Required reading for all voters — and for journalists interested in truth, telling the real story, and not becoming subject to the group-think, left-wing, “progressive” political or ideological mentality replete in mainstream news organizations throughout North America and most of the world.
Rex Murphy, a columnist — one of the best on the continent — writes today about the mainstream media’s reporting on… no sorry let’s just dispense with the word “reporting”. Their constantly massaging the story in favor of their man Barack Obama, and genuflecting with regard Barack Obama, while gratuitously bashing his opponents — during the last campaign for the U.S. presidency. Sorry about that whole “reporting” thing.
But, as Murphy wrote in his opening, it hasn’t gotten better. “In the main, the establishment American media abandoned its critical faculties during the Obama campaign — and it hasn’t reclaimed them since.” And the truth just goes on from there.
…Every doubt they hid from themselves about Obama, every potential embarrassment they tucked under the blanket of their superior sensibilities, they furiously over-compensated for by their remorseless hounding of Palin — from utterly trivial e-mails, to blogger Andrew Sullivan’s weird speculations about Palin’s womb, musings that put the Obama “Birther” fantasies into a realm near sanity. (We are now seeing an echo of that — with a new book promoting all sorts of unconfirmed gossip about Palin, including her alleged sexual dalliance with a basketball star.)
As a result, the press gave the great American republic an untried, unknown and, it is becoming more and more frighteningly clear, incompetent figure as President. Under Obama, America’s foreign policies are a mixture of confusion and costly impotence. It is increasingly bypassed or derided; the great approach to the Muslim world, symbolized by the Cairo speech, is in tatters. Its debt and deficits are a weight on the entire global economy. And the office of presidency is less and less a symbol of strength. …
Not to detract from this excellent piece and hijack it to embark on my own tangent, but well actually that’s exactly what I will do since I own this site and I’ve been shouting exactly this sort of thing from all the rooftops I’ve been a part of, from day one: Interestingly, Rex Murphy writes his column in a newspaper, Toronto, Canada’s National Post, which I constantly criticized during that presidential campaign, as one of the biggest offenders of exactly the kind of “reporting” (see above for the more accurate words) Murphy is exposing here. It’s a newspaper which constantly promoted Obama as a savior not just for America, but for its neighbor Canada and the entire world. And gratuitously bashing Palin too, at one point advising its readers that Palin is a “idiot” — no sorry a “complete idiot” — and to “ignore her” in the hopes (their weird journalistic hopes) that she just “goes away.” For no particular reason ever given, except that the agenda being advanced, which was obvious to us on the right, was to simply clear the political path for their man, Obama. That goes back years, now. And it goes on, as Murphy explains. At that very newspaper.
Furthermore, Murphy also makes his living partly by making regular commentary on Canada’s state-owned, taxpayer-funded, very left-wing and anti-conservative CBC network — which similarly boosted Obama at every turn, while bashing or at the very least smirking at Sarah Palin (and most every other conservative in North America), all day long. It still does, as Murphy alludes.
Luckily, Murphy has the kind quasi tenure afforded those whose following is so great that any media organization he works for cannot fire him for risk of losing all its readers and even more of its remaining credibility. Or they most assuredly would.