The Andrew Breitbart-Shirley Sherrod fiasco aside, this week’s uncovering of the ‘Journolist’ conspiracy to suppress stories that were unfavorable to then-2008 presidential candidate Barack Obama has piqued my interest. The Daily Caller’s Jonathan Strong writes:
Others went further. According to records obtained by The Daily Caller, at several points during the 2008 presidential campaign a group of liberal journalists took radical steps to protect their favored candidate. Employees of news organizations including Time, Politico, the Huffington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the Guardian, Salon and the New Republic participated in outpourings of anger over how Obama had been treated in the media, and in some cases plotted to fix the damage. In one instance, Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent urged his colleagues to deflect attention from Obama’s relationship with (Rev. Jeremiah) Wright by changing the subject. Pick one of Obama’s conservative critics, Ackerman wrote, “Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists.”
Today’s news journalists are, I’m sorry to say, unfortunate victims of the last half-century of pro-State propaganda, particularly instilled in the nation’s school system. Post-World War II generations have been fed a steady diet of television and other media that have turned Americans in general into zombies.
But why the control-freakishness of the news media, mainstream and otherwise, in their obsession with manipulating news delivery in such a pathologically biased manner, to the point that the Truth about this or that public figure must be suppressed, and the otherwise true Truth-tellers then maligned and smeared as “racists,” or “anti-Semitic?”
To me, the “liberal news media” have shown their true colors by ending their opposition to the Bush-led wars abroad at the point the wars became Obama-led wars. The “journalists” who bashed Bush for eight years have told me in no uncertain terms that the reason they were bashing Bush and his war policies was not based on principle — of opposing “imperialism” and unnecessary military violence — but was solely because they hated George W. Bush.
Were the “journalists,” particularly news reporters, editors and producers, the objective “truth-tellers” they are supposed to be, they would continue reporting on what the U.S. government is doing abroad. But we don’t hear — at least not from mainstream news sources — about how Obomber has strengthened his executive powers as president and can order the apprehension and indefinite detention of any individual, American or foreigner, without actual suspicion of having committed actual specific acts of terrorism or otherwise harm to others, as well as order the assassination of any individual, American or foreigner, at home or abroad, at any time and anywhere the president deems necessary.
Nor do we hear from any of these “news journalists” about the CIA’s remote-controlled drones that are killing mostly innocent civilians in Afghanistan and Pakistan. (Iranians are next.)
Nor have we heard from the news media about how the Justice Department dropped an open-and-shut case against black members of the New Black Panthers Party accused of voter intimidation and threats against white voters in 2008, because top lawyers in the DOJ refuse to work on cases in which black people are accused of civil rights violations against whites. This erases the idea that “Justice is Blind” and it goes right with the news journalists who have thrown Objectivity in the trash.
For the last 30 or 40 years or so, it seems to me that the journalism schools have no longer been teaching the importance of getting all the facts out there, the what, who, when, where, why, how, etc. As Larry Glick used to say, get “the story behind the story.” Instead, it is important to use one’s role as a news journalist to be an activist and a do-gooder.
But by and large, they have gone beyond that, to the point of actively promoting a pro-State agenda, in which such promotion includes the suppressing of important news stories, and the smearing of those who attempt to bring those topics into the discussion. This pro-State propagandizing is not just of the left, who love expanded State social welfare programs and the Big Government bureaucracies that push them, but of the right, who love their Big Government military socialism and their politicized Leviathan police-state security apparatus.
The journalists of today don’t like the ideas of freedom, because it gets in the way of their worship of their god: the State. The rights of the individual and anyone who advocates those rights are to be silenced in favor of promoting the power of the collective over the individual.
In the pursuit of an agenda by left and right media mouthpieces and their flunkies, the one thing the two sides have in common is their looking down their noses at anyone who promotes Liberty, private property rights, freedom of association and contract, individual responsibility and the moral values of people behaving peacefully and voluntarily in a society of non-aggression.
And in their worship of the State as God, the nudniks (and in some cases, retards) on the left side of the biased journalists had found their idol, their God of our time, Barack Obama. They felt it was vital to their idiocy to ignore and suppress all the information that was out there that showed what an incompetent ignoramus Obama was and what an inexperienced nincompoop he was. The Obama Cultists ignored Obama’s anti-white racism and belligerence and his pro-Islamic Third World anti-Progress bias from “his” books that he (supposedly) wrote, his 20-year intimate relationships with the anti-white, anti-American, anti-Jewish Rev. Jeremiah Wright and the ‘small-c communist’ Bill Ayers, and they ignored Obama’s non-accessible academic record.
Most importantly, the left-biased journalists actively suppressed information and actively worked to get Obama elected for one reason and only one reason: because of his race. I don’t know if it’s because of white guilt or what the reason might be. But when you support someone or oppose someone on the basis of race, that is exactly what racism is. This obsession with race and other superficial qualities of people has become such a social pathology and a sickness. In total defiance and opposition to what Rev. Martin Luther King stood for, judging people by the content of their character and not the color of their skin, the left-biased journalists actively got a totalitarian madman elected president.