There’s always a silver lining, right? And if there’s a silver lining to the shameful sycophancy of the mainstream media when it comes to Barack Obama, surely it’s that it gives us a prime opportunity to make a public mockery of the disgrace this institution has become. It gives us an opportunity to forever shake up the way Americans get their news. It gives us an opportunity to wrest away from the left one of their primary weapons in the culture war.
I wouldn’t say this if it wasn’t as bad as it was. For instance, the media loved Bill Clinton. They adored him and still revere him. But it’s nothing compared to the worship they direct at Barack Obama. The difference is so noticeable, the effusive adoration they can’t help but pour on The One is so obvious, that even some left-leaners are beginning to take exception.
Left-wing Daily Beast author and Fox News contributor Kirsten Powers seems to be leading the charge. Last Friday, Powers was discussing with host Jon Scott on the program “Happening Now” a book called “Panic 2012.” The book was written by Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings (a man who noted in his book that he “fell into the trap of asking Obama soft questions”). In it, he writes this revealing passage:
That's the presence of Obama, even on the press corps, even on the people who follow him every day. When they're near him, they lose their minds sometimes. They start behaving in ways that are juvenile and amateurish, and they swoon.
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Now before we go any further, think about how dangerous that is. If the media’s objective is to “speak truth to power” as they told us during the Bush administration, how dangerous is it that they can’t stay focused, nor objective, in dealing with the man who is consolidating more and more power? Is this not how tyrannies are built? Powers commented:
I think we need to hire some grown-ups to cover the president. This is not acceptable behavior, and the fact that you have somebody talking about it, I mean, I think he's sort of being critical, but he's telling us that these people are incapable of covering the president.
I don’t think Powers is intending a pejorative attack on the media here. I don’t think it’s a juvenile insult directed at them. I think it’s a valid critique. If the media cannot contain their emotions enough to be objective and professional – if they can’t help but act like children – then they are no good to us and should be replaced with people who can do the job. The truth is that the media has a very important role, and it’s so important that the ones who are doing it so poorly right now are a huge danger to us all. Powers concluded:
“I think John's being very generous here to the White House press corps,” Powers stated. “The purpose of a journalist is to hold people in power accountable. I know this is probably a surprise to some journalists today, but that's actually what they’re supposed to be doing.
“They’re not supposed to be swooning. I mean, I wouldn’t swoon if I interviewed the president. I would go in, I would love to have the opportunity actually, and go in to ask him some tough questions,” Powers said.
She’s right. And she wasn’t done. Following Sunday’s horrendous 60 minutes “interview” with Hillary and Obama, Powers was beside herself:
MARTHA MACCALLUM, HOST: Kirsten, a lot of criticism about this interview, that this was a real missed opportunity to have the President of the United States, the Secretary of State, both have guided the country in, you know, very tough economic times and international situations, and there was just no real questions.
KIRSTEN POWERS: No, there wasn't. I mean, it really was something you would expect from like the state-run media. You know, it was that kind of level of propaganda as far as I'm concerned. First of all, 60 Minutes was transparently being used as a campaign advertisement, which, you know, if they're okay with that, then okay but, I...
MACCALLUM: Why would they do this? They don't have to do that? Why?
POWERS: Well, I can understand maybe agreeing to the interview, asking, letting them have like maybe one softball question in the beginning, and then move on to more important things. But the reality is, this was a joke. I mean it really was.
You look at it, and even, just not challenging basic things, like the President claiming that Hillary’s been a great Secretary of State in part because they have dismantled al Qaeda. Now, I'm sorry, it’s just, does anyone paying attention to what’s going on in North Africa? Why is the President not asked about Algeria, Mali?
This is beginning to dawn on more people. The media is making a mockery of themselves and they can’t help it. Obama is “their kryptonite” according to Tucker Carlson. I think he’s right, and I think it provides us an excellent opportunity to shame them into oblivion. I think the moment is ripe to mock them to the point that average citizens don’t want to tell anyone if they watch the mainstreamers. I think we can make it so that people who recite what they heard on “the news” are chastised like those who recite what they read in “The Enquirer” or other mags in the grocery store check-out aisle.
The second administration of Barack Obama could be the death of the mainstream media...if we take proper advantage.