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Posted: May 14, 2013 at 10:00 am   /   by

IRS targets Americans for political reasons, the Administration targets the Press, Sebelius shakes down private businesses, Benghazi lies continue . . . and the media are still yawning

Consider for a moment, if this were still the George W. Bush administration in office.  First we have the revelations this past week about the deliberate lies and the cover-up in the wake of the administration’s failures at Benghazi, which cost four Americans their lives.  Next comes the bombshell that the IRS has been deliberately targeting political groups and individuals from the opposing party for their tender attentions.  And finally, we learn the Department of Justice has secretly tapped the phones of the Associated Press.  I know the comparison has become cliché, but who honestly thinks the Bush administration, or any Republican administration for that matter would survive any of these scandals, let alone all three?  Cliché or not, this thought exercise should be repeated again and again so long as we have such continuing dishonesty and hypocrisy in the way such scandals are portrayed in the media, that is if they are covered at all.  Even more disturbing is the inevitable conclusion any honest mind will reach in the wake of this week of revelations: this is an administration that deliberately colors waaaay outside the lines of the law, and they have no purpose nobler than their own self-interest in so doing.

Of the three major scandals, one would imagine the bugging of the Associated Press would be most likely to get the media all worked-up.  Apparently, you would imagine wrong.  In looking through the websites of major online news sources, here are the lead stories as of Tuesday morning, May 14th, still hours after the bugging story broke:

CNN – Angelina Jolie’s double-mastectomy

NBC News – Kenneth Feinberg, the man who “puts a price on pain”

CBS News – Angelina Jolie again

ABC News – Apparently Angelina Jolie’s mastectomy is far and away the most important story in America today!

New York Times – The IRS Scandal (In typical Times fashion, their story is not about the scandal, but a defense of the IRS! I’m not kidding, go read it yourself!)

Fox News –  At last, someone covering the AP bugging story!

Reuters – A puff-piece about poor Obama having to deal with three major “problems” all at the same time.

Is it any wonder why Americans have so little trust or respect left for the media?  With few and rare exceptions, the media are either busy pushing their own political agenda, or doing tabloid stories about celebrities.

Everybody remembers Abu Ghraib. Naked pyramids, oh the horror.  For months, the media did story after story trying to tie Abu Ghraib directly to the White House in apparent certainty that if they only could dig deep enough, they could find orders directly from Bush or Rumsfeld explicitly instructing the whole thing.  Remember Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson?  Again, the media spent more than a year trying to prove that George Bush had deliberately “outed” a non-covert, working-mom who had been manning a desk in Langley, Virginia for the previous five years, completely missing the actual scandal, which was the lies she and her husband had told in a deliberate attempt to smear the administration.  For eight years, we listened to the media editorialize about an imperious and lawless administration.  Now, we have an ACTUAL lawless administration, repeatedly abusing its power, and we get multiple stories about Angelina Jolie’s mastectomy.

This is the predictable, inevitable result of willfully demonizing your political opponents.  Once you have convinced everyone on your side that everyone on the other side is not just wrong, but EVIL, the rules of the game change.  Political is no longer just a contest of ideas, beating the other side becomes a moral imperative, and the end justifies the means, no matter if those means are outside the law.  And once you take that step, you become the very demon you claim to be fighting against, you become lawless, imperious, and abusive of power.

For eight years under George W. Bush, we heard the mantra that, even if they couldn’t prove Bush was directly responsible for scandals and abuses, both real and imagined, he still “created the atmosphere” which allowed these things to happen.  In a truly ironic twist, today we have an administration that expends great energy deliberately creating just such a REAL “atmosphere,” and the response from the media and the voters on the left is crickets and apathy.  A legitimate question is why they should be taken the least bit seriously ever again.

Greg Conterio

Gregory Conterio grew-up in the middle of the cornfields of central Illinois, spent 12 years living in the People’s Republic of Los Angeles, and another 15 in Miami, Florida, giving him a first-hand perspective on the rich variability of American culture.  Although formally educated in zoology, he saw opportunity in the then emerging Information technology field 25 years ago, and has remained there ever since, although he denies being an early pioneer in the now fashionable trend of pursuing useless college degrees.  Having an entrepreneurial background, Gregory has long been a staunch advocate of free markets and minimal government intrusion into our lives.  He currently runs a small IT consulting firm based in South Florida, where he resides with his wife of 25 years, his daughter, three Whippets, and an unknown but growing number of chickens, having discovered belatedly the rural lifestyle is not so bad after all.


  1. rofomoreno says:

    I can imagine Dan LaFontaine, the “Movie Voice Guy” reading that great title “IRS TARGETS AMERICA …. AND THE MEDIA ARE STILL YAWNING!” (when does the movie debut?).
    Why is it that in 2008, a couple of humble blue collar Latino types like my wife and I, both of us Democrat and Conservative, had no difficulty seeing these corruption chickens coming home to roost at the feet of the media  – deception being invited, made to feel welcome and given a place of honor at America’s table? Why are we not a bit surprised nearly six years later?
    Why is it that Liberals regardless be they the deceivers or the deceived, believe themselves and their acts to be invisible or free of shame (often both quite comfortably, thank you very much) and free from the scrutiny of truth? As if truth were an imbalance to their new form of justice.
    This is nothing but indicative of how ruthlessly apathetic Liberalism has made both it’s leaders and followers. An absolute blindness with disregard for the Constitution and their fellow Americans who wisely choose to keep Liberalism at the very least, at arms length.

    1. @rofomoreno I believe there is a clear and unequivocal answer to your question. The fundamental trait of all left-liberals is this: The believe that through the state, they can build paradise on earth. They believe that with enough tinkering and coercion, and rule by “experts,” they can eliminate all hard choices and competing goods, perfect human nature, and bring all good things to all people. This utopian thinking quickly leads to an unavoidable conclusion, echoed from the French Revolution to Lenin and Stalin to Mao to the Progressives of the modern era: On ne fait pas d’omelet sans casser des oeufs. (You can’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs.) To the utopian statist, “process costs” are entirely acceptable. They are building paradise, after all. What’s a little lying here, a little corruption there? They are building paradise. What’s a little cheating in the face of all they intend to accomplish? They are so convinced of the nobility of their intentions, in fact, that they believe that anyone who stands in their way must, by definition, have evil intentions. After all, who but a monster would stand in the way of paradise? And what consideration do monsters deserve? Why none at all, of course—they’re monsters. To them, you are just another process cost. Their willingness to accept process costs on the road to their utopia goes beyond corruption and lying—if you are in their way, you are a target. They will calumniate you, deny you employment, bear false witness against you, and deploy 1000 different ways to harm you. Given enough power, they will kill you, as 100 million poor souls discovered in the 20th century.