Sorry no radio show tonight. I am having a dental moment. Which is to say I’m either in pain or on drugs that make me loopy…
Now then about the media. Last night as the Libya drama unfolded I watched CNN for a bit. I no longer participate in this form of national brainwashing and after 30 minutes of CNN it was clear why I quit them over a year ago.
What was happening on the ground in Tripoli was and is compelling. CNN had some nominal “reporters”..uh… reporting I guess we’ll call it. Information of a sort was recited. What was most striking about my CNN drive by was just how much time every talking head refered to how busy Obama was “while on vacation”. A memo must have gone out. “Talk about how engaged Obama is. Talk about how Presidents never really get vacations. Talk about how Obama had this meeting and that meeting…while on VACATION!” It was so obvious as to be embarrassing. The climax of a 6 month war in north Africa amounted to a vehicle to snuff out complaints about Obama’s ill-timed vacation.
I no longer see the media as the prime conduit for Obama propaganda as it was in 2008. He’s not popular enough any more. 24/7 glowing Obamalove would hurt ratings too much. However, it is still apparent that many, if not most of the personalities in the MSM are still desperate to prop the guy up when ever an event allows. I don’t think they can help it really. It’s in their blood. They see Obama as them, and believe they are Obama. He’s part of their rarefied, smarter than us wee folk, family. There is a desperation to salvage the guy and therefore salvage themselves.
Ezra Klein’s piece today is another example of this apologia. He claims to have thought deeply about what Obama could have done differently…and can, of course, come up with next to nothing. In addiction recovery parlance this conclusion is called denial. The list of what Obama could have done differently – and more intelligently – would easily take up the entire Sunday edition of the Washington Post. One could practically go day by day since 1/21/09. That Klein can’t see this – and I do believe right now he truly can’t – is all about Klein protecting Klein…not Obama. In fact, the ongoing Obama Defense League we call the American Media is furiously in the business of protecting itself….not Obama. Obama is merely the beneficiary. They know they fell for a fool and are desperate to avoid that damning reality as long as possible. And they become less credible by the hour.
The ObamaMedia has disintegrated to this: He tries real hard. That’s really Klein’s meme today. Gee, he’s such a good guy, there really are only a few things one can criticize him for and I can’t really think of any off-hand. And did I mention he’s such a good guy. Look he had a meeting while on vacation! Sheesh, what do people expect – the man to walk on water?
Yes. In fact, that is how he was sold. So, yes, I do expect him to be FDR and Lincoln and Jesus and Queen Elizabeth I all rolled into one astounding superman. Just 3 short years ago that is who the MSM told us we were getting. CNN and Klein and all the rest have decided to skip that part of the Obama narrative, although they are the ones who sold it.
We’ve come to the if only phase. If only the GOP wasn’t so…well…like the GOP. If only the Japanese earthquake had not occurred. If only everyone understood the brilliance of leading from behind. ( A phrase that ranks in absurdity with “We’re the ones we’ve been waiting for.” A sentence that stops thought. ) If only this, if only that. None of it matters or even makes sense. Leaders, real ones, don’t do if only.
The unspoken if only is this: If only people would just adore Obama like we do. This segment of the media is pining for the man they created in 2008. It is pathetic. And a bit sad. Klein wanders on the foggy moors waiting for his mirage to come home from the sea. Everyone now knows the man he helped create never existed…everyone except Klein.
In his piece today Klein is admitting he’s lazy and probably a bit stupid. I wonder if he even realizes this. Smart people sometimes defend the indefensible but it dumbs them down. That’s the price exacted. Klein can make excuses for Obama but he must publicly play dumb to get it done. The list of things Obama could have done differently is not minor. It’s total…and impossible to quantify. In order for Obama to have been successful he would have to have been someone else. I wish people like Klein would cop to this. But they can’t. It would destroy them and they know it. The mistake they made was not minor. It was total.