Saturday, August 6, 2016

The Press That Cried Wolf

Call it the price of bias. Or else, call it another case of the boy who cried wolf.

The American press has been so biased for so long that when it attacked Donald Trump the critique fell on deaf Republican ears. Republicans had heard it all before, so they had no reason to believe it now. Instinctively, they rose to defend Donald Trump, as they had when the object of media calumny had been named McCain or Romney.

Karol Markowicz opened her Daily Beast article with this:

His convention was called “one of the worst ever.” Chris Matthews deemed him “dangerous” and “scary,” Ellen DeGeneres said “If you’re a woman, you should be very, very scared.” His opponent ran an ad against him portraying him as uniquely dangerous for women. “I’ve never felt this way before, but it’s a scary time to be a woman,” said a woman in the ad.

He was frequently called a “bully,” “anti-immigrant,” “racist,” “stupid,” and “unfit” to be president.

I’m referring, obviously, to the terrifying Mitt Romney.

And that was just the beginning. You are not dealing with the fourth state. You are not even dealing with a press that pretends to be objective. You are dealing with the propaganda arm of the Democratic National Committee.

While Fox provides something of a counterbalance, most Americans still get their news from tainted leftist sources.

Compare it with the way the press treated candidate Barack Obama:

Lest you imagine all presidential candidates get this kind of media treatment, well, not quite. Barack Obama wasn’t stupid when he said there were 57 states. He wasn’t racist when he listened to Pastor Jeremiah Wright’s sermons for 20 years. He wasn’t insane when he said he would lower the oceans. He wasn’t unfit when he said he would end the Iraq war on the very day he took office. He continually got the benefit of the doubt that Republicans never get from the press.

As I have often had occasion to mention, the press painted John McCain and Mitt Romney as horrors, while giving Obama a pass on Jeremiah Wright. And yet, Jeremiah Wright's protege sold out to the mullahs in Teheran, even to the point of paying ransom for hostages. And lying about it.

Do you think that the leftist media will call out Obama on his lie. Not at all. They will ignore it just as they ignore his recent assertion that Israel is on board with the Iran nuclear deal. Within hours of hearing the assertion Israel declared that it was untrue. The press will ignore it, just as they ignore that Obama's sellout has left Iran with the ability to put together a nuclear weapon in less than two years. Link here. 

Markowicz concludes:

If every Republican is always unfit for the presidency then Trump is no different and it shouldn’t be surprising that rank-and-file Republican voters are lining up behind him. They know there aren’t actually any Republicans of which the media approves. There’s a joke among Republicans that the only GOP candidate the media likes is one who has no chance of winning. John McCain was a media darling when he lost in the 2000 primary to George W. Bush but not when he was actually running against a Democrat in 2008.


Dennis said...

This demonstrate the real bias of democrats with a byline, mainstream media.

I am amazed at how uncaring the outrage machine is to people who have been lied to by Hillary or used by Obama as political pawns. I could say I am more outraged at people who cannot or will not see the difference? If it wasn't so egregious I might not feel that way. Some of the comments are interesting.

Sam L. said...

Those "boys" have cried "Wolf" and "HITLER" not three times, but more like three million times. They have cried "Savior" and such like to the left as many times. It is no wonder we ignore their lies, for they are bought and paid for.

AesopFan said...

They didn't have to be bought; they asked for the chains and thanked the people who locked them on.

Ares Olympus said...

A lot of whining here. I can now see why resentment exists among republicans.

Stuart: And yet, Jeremiah Wright's protege [Obama] sold out to the mullahs in Teheran, even to the point of paying ransom for hostages. And lying about it.

But speculations are not facts just because you believe them.

How would we prove Obama your accusation? In the eyes of the law, people are innocent until proven guilty.

Perhaps someday soon WikiLeaks will share secret documents that prove it was a ransom payment, but until then, we might expect the media to base their news on evidence, not conspiracy.

Interestingly there was a parallel case claiming Reagan paid off the Iranian leadership to get Carter's hostages freed. Was that conspiracy true?
One of the leading national issues during that year was the release of 52 Americans being held hostage in Iran since November 4, 1979. Reagan won the election. On the day of his inauguration—in fact, 20 minutes after he concluded his inaugural address—the Islamic Republic of Iran announced the release of the hostages. The timing gave rise to an allegation that representatives of Reagan's presidential campaign had conspired with Iran to delay the release until after the election to thwart President Carter from pulling off an "October surprise".

According to the allegation, the Reagan Administration rewarded Iran for its participation in the plot by supplying Iran with weapons via Israel and by unblocking Iranian government monetary assets in US banks.

The allegations that the Reagan team subverted the U.S. government's attempt to resolve the hostage crisis were generally regarded as an unsupported conspiracy theory until the Iran-Contra affair was exposed in 1986, which showed that the U.S. government had made a secret deal with the Iranian government in 1985 to covertly supply Iran with arms, with the funds being used to support the Nicaraguan Contras. Investigations of the Iran-Contra affair, in which the Central Intelligence Agency played a central role, made the 1980 October Surprise allegations, in which Iran and the CIA also figured, seem less implausible, leading to more serious investigation of the claims.

After twelve years of mixed media attention, both houses of the US Congress held separate inquiries and concluded that the allegations lacked supporting documentation.

Nevertheless, several individuals—most notably former Iranian President Abulhassan Banisadr, former Naval intelligence officer and National Security Council member Gary Sick; and former Reagan/Bush campaign and White House staffer Barbara Honegger—have stood by the allegation.
"Those families know we have a policy that we don't pay ransom," Obama said. "And the notion that we would somehow start now, in this high-profile way, and announce it to the world, even as we're looking in the faces of other hostage families whose loved ones are being held hostage, and saying to them we don't pay ransom, defies logic."

"We announced these payments in January. Many months ago. They were not a secret," Obama said during a news conference at the Pentagon. "It wasn't a secret. We were completely open with everybody about it."

Obama is SO SMART he can be completely open about an unpopular payment, and still get away with it because of the liberal media. Outrageous.

Ares Olympus said...

Karol Markowicz: [Romney] was frequently called a “bully,” “anti-immigrant,” “racist,” “stupid,” and “unfit” to be president.

It is perhaps ironic to hear Romney offering similar charges against Trump. Romney almost sounds like a Democrat, although he was governor of a blue state so he had practice speaking their language.
"Here's what I know: Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud," Romney said. "His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He's playing members of the American public for suckers: He gets a free ride to the White House, and all we get is a lousy hat."

Romney said that "dishonesty is Donald Trump's hallmark," pointing to his "bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd third-grade theatrics."

The media should just be quiet and let the Republican whining against their candidate do their heavy lifting.

And Hillary could run 100% Republican attack ads for 3 months, so much money saved!

I do hope this blog itself will be prescient in forecasting a Trump blowout.

Myself, I'm waiting for the fat lady to sing on November 9th morning before I'll feel safe. The "pissed off" voter base can still expand with the right combination of economic chaos, and Python Kaa's hypnotic singing.

Or is Kaa really Obama? We might all feel betrayed when Iran gets their nukes and demands a seat at the big boy table.

Dennis said...


Stop transferring your rage and whining to others. What utter drivel. It does not surprise me that you cannot or will not see the differences.