The Press’s Albatross?
I watched in disgust as my President yet again scolded the United States of America on foreign soil. I expect this kind of treatment from the likes of Cuba’s Castro, North Korea’s Kim Jong-il or Venezuela’s Chavez, but I never thought I would live to see the day America’s own President would join the “I hate America” chorus especially in a totalitarian country American taxpayers prop up to the tune of billions every year.
As he did in speeches in Europe and South America, Mr. Obama started and ended his address to his Cairo audience with niceties but couldn’t help apologizing for what he perceives to be America’s endless shortcomings. The only thing different this time was the speech’s religious tone. When distilled this event was simply an extension of Obama’s World Wide Apology Tour.
For those who wisely chose to sleep in this morning allow me to brief you on our President's positions.
All nation states are equal. America is no better than North Korea, Russia or Iran. When we think ourselves or our system superior to other countries or economic systems, we hurt the world’s feelings. When we hurt the feelings of other nations, conflicts arise. Therefore, America will strive, at least under the Obama banner, not to hurt anyone’s feelings. (And recess will be at 2 PM.)
According to Obama, America was misguided when we freed millions from tyranny in Iraq. It didn’t matter that Saddam was evil, had reneged on the Kuwait ceasefire or that our planes flying the UN mandated no fly zones were being shot at on a daily basis. What we did was wrong and he would not make the same mistake. As for the War on Terror or as the Obama administration prefers to call it our “Overseas Contingency Operation,” it received a finger wag and little more.
What was played up and given validation was every Muslim terrorist’s stereotype about America. Yes, we tortured prisoners. Yes, America in the past had shown disrespect for Muslims. Yes, but for our meddling in 1953, the Iranian government could have survived. In our President's mind, always we are wrong and always are enemy’s anger is justifiable.
Continuing his downbeat theme our President headed toward the Wailing Wall and took his next shot. Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, was made the moral equivalent of the terrorists who are Hamas. Brushing over the fact that Hamas continues to bomb the innocent, President Obama called upon Israel to make additional concessions without one concern if by doing so it could cost Israel their very survival.
That did not seem to matter today. Today was a day to glorify Islam and those who practice it regardless of what an Islamic world could mean to freedom and liberty.
In summation, our new President sees America’s past as appalling, but now that he is in charge, it will be good. He sees Israel as a barrier to peace, but now that he is in charge, he will work diligently to force it to be good as well. In short, President Obama mirrors his wife's view. He too was never proud of America until he took over the reigns of government. America is now good only because he is President. What utter hubris!
My disgust for this pair aside, what I don't understand is why our mainstream media continues to worship at the feet of this community organizer. Oh, he is a glib and talented politician. He is a great showman and that is important but so is substance. After two years following this man around and analyzing his every word, you would expect some in the media to look for results rather than fawn over rhetoric. Unfortunately just as Brian Williams sought Mr. Obama’s favor on television last night; his colleagues seem willing do anything, say anything for his approval. This is the pathetic state of American journalism today.
I thought journalists were sophisticated enough to know disrespect for America is no substitute for a peace plan and groveling actually makes us look weak not strong in the Arab world. And where is Obama’s peace plan? The Road Map is dead. Hasn’t he figured that out yet? Haven’t the press figured that out yet?
Further, have our ink stained friends no understanding that terror organizations will use these speeches to recruit killers to help them dismantle that which they loath, western civilization? Do our scribes of record not understand a free press is part of western civilization and if it is destroyed they too stand to lose? Do journalists actually believe Arab Muslims want to make nice, that Saudi Arabia and Syria are our friends? Can they be this naïve?
Although I am sure the President’s apologies will be heralded in the salons on the upper east side of New York as brilliant, they will have real world repercussions. His words place our military men and women in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world in greater danger. Do the journalists slobbering over this man even care? Surely they are urbane enough to realize appeasement has always invited more not less conflict.
Why then do they continue to view everything Mr. Obama says and does as manna from heaven? What exactly does this man bring to the table other than an utter disdain for the country he now leads?
Could it be they have so much invested in Obama that it has become close to impossible to do their job? Has “He” become yet another entity too big to fail?
It was Chris Mathews, a card carrying member of the mainstream media, who spoke my fears best during a conversation with Joe Scarborough on the Morning Joe show. When asked to criticize Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, Mathews declined. When pressed why, his retort was, “I want to do everything I can to make this thing work, this new presidency work.” When the incredulous host asked him whether the job of a journalist was to protect a politician in office, Mr. Mathews responded, “Yeah, it is my job. My job is to help this country.”
And what pray tell would happen should Mr. Obama be exposed to be less than what our press has touted him to be? What repercussions could follow for our friends in the Fourth Estate should Mr. Obama stumble?
For one, the mainstream media might have to face the fact their own templates regarding race and liberalism are wanting and that would be a blow for two reasons. The most obvious being it may force them to actually work instead of relying on stereotypical guides. And for another, no one wants to believe their life’s work was for naught.
The other problem with a failure of this magnitude would be some members of the mainstream media, perhaps even Mr. Mathews himself, might find themselves personally and professionally wounded. Their complicity in failure could be placed them under the public’s microscope. He might, for instance, be shunned by his colleagues (unlikely) or worse not invited to bloviate on camera anymore (a fate worse than death). Questions would be asked across the board about competence and cronyism. In short, some would fall.
For those who disagree and believed no journalist has ever lost their job supporting Democrats, there is the little matter of the economy to think about. Papers are on the brink of bankruptcy and there are just so many spots for overpriced news readers. Jobs are at a premium, important and high paying jobs. And one must remember the only loyalty in the news business is to the story and one’s own career. If Obama goes down, he will not go alone.
Obama is becoming the press’s albatross. They made him and are loath to break him. They have too much invested. So what’s a mainstream journalist, especially one who turned a blind eye, to do? Perhaps they are coming to the revelation it is easier to boost a fool than to admit their own pre-election failure and possibly lose their own jobs in the process.
But I doubt this strategy will work. Four year plans rarely do. This administration is beginning to make Jimmy Carter look like a genius and I would not be surprised if some in the media a couple of years hence begin mumbling the sentiments of the ancient mariner from Coleridge’s poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
Ah ! well a-day ! what evil looks
Had I from old and young !
Instead of the cross, the Albatross
About my neck was hung.