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.
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