Sale of liberal media star a symbol of looming election verdict on Obama.
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Now, what does this say? Either Mr. Meacham, surely a fine guy and writer of interesting books on subjects like the relationship between FDR and Churchill and, recently, a biography of Andrew Jackson, honestly doesn’t get it. Or, as millions of Americans believe in general about the Bernard Goldberg-dubbed “lamestream media” — he does, and simply chose to be less than forthcoming to O’Reilly about Newsweek’s real agenda.
In any event, Americans have long since decided they know the real answer whether Mr. Meacham chooses to admit it or not. So — they have over time stopped reading Newsweek. Just as they have long ago stopped believing in the liberal agenda, this time from the failed stimulus to ObamaCare.
Let’s go back to the statement announcing Newsweek’s sale from Donald Graham. He also said this:
We’re a public company and we have to consider the price offered. But we’ll have a second and third criteria: the future of Newsweek and the future of those who work here.
Let’s focus on number two, the future of Newsweek.
When CBS premiered Katie Couric as its new anchor, one of Couric’s first moves was to invite Rush Limbaugh to tape a piece of commentary. He did, and CBS enjoyed huge ratings as a result. But here in this space we predicted a steady downward drift for Couric. Why? Because the CBS news team had no intention of absorbing the lessons Rush Limbaugh, his talk radio friends, Fox News and others on the Internet have been delivering to greater and greater success. To wit: CBS had no intention of presenting the news as a straight, fair-and-balanced event. They would sooner, I said, ingest cyanide before making Mr. Limbaugh their anchor, not to mention treat a conservative fairly. They were and are, just as was true of Newsweek, possessed about reporting the news not as it happened but rather with a politically leftward slant to it. Move the clock ahead and sure enough — Katie was out there gunning for Sarah Palin, hoping to paint her as a fool and an idiot when not mumbling right-wing extremities. This was precisely the same treatment endured over the years by every conservative or Republican of note (even the moderate Republicans) from Goldwater to Nixon to Ford to Reagan to the Bushes, Bob Dole, Dan Quayle, John McCain and now Palin. So CBS drifts, Couric frequently rumored for replacement in some sort of mythical search for restored glory days. Days when the news was slanted and everybody believed what they heard.
In fact, if one presents oneself as a moderate Republican, one will find quicker than you can say “John McCain” that your image in the liberal media will be trashed in a nano-second if you are standing between liberal X and control of the White House. George H. W. Bush was saluted respectfully by liberals as long as he could be used to portray his president-son George W. as wild and reckless in comparison. But back in 1992, Newsweek demanded to know if Bill Clinton had what it took to defeat George H.W.
Contrary to what the Newsweek editors and reporters believe, the American people do not believe we’re all socialists now. They want to be Americans, not Europeans. They like Sarah Palin. They love Rush Limbaugh. And in spite of reporter Romano’s fantasy, Reagan Reaganized the Republican Party over the objections of reporters of the day like Romano. Becoming in the process not dogmatic but winners. The American people want more of this, not less. They want their borders protected and their grannies safe from death-dealing government bureaucrats. They see Reagan’s creation of 21 million jobs and Obama’s near 10% unemployment and know exactly what they do not want. They understand full well what they were really reading in the pages of Newsweek, and they were smart enough to understand that putting George Will at the end of the magazine wasn’t anywhere near enough to get them to read the rest. Why? Because “the rest” — the so-called “news” — was as O’Reilly accurately it summed up to managing editor Meacham: it was the news as carefully presented by “a left-wing magazine.”
Newsweek is, as readers have come to understand, not about the news. It’s about the Left. The glories of liberalism and its practitioners as lovingly and carefully presented by liberal writers from Eleanor Clift to Jon Meacham to Evan Thomas and on back to Ben Bradlee and surely others. As long as Newsweek’s future looks like its past, the results will be some version of the same-old, same-old. And the same old in 2009 was a loss of $28 million.
So Newsweek is for sale, not coincidentally as liberalism itself continues its decades-long fall from grace in the polls.
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