The last several years have brought a parade of dark revelations about the Barack Obama administration, from the manipulation of intelligence in Benghazi to the IRS’ targeting of Conservatives to extrajudicial spying inside the United States.
But there are growing indications that these known abuses of power may only be the tip of the iceberg. Now, in the 2nd term of the Obama presidency, a movement is stirring in Washington for a sweeping new inquiry into White House malfeasance that would be modeled after the famous Church Committee congressional investigation of the 1970s.
Wow!! Did Salon really print that about President Obama? They’ve finally started covering this in earnest! That is unbelievable….
Honestly, it IS unbelievable, because the above passage is from an article back in 2008, and (with only the bold-&-italicized parts having been changed) all criticisms are directed at …George W. Bush.
C’mon, you didn’t think a charter member of Obama’s cheerleading squad would turn on their heartthrob THAT easily, did you?
You might think that, with the very phantoms and fears that Leftists screamed about for years now actually happening in front of their eyes, even places like Salon would man-up and say “No more!”
And if you thought that, you’d be oh-so-mistaken.
Their failure to show even a fraction of their previous indignation today is self-explanatory. The invective and opprobrium they heaped upon the last Administration was all for show: a cudgel to be used against an ideological rival, and nothing more.
No, even with the current Administration awash in abuses of power, malfeasance and privacy intrusions which are several times worse than anything they even alleged against President Bush, what sort of headlines do we see from Salon now?
- “While DC fixates on whether Obama is worse than Nixon, polls show the public likes the president more and more“
- “Our evil President managed to both mastermind the IRS flap, and be such a bad boss that no one told him about it…” (that’s a whole lotta’ sarcasm there, just in case you couldn’t tell...)
And this little gem:
- There’s hope for progressivism yet: “Ten years after America invaded Iraq, we’re finally emerging from the dark shadow cast by the neocon movement”
“Okay, but that’s Salon“, you say. Well, then there are these:
- Bloomberg‘s Al Hunt: “How Obama Can Rescue His Presidency From Faux Scandals“
- NBC Touts White House ‘Aggressively Responding’ to Scandals, Dismissing Criticism as ‘Offensive andAbsurd‘
- Just the other day on NPR: Business Anchor Demands Rumsfeld Apologize for Bush Policies, Compares Iraq to Vietnam.
- And over at Mediaite, this line tell you all you need to know about the author’s mindset: “Republicans are still trying to make a dollar’s worth of scandal out of fifteen cents…”
I have plenty more, if you want ’em.
Add in that CBS, ABC, CNN execs all have relatives working as big-time advisers for the Obama White House, and it helps explain why so many in the media don’t seem to see, hear, or speak about the President’s recent “difficulties”.
So, what to do?
Well, first of all, do NOT sit back and pin your hopes on the Media remaining too incensed about all this: they might fake it for a while, but their hearts just aren’t in it. Without a Republican in the White House, getting outraged by scandal just doesn’t feel right to them… Sort of like if you order a Root-Beer Float, and the kid at the counter hands you soy-based frozen glop, floating in a glass of TaB: you might choke it down once, but you’re not going back for seconds.
More importantly: we need to focus on our representatives. Call them, email them, send them a telegram; something. Heck, show up at their office. The more support our folks in Congress perceive there is to get to the bottom of this mess, the freer they’ll be to pursue the truth, wherever it leads.
I’d love to be wrong about all this; I would. Maybe the press will go “all-in” like it’s Abu Ghraib all over again.
But I’m guessing that no matter what ultimately shakes out, the absolute best we can expect from partisan stooges like Salon, NPR or NBC would be a future headline along the lines of, “Well-meaning but tragically misguided OBAMA: thankfully, still not as bad as Bushitler“.
****UPDATE: 5-21-13 at 5:00pm –
Looks like I’m right, …unfortunately.
Unless someone can come up with a better reason for Josh Marshall from Talking Points Memo, Ezra Klein from WaPo, and all-purpose lib Jonathan Capehart to all be going to tea with Obama besides “Hey, guys, you need to do a better job of covering my tail than you’re doing now”:
— Ari Shapiro (@arishapiro) May 21, 2013
****UPDATE #2: 5-22-13 at 1:41pm –
‘Ezra Klein and Josh Marshall, Who Got a VIP Briefing at the White House Yesterday, Are Curiously on the Same Page Today….’
Quote: “What I glean from this is that the previous White House position –(nothing more needs be done, this is all a “partisan fishing expedition”)– is now inoperative, and a NEW defense –(fire Lois Lerner and then claim that nothing more needs be done, this is all now just a partisan fishing expedition, again)– is now in effect.”