Today, the mainstream media voluntarily behave the way the Soviet media were forced to.
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Phillips did not mention that the crowd and the rock star status may have had something to do with the actual rock concert and free beer offered before Obama spoke.
The hard-nosed Associated Press reported on Obama’s Berlin rock concert:
“In this city where John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton all made famous speeches, Obama will find himself stepping into perhaps another iconic moment Thursday as his superstar charisma meets German adoration live in shadows of the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate…. It’s not only Obama’s youth, eloquence and energy that have stolen hearts across the Atlantic…. Obama has raised expectations of a chance for the nation to redeem itself in the role that — at various times through history — Europe has loved, respected and relied upon.”
Veteran NBC reporter Andrea Mitchell added, “It was his largest crowd ever, more than 200,000 people. And before this group he promised Europe that he would repair its strained relationship with the United States.” Neither Mitchell nor the AP bothered to report that America’s “strained relationship” with Europe would seem to have been repaired and redeemed by the election of pro-U.S. governments in France, Germany, and Italy, and the continuation of the pro-U.S. government in Great Britain, all since the liberation of Iraq so condemned by the defeated European Left.
Meanwhile, back at home, ABC’s Nightline was reporting, “If you have a younger sibling, you can probably relate to what Senator John McCain has been going through this week. Whatever he does, everybody seems to be talking about the new kid in town,” and, “Pity the poor Straight Talk Express. While Barack Obama is off globe-trotting, grabbing all that high-profile, high octane attention, we’re here on the tarmac in Allentown, Pennsylvania.”
Yet, when McCain later went on an out of country trip, Robin Roberts of ABC News reported, “Why is Senator McCain abroad when Americans are focused on the economy here at home and losing jobs, more and more jobs.”
We are no longer dealing with media bias here. It has gone well beyond that, to outright partisanship and political activism. The so-called mainstream media, ABC, CBS, NBC, Time, Newsweek, CNN, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and others, are no longer journalistic enterprises. They are political activist groups posing as journalistic enterprises. The American people consequently no longer enjoy the benefits of a free and independent press. They suffer with a party-controlled press.
THE AMERICAN PEOPLE recognize what is going on. A survey by the liberal Pew Research Center for the People and the Press found that “by a margin of 70%-9%, Americans say most journalists want to see Obama, not John McCain win on Nov. 4.” Even 62% of Democrats recognized the media favoritism for Obama. Another Pew poll found that only 30% of the public believes all or most of what CNN reports, with 24% for NBC and 22% for CBS. A Rasmussen poll found that by a margin of 10-1, the public believes that reporters were trying to hurt Sarah Palin politically through their coverage.
These views are well grounded in reality. A study by the Center for Media and Public Affairs found that since the conventions news reports about Obama were two-thirds positive and one-third negative. For McCain it was just the opposite. The Center also found that late night comics targeted 7 times as many jokes at the Obama ticket as compared to the McCain ticket. Even the liberal Project for Excellence in Journalism found that during the fall campaign, unfavorable stories about McCain outweighted favorable ones by more than 3 to 1. But the MRC found that the networks produced 7 times as many positive reports about Obama as negative ones.
One result of this party-controlled press is that after reading, say, the New York Times or the Washington Post, you are dumber than you were before, because now you have learned so much that is just not so. Consider Washington Post business columnist Steven Pearlstein, who wrote in an August 1 column, “Wave Good-Bye to the Invisible Hand,” that “It is not the protectionists of the AFL-CIO or CNN who are primarily to blame for the erosion of public support” for free trade. According to Pearlstein, “the blame lies squarely with a business community that continues to support Republican politicians who refuse to raise the taxes and spend the money necessary to provide the economic safety net for American workers that a free market economy has not, and will not, provide.”
Really now. The federal government maintains 85 means tested, safety net programs which will cost this year almost $750 billion, about 25% more than national defense. That’s right. We are already spending 25% more on welfare than on national defense. This does not even include the safety net programs Social Security and Medicare. Social Security will spend about $615 billion this year, with another $400 billion for Medicare, for a total of over $1 trillion. That makes $1.7 trillion in federal safety net spending this year alone, out of a total federal budget of about $3 trillion.
Really, Mr. Pearlstein, isn’t that enough? Isn’t that excessive, overgrown spending, in fact, already way too much?
ANOTHER PROBLEM with the party-controlled press is that the American people really just can’t get the actual news, they can’t find out what is really going on, unless they access the few, actually free and independent media outlets, like the Wall Street Journal, New York Post, Washington Times, Fox News, talk radio, conservative political magazines, or some local newspapers.
For example, recently on CNN, Special Correspondent Frank Sesno labeled Rep. Rahm Emanuel, announced as President-elect Obama’s chief of staff, as “center to center-right.” But the American Conservative Union gave Emanuel’s voting record a score of 13% conservative in 2003, 4% in 2006, and 0% in 2007. The liberal Americans for Democratic Action, by contrast, gave Emanuel’s record a score of 95% liberal in 2003, a perfect 100% liberal in 2004 and 2005, 90% in 2006, and 95% in 2007.
The model for a free and independent press is, in fact, the much maligned (by liberal left extremists) Fox News. If you examine its broadcasts closely, you will find that its policy is to include 50% liberals and 50% conservatives. Along with Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly (whom many conservatives consider too moderate), Fox News features liberals Geraldo Rivera and Alan Colmes, and Democrat Greta van Sustern. Regular contributors include liberal Democrats Juan Williams, Mara Liasson of National Public Radio, and Morton Kondracke, Democrat pollsters and strategists Bob Beckel, Pat Caddell, and Dick Morris, and liberal academics. Check out the guests who are interviewed on all of their shows. They are evenly balanced liberal and conservative.
By contrast, if you look at the so-called mainstream, party-controlled media, you rarely see any conservatives at all. Their ruling mantra is obviously to broadcast or print the liberal left party line, and to exclude conservatives and their views, which they openly deride instead. So all the yelling and screaming we hear about Fox News, dear conservatives, are really objections against having you included to any significant degree. It is a demand that you be muzzled as socially unacceptable.
So speak up, conservatives, defend Fox News, and talk radio, and the rest of the limited free press. Attack their attackers, and demand an end to old fashioned, fascist, party control of major news media outlets. America must have a free and independent press across the board.
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