Thursday, July 02, 2009
Every politician stacks the audience at his rallies with friends prepped with planted questions -- remember when Hillary thought Iowans would fall for that? -- but this seems like an unusually cynical example. One is forced to wonder when people are going to suspect they're being had. Perhaps the eruption of Helen Thomas yesterday -- and, seriously, I cannot believe I'm citing her for anything -- is evidence that the state media organizations are getting restive.
CWCID: Glenn Reynolds.
Thee will be serious backlash against our completely compliant failure of a MSM, and this development at the WashPo may start off a popular furor.
Here is the main newspaper in the nations capital selling editorial and columnist access to lobbyists, actively aided in their quest by the Obama administration! Could it get any more starkly clear? [Via a chain of angry bloggers.]
And, TH, as far as the absolutely despicable Helen Thomas goes, perhaps she and her ilk are due one of your posts all their own. Once the Baker Iran Study Group came out with their realpolitic manifesto, she went wild at a memorable March 2006 press conference, where she accused the President of seeking war with the entire middle east when he should instead "talk" to the much-misunderstood mullahcracy. Today, Victor Davis Hanson takes that opinion to task in an transcendentally angry post, calling out all those people who believed, like Thomas, that Bush was wrong.
Our free press has abandoned their role in our constitutional process completely. Of all the costs for which of this political era, it's the one that I regret the most.
They may grouse a bit and even run a few critical stories, but the MSM will never turn against him. Too much cognitive dissonance and pride invested. Also, let's be honest, to burn the midnight oil doing investigative reporting like they did with Sarah Palin's expense reports, and on a lousy salary, is personal. I just don't see animosity against our rulers ever rising to the level that they feel toward Southern Baptists, Mormons, tax-cutters, and other stalwarts of the Republican Party. My memory may be poor on this, but I don't recall a media groundswell against Carter and for Reagan. And if it didn't happen then, after four years of economic and foreign-policy disasters, why do you think there'd be even-handed reporting in 2012?
You have to love the idiot Thomas's exclamation from yesterday, sine it is universally applicable. She is such an idiot! She objects to governmental control of her industry, while supporting their control of everyone else's business!
Can we welcome you to the battle Helen Thomas, or was this just a passing flash of insight?
“What the hell do they think we are, puppets?” Thomas said. “They’re supposed to stay out of our business. They are our public servants. We pay them.”
The press in general hated President Bush. Journalists generally hated him. I canceled my subscription to G.Q. magazine after reading an article on coat sleeve length that compared President Bush to a monkey.
The press loved Obama and did everything they could to get him elected, and Democracy as we knew it died.
All I know is that while Helen decries the government control being exercised by the Obamanation over her profession, Keith Olbermann has gone completely over to the other side. He is now the one man in America who most wishes Bush were still in office. And for good reason: his ratings are way down generally and especioally down among the key demographic. Even worse, as Don Surber notices, O'Reilly's are way up.
You lose Keith.
I personally have no use for Helen Thomas strictly because of her unabashed liberalism. But you have to give the old girl credit - she really gives Gibbs a beating. But if she doesn't get with the program I predict Obama will accomplish what the Bush White House could not - she will be drummed out of the press corp while all of her colleagues watch.