March 23, 2009

Enemies of democracy...

Roger L. Simon, The MSM should resign over Obama's failure:

...The election of Barack Obama was orchestrated by our mainstream media. They anointed him. They should suffer the consequences.

But what we have instead is an orgy of finger-pointing. The four New York Times columnists referenced in the Politico article above are simultaneously ganging up on the man they thought, only eight weeks ago, was a combination of the cat's meow and the bee's knees. Nary a word of self criticism in their attacks. No surprise there - and don't expect it in the future, any more than you will get an honest apologia from Messrs Frank and Dodd over Fannie and Freddie. Just like the politicians, these columnists are men and women (Dowd) who are concerned first and foremost about their jobs and power. They won't do anything to jeopardize that. They've had that power for a long time, thinking it was permanent; but now that they see it might not be, they are holding on to it for dear life. Their jumping off the Obama bandwagon so early is a sign of what deep trouble he is in. And they desperately don't want to be blamed for it.

But they will be blamed - by us and by other people. They deserve to be. Their day is over. While pretending to be the friends of democracy, they have been the enemies of it. Their views have been so monolithic serious debate nearly vanished in this country. Only now, in the ferment of a still relatively tiny Tea Party movement, do you see the stirrings of bona fide discussion. Let's hope there is more to come. And that the mainstream media, even if they don't resign, will no longer be the gatekeepers.

There are few things that gratify my heart more than hearing of layoffs and shrinking revenues and ratings in the mainstream press. How I despise that gang of crooks. Their combination of arrogant self-rightousness and meagre intellectual and moral qualities is disgusting....

Posted by John Weidner at March 23, 2009 9:33 AM
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