Only in America could a man who has been in office for decades run as an “outsider” against the entrenched interests in Washington
Only in America could a man who is a longtime Republican stalwart run against his own party, which has governed while controlling most of the institutional levers of power – the Presidency, the Supreme Court and the Congress – for much of the past eight years.
And only in America could a man who has called the corporatized, in-the-tank, mainstream media his “base” -- the media that made him its darling and hailed him for his supposed ‘straight talk’ -- run against that very same media, bashing it figuratively while “peace officers” were doing so quite literally in the streets of St. Paul, in a manner unseen since the Sixties and the Chicago days of Daley and the subsequent Nixonian ‘nattering nabobs of negativity” era.
Yes, welcome to America, land of opportunity, where every politician is a self-styled ‘change agent” – yet little ever seems to change...
One after another, speakers at the Republican National Convention unleashed a barrage of attacks on the news media, as the trade journal Broadcasting & Cable reported:
“As the GOP convention hit its stride Tuesday, after its opening was overshadowed by Hurricane Gustav, the press became almost as big a target as Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), with speech after speech tarring the media as liberal and elitist.
“'I’m not a member of the permanent political establishment,' Palin said in her speech accepting the nomination. 'And I’ve learned quickly these past few days that if you’re not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone.'
"This prompted sustained boos from the audience at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minneapolis.”
Meanwhile, beleaguered Big Media news executives struggled against the unmitigated assaults to defend their coverage. “It’s a time-honored marketing ploy and, every time they bash the media, it means they’re not talking about a vision or a plan,” CNN president Jon Klein said, while also predictably trotting out his usual assault on the blogosphere as a sort of arms-length apologia: “This onslaught about the mainstream media seems woefully time-worn and out of step considering how new media have become the source of the scurrilous rumor-mongering on both the right and the left. If they want to pick a target, let them pick irresponsible bloggers who are reporting rumors promiscuously.”
From literally beating the press outside in the streets (and even threatening them inside their offices) to verbally bashing reporters and executives alike everywhere from the convention podium to select media outlets they favor, John McChange and his lipsticked pit bull Palin are counting on the fact we as a culture have developed such a severe case of ADD that we can no longer ADD one and one and get two!
Is there a problem in Washington? Forget the fact that the Republicans have been running everything there for years —and elect a Republican ‘change agent!” Is there a problem with the ongoing war and occupation of Iraq? Forget the fact that the Republicans have been waging a war there for years — and elect a Republican ‘change agent!” Is there a problem with our media being complicit with those in power and concealing the truth from the American people? Forget the fact that the Republican candidate for president has benefited from a cozy relationship with his media ‘base’ for years — and yes, elect a Republican ‘change agent,” who will then, unchanged, crawl right back into bed with that same elite, effete crowd the minute he sets foot in the Oval Office!