."

We'll just have to bypass them. I'm counting on the 527s to do it.


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Rand Simberg wrote:

That link doesn't make the point you think it does, Anonymous Troll.

...while Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were paying Rick Davis, John McCain was sponsoring legislation to tighten controls on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, legislation that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac opposed fervently. The legislation McCain backed specifically declared that the new regulatory agency would be assigned to ensure "each regulated entity operates in a safe and sound manner, including maintenance of adequate capital and internal controls."

How about finding some other blog on which to beclown yourself? But I guess you don't mind beclowning yourself, because (as usual) you're an anonymous coward.

Cecil Trotter wrote:

Actually, anonymous' link does make the case. intentionally or not, I don't know.

"Campaign Money Watch" although claiming to be a "nonpartisan campaign finance watchdog group" is actually a left wing propaganda group/website, financed by well heeled liberals. It's an accomplice of the left wing media, creating propaganda for the media to lap up and then distribute.

Bill Maron wrote:

I have no problem with the press asking tough even rude long as they treat both candidates the same or even reasonably close to the same, or even in the same zip code, shoot I'll settle for the same time zone.

Carl Pham wrote:

Rand, I really think you've got Axelrod operatives astroturfing your blog. They're paid to do this, all day, with a nice checklist from Obama headquarters on what links to post and what talking points to assert. It's not worth your time and energy -- or ours -- to debate robots. Just delete them and ban the IP. You'll know when someone serious turns up to offer debate and his own original thought.

daveon wrote:

Are you serious?

Until they realised they were being stone walled the media here have been pussy cats compared to their equivalents in the British media.

You guys don't know what a partisan media looks like, seriously.

You don't have one.

Chuck Divine wrote:

Obama lived a "mere" quarter mile from Ayers in NYC?

Let's see. In my townhouse development here in Seabrook, Maryland within a quarter mile of me live hundreds of people I haven't ever seen, much less met.

I've actually attended Columbia University in NYC. The population density is quite high in NYC. You live a quarter mile from all sorts of people.

Ayers and Obama have a major difference in age. It's reasonable that they would not have even known each other in NYC.

Perhaps there was a connection. I want more proof, though, than this

As far as Obama trolls (I'm sure some exist), I seriously doubt a campaign organized effort to pollute this website. There are better things to do.

Yes, the media do need major improvement. It's amazing the things that do get reported there -- and the things that do not.

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