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BLANKLEY: Media covering for Obama

Obama remains unknown
Tony Blankley
Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The mainstream media have gone over the line and are now straight out propagandists for the Obama campaign. While they have been liberal and blinkered in their worldview for decades, in 2007-08 for the first time, the major media are consciously covering for one candidate for president and consciously knifing the other. This is no longer journalism — it is simply propaganda. (The American left-wing version of the Volkischer Beobachter cannot be far behind.) And as a result, we are less than seven weeks away from possibly electing a president who has not been thoroughly and even half way honestly presented to the country by our watchdogs — the press.

The image of Barack Obama that the press has presented is not a fair approximation of the real man. They have consciously ignored whole years in his life, and showed a lack of curiosity about such gaps that bespeaks a lack of journalistic instinct. Thus, the public image of Mr. Obama is of a "Man who never was." I take that phrase from a 1956 movie about a real life WWII British intelligence operation to trick the Germans into thinking the Allies were going to invade Greece, rather than Italy, in 1943. Operation "Mincemeat" involved the acquisition of a human corpse dressed as a Maj. William Martin, R.M. and put into the sea near Spain. Attached to the corpse was a brief-case containing fake letters suggesting that the Allied attack would be against Sardinia and Greece.

To make the operation credible, British intelligence created a fictional life for the corpse — a letter from a lover, tickets to a London theater, all the details of a life — but not the actual life of the dead young man whose corpse was being used. So, too, the man the media has presented to the nation as Mr. Obama is not the real man.

The mainstream media ruthlessly and endlessly repeats any McCain gaffes, while ignoring Obama gaffes. You have to go to weird little Internet sites to see all the stammering and stuttering that Mr. Obama needs before getting out a sentence fragment or two. But all you see on the networks is an eventual one or two clear sentences from Mr. Obama. Nor do you see Mr. Obama's ludicrous gaffe that Iran is a tiny country and no threat to us. Nor his 57 American states gaffe. Nor his forgetting, if he ever knew, that Russia has a veto in the United Nations. Nor his whining and puerile "come on" when he is being challenged. This is the kind of editing one would expect from Goebbels' disciples, not Cronkite's.

More appalling, NBC's "Saturday Night Live" suggested that Gov. Sarah Palin's husband had sex with his own daughters. That scene was written with the assistance of Al Franken, Democratic Party candidate for Senate in Minnesota. Talk about incest.

But worse than all the unfair and distorted reporting and image projecting, is the shocking gaps in Mr. Obama's life that are not reported at all. The major media simply has not reported on Mr. Obama's two years at Columbia University in New York, where, among other things, he lived a mere quarter mile from former terrorist Bill Ayers— after which they both ended up as neighbors and associates in Chicago. Mr. Obama denies more than a passing relationship with Mr. Ayers. Should the media be curious? In only two weeks the media has focused on all the colleges Mrs. Palin has attended, her husband's driving habits 20 years ago and the close criticism of Mrs. Palin's mayoral political opponents. But in two years they haven't bothered to see how close Mr. Obama was with the terrorist Ayers.

Nor have the media paid any serious attention to Mr. Obama's rise in Chicago politics — how did honest Obama rise in the famously sordid Chicago political machine with the full support of Boss Daley? Despite the great — and unflattering details on Mr. Obama's Chicago years presented in David Freddoso's new book, the mainstream media continues to ignore both the facts and the book. It took a British publication, the Economist, to give Mr. Freddoso's book a review with fair comment.

The public image of Mr. Obama as an idealistic, post-race, post-partisan, well-spoken and honest young man with the wisdom and courage befitting a great national leader is a confection spun by a willing conspiracy of Mr. Obama, his publicist David Axelrod and most of the senior editors, producers and reporters of the national media.

Perhaps that is why the National Journal's respected correspondent Stuart Taylor has written that "the media can no longer be trusted to provide accurate and fair campaign reporting and analysis." That conspiracy has not only photo-shopped out all of Mr. Obama's imperfections (and dirtied up his opponent Mr. McCain's image), but it has put most of his questionable history down the memory hole.

The public will be voting based on the idealized image of the man who never was. If he wins, however, we will be governed by the sunken, cynical man Mr. Obama really is. One can only hope that the senior journalists will be judged as harshly for their professional misconduct as Wall Street's leaders currently are for their failings.

