The outlandish attack on Rick Perry by the Washington Post over the weekend, essentially charging him with a close association with a camping ground that had once had a racially charged name, is the latest in a “get Perry” series of articles in liberal papers. The New York Times has been especially bad.
And, as soon as Chris Christie emerged recently as a man who might reverse his decision and actually run for the presidency, The Times was ready with a devastating piece picturing Christie as a tool of shadowy, well-heeled financial movers and shakers. In other words, a tool of Wall Street. And now some liberal columnists are becoming obsessed with his weight.
African-American candidate Herman Cain has been bludgeoned for saying that blacks have been brainwashed into remaining Democrats. What he said has been said often, and barely needed repeating, but apparently Herman has committed some kind of sin.
Michele Bachmann has been Palinized, essentially treated as a crackpot. She is a loose cannon, but she is not a crackpot. At her best, she is a sharp debater whose thunder has been stolen by Rick Perry.
Bottom line, the press is no better than in 2008, and may be worse. Although many liberal journalists are plainly disappointed by the fact that Barack Obama is not quite the man on horseback they had expected – he left the horse in the barn in Chicago – they will still fight for him because they are invested in him. And they will seek to destroy anyone who runs against him. If they have to play the race card, they will do so gladly. The worst Obama is better than the best Perry or Christie. They are not going to admit that they were wrong in 2008.
Please remember: Journalists rarely admit major mistakes. They will rush to correct someone’s middle name if it came out wrong in a story. But they will never admit they got the story wrong. We still live with the legacy of uninformed, behind-the-times, hack reporting of the Vietnam War, when we were authoritatively told by Walter Cronkite and his admirers that the war was unwinnable. In fact, we never lost a battle in Vietnam, and, by the time Cronkite issued his legendarily famous report “from the field in Vietnam,” it was evident that the enemy was suffering terribly.
In part, the renewed press bias we’re seeing right now is cultural. The Obama people are their people. The Republicans are aliens, American nationalists who must be stopped. This was pounded into their journalistic heads by the very professors who taught them in America’s “elite” colleges and universities. After all, the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia, my own alma mater, recently gave one of its most prestigious awards to Al Jazeera, a corrupt Mideast news organization owned by an Arab dictatorship. Think of the kind of faculty that would give such an award, and think of the human products they turn out.
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