The media was wrong about the war in Iraq. They fell for Bush and the neoCONs' story hook, line and sinker. They enabled the Republicans to start a unilateral war of choice by shoveling misinformation and burying the truth. Honest debate was brushed aside as irrelevant at best, unpatriotic at worse.
The media is doing it again.
Sometime in December, the media decided to get on the Obama bandwagon. That's about the time that Chris Mathews and Keith Olbermann stopped their attacks on George Bush and commenced firing on Clinton. At the same time the Obama sales job on the American people was kicked off. The marketing message was loud and clear – Clinton bad – Obama good.
In pursuit of their agenda, the media has used all of its standard tools – distortion, contrasting photo's, pejorative words, etc.etc. etc. With each newscast and article written they shaped the discussion on the Democratic primary. They moved it from a discussion of issues where Obama was and is a lightweight to something much more fluffy, amorphous and totally unfettered to logic – change.
Perhaps the media's most important tactic in their promotion of the war in Iraq and the Obama candidacy was/is selective reporting.
Nowhere did this do more damage than in the media's attention to and promotion of the idea that Hillary Clinton had played the race card. Coming out of Iowa, the media thought they had accomplished their desired results. They thought they had killed off Clinton and elevated Obama to the Democratic nomination. They started reporting Obama's win in New Hampshire days before the primary.
Ooops. They were wrong. How could they be wrong? How could New Hampshire not vote like they were supposed to? Clinton must have cheated!
And so the Obama campaign and the news media played the race card. The only explanation could only be that Clinton had somehow, probably thorough subtle racial innuendo, gotten whites to not vote for Obama. So subtle that they could not find any evidence of it.
In the absence of facts invent them. In the absence of proof, make claims that strike at the heart and not the head. Then repeat them over and over again – being sure that denials are presented as suspect – wink, wink.
And perhaps most damning of all, there's Obama's dirty laundry. The non-airing of it, that is. Avoid the vetting process. See no evil. Hear no evil. Speak no evil. That's just what the media did in the run up to the war.
Ask yourself, what did the media know about Rev. Wright and when did they know it? Evidently they knew about it from the start and decided to not report it. Why? Was it because it wasn't newsworthy? Was it because it was old news?
Nope. The media didn't report it because they knew that Obama's 20 year connection to Black Liberation Theology was damning. They knew that if people became aware of it Obama wouldn't even come up to Jessie Jackson's or Al Sharpton's level. He'd be pegged as a black racist.
25 years ago Berry Obama decided that he'd rather be known as Barak. 20 years ago, Obama decided to join Rev. Wright's congregation. Did he do it to win over the predominate demographic of southside Chicago hypocritically? Did he do it because he felt victimized himself? Did he do it because he agreed with the basic Marxists tenants of Black Liberation Theology? Anyway you look at it, it shows bad judgment.
Do you think Obama could stand the kind of media attention that the Clintons have been subject to? Do you think Obama's dealing with Rezko can stand that kind of investigation?
So … now that's it's out in the open how do you do damage control. Why you deny it and claim that whites just don't understand the black experience. Excuses, excuses, excuses.
Making lemonade is one thing. Being sold a lemon advertised as the best thing since sliced bread is dishonest. Actually it's worse than that. The media is supposed to report the news objectively not push their own agenda down our throats.
Obama has not been properly vetted. There are simply too many unknowns. There cannot be this level of uncertainty connected to next President of the United States.
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