Saturday, October 05, 2013
For reasons that go beyond reason and into the area of psychosis, the MSM still refuses to face the fact that the Obama administration is a lie from beginning to end. They willingly suspended disbelief when Obama told them that he would run, is running, has run, the most transparent administration is history. And even when they admit to each other that he’s in charge of the “most closed, control-freak administration I’ve ever covered” they still remain enthralled.
Via Hot Air
“A memo went out from the chief of staff a year ago to White House employees and the intelligence agencies that told people to freeze and retain any e-mail, and presumably phone logs, of communications with me,” Sanger said. As a result, longtime sources no longer talk to him. “They tell me: ‘David, I love you, but don’t e-mail me. Let’s don’t chat until this blows over.’ ”Sanger, who has worked for the Times in Washington for two decades, said, “This is most closed, control-freak administration I’ve ever covered.”Many leak investigations include lie-detector tests for government officials with access to the information at issue. “Reporters are interviewing sources through intermediaries now,” Barr told me, “so the sources can truthfully answer on polygraphs that they didn’t talk to reporters.”The investigations have been “a kind of slap in the face” for reporters and their sources, said Smith of the Center for Public Integrity. “It means you have to use extraordinary measures for contacts with officials speaking without authorization.”Amusingly, Downie posits this question at the end of the essay:Will Obama recognize that all this threatens his often-stated but unfulfilled goal of making government more transparent and accountable? None of the Washington news media veterans I talked to were optimistic.“Whenever I’m asked what is the most manipulative and secretive administration I’ve covered, I always say it’s the one in office now,” Bob Schieffer, CBS News anchor and chief Washington correspondent, told me. “Every administration learns from the previous administration. They become more secretive and put tighter clamps on information. This administration exercises more control than George W. Bush’s did, and his before that.”Does it even occur to Downie that Obama’s claim to deliver “the most transparent administration ever” (not just incrementally more transparent than before) was simply a load of hogwash? Apparently not.
At a time when Stalin was murdering the Kulaks and sending millions to the Gulag, the typical Russian was still saying to their friends “if only comrade Stalin knew.” The denizens of the MSM are psychologically incapable of believing that the Obama administration is doing exactly what Barack Obama wants. Administration officials are not being hooked up to lie detectors because the FBI is out of control, it’s what Obama wants. When the IRS audits Obama opponents, it’s not going rogue, it’s doing what Obama wants. The Park Police are not disobeying Obama when they closed the WW2 Memorial; it’s doing what Obama wants.
What the hell is wrong with these people? I realize that my question is rhetorical. These people are really nothing new. Like the “Good Germans” in the ‘30s and ‘40s, they see nothing and know nothing. Oh, there are minor inconveniences, (as there were after the Weimar Republic fell) but the country is heading in the direction they approve of. And if a few heads are broken or a few “far-right nutcases” like Dr. Ben Carson and members of the Tea Party get harassed by the IRS, well we’ll say that there’s no evidence that Obama gave the order so he’s in the clear. Exactly. By the way, did you know that there are no documents to prove that Hitler ordered the Final Solution? I guess that clears him, right?
Let’s admit it. The MSM is not on the side of the American people. They have “outgrown” the American people. The formerly ink stained wretches have joined the ruling class and are reaping the reward. Have you seen the salaries and perks these people get for doing an hour show on TV or writing a column for a major newspaper? Have you seen how and where they live? They have grabbed the brass ring and now they can’t let go. If they came from small-town America they now laugh at the rubes, call them Joe-six-pack who lives in flyover country. As for the members-in-waiting in the hinterlands; they know what is expected of them if they want to try out for the big leagues.
Obi-wan Kenobe had it wrong when he said “You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy” referring to the Mos Eisley Spaceport. It was clear that he had not read the NY Times or viewed the MSM from the perspective of average Americans.