Tony Blankley is a syndicated columnist.

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Submitted by Fyt35 on Fri, 09/26/2008 - 7:41am.

continued the dirty liberal politics and the Palin bashing when Larry King hosted comedian Chris Rock. I know he is a comedian but he is truly disrespectful and for the station to rerun his comments along with the idiotic morning hosts chuckling about, the media is showing its true colors. He commented that Palin reminded him of Kim Kardashian in Dancing with the Stars, “so much a$$ to shake and she doesn’t know what to do with it”. What has this come to? Are the liberals doing whatever it takes including character assassination to ensure the election of The Anointed One?
You go ahead and elect the 200+ day senate rookie as President in the middle of the current crisis, I hope his teleprompter can help him!

Submitted by skyspy on Fri, 09/26/2008 - 7:27am.

First of all it would be politically incorrect to critize obvious political flaws of a man who is half white.

Second of all he offers Americans what they crave....a quick fix.

They don't want to hear what that change will be. They don't want a concrete plan.

They want what every 2yrs old in a candy store wants. They want what they want and they want it now, with no hard work invovled. They don't want to hear that there is no free lunch in life. They want to believe in a false god with no plan.

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Submitted by diva on Fri, 09/26/2008 - 10:16am.

A candidate for VP says something about Putin rearing his head over the airspace of Alaska and we aren't supposed to say, "What the heck?"

The President (Republican), his repuvblican econ appointees, the house and senate democrats, and the senate republicans are all on one page for a fix to our economic crisis created under the Bush administration. John Mccain and house repubs are in their own world... Yet it's the democrat's fault? Okay. Run on that one guys.

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Submitted by meanoldconservatives on Fri, 09/26/2008 - 12:11pm.

You mean like a candidate for President who says there are 57 states in our country?

Like that same candidate saying Iran is just a small country and no threat to us?

Like that same candidate saying "There was something stirring across the country because of what happened in Selma, Ala., because some folks are willing to march across a bridge. So they got together and Barack Obama Jr. was born." (Even though Barry was born in 1961 and the Selma march took place in 1965????)

Like that same candidate stating 10,000 people died in a Kansas tornado when the actual death toll was.......12???

By the way....what is a "repuvblican"??? You had really improved your spelling for a little while, but now look at this.....

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Submitted by sniffles5 on Fri, 09/26/2008 - 12:26pm.

Regarding Iran, Obama was comparing the military capability of Iran's current regime to the height of the Soviet menace back in the 1970s...

you and I both know that comparatively speaking, Iran poses virtually no military threat to the United States.

Perhaps you should stick to cutting and pasting rightwing editorials until you can come up with something halfway intelligent to share.

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Submitted by meanoldconservatives on Fri, 09/26/2008 - 12:42pm.

That was what Barry said in Portland. If there was nothing to correct according to your weak excuse making, why did he flip-flop the very next day and say "I’ve made it clear for years that the threat from Iran is grave."?????

So maybe you think they are no threat to us, but it looks like Barry changed his mind. Or, I guess his advisers changed his mind.

Perhaps you should lay off the excuse making for Barry and read what he said. You also might look for another picture for your blogs. It makes you look petty and ignorant.

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Submitted by sniffles5 on Fri, 09/26/2008 - 12:56pm.

Moc, if you want to persist in your delusion that Iran nowadays is as powerful militarily as the old Soviet Union, by all means indulge your delusion.

The Soviets had something like 20 nuclear warheads at one time targeted on Atlanta. Try as I might, I cannot envision Iran possessing that sort of destructive capability.

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Submitted by meanoldconservatives on Fri, 09/26/2008 - 1:44pm.

I know things must seem to be happening in a blur on this blog to you, so take a deep breath. Then, go back and show me where I said anything at all about how much of a threat Iran is. Go show me where I compared them to the Soviet Union period. You are the one who tried to compare them to the Soviet threat of old. You were explaining to us what the boy king really meant when he made that gaffe. He said it and then tried to cover it up the next day.

The fact is they are a threat to us. Whether it will ever rise to the level that the Soviets were, we don't know yet. But, you never know how big it could grow, if they combine efforts with others....

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