Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A Betrayal of Public Trust ... J. D. Longstreet

A Betrayal of Public Trust
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet

In all my 70 plus years I have never seen an election in which the Mainstream Media has endorsed and contributed to the campaign of a presidential candidate.  During the presidential campaign of 2008 and the current presidential campaign they MsM was -- and is -- indisputably in the tank, all the way, for Obama. 

The national media, yea, the WESTERN media, has thrown in with the Democratic Party -- and especially with Obama.  

Back in 2010 I referred to the MSM this way:  "As the doe-eyed, salivating, press corp, falls all over itself trying to hoist their failing socialist President and their liberal-socialist Congress up in the eyes of the public (whose intelligence they have so grossly underestimated) they create a comical picture, yet, one laced through and through with pathos. They are a pitiful sight." SOURCE:  http://faultlineusa.blogspot.com/2010/10/mainstream-media-puffing-obamademocrats.html

My feelings have changed, considerably, since.  I no longer see them as pitiful.  I see the MsM today as  threatening ... threatening to the freedom and liberty of America and, as such, they have firmly cast themselves as enemies of the  country I love -- America.

Here we are, a week away from the most important election in the history of the United States, and the Media is deliberately covering-up one of the most important events to take place during the Obama Presidency.  I refer, of course, to the cover-up of the major screw-up at the US "mission" in Benghazi, Libya.

As the days go by, it becomes even more clear that the President's team really, I mean, REALLY, screwed-up in Benghazi costing the lives of four Americans including the US Ambassador to Libya.  BUT -- reporting on this story, especially reporting the TRUTH on this story would reflect badly o the President.  Therefore,  the MSM is, in my opinion,  deliberately choosing NOT to tell the American people what happened.

Look.  That is information Americans need, especially on the eve of a presidential election.  It is information that will will most certainly raise questions about the competence of the Obama Team -- and it should! 

The media has cast its lot with Obama and they are refusing to do their job and make the information available to the American public. 


What?  Do they think we re so dumb we wouldn't notice?  Or, is it just the Obama supporters they believe are that dumb?

The whole thing smacks of a betrayal of public trust by the news media.    

And the MsM does not understand why we have stopped buying their newspapers and turned our TV dials away from the broadcast networks to a news network that actually tries to present news in a “fair and balanced” manner.  NOW who's dumb?

It's almost funny to watch them berate and laugh at "citizen journalists" on Internet  blogs.  They can laugh, and criticize all they want, but at the end of the day, those citizen journalists are doing the job the MsM used to do, only better!  When they laugh, it is the same as whistling past the graveyard.

Since 2008, and the election of Obama, I have gone to off-shore news sources just to get news from America.  I can't trust the American media anymore. And after this presidential campaign, I don't trust them at all -- and I never will again.

Senator Marco Rubio recently said:  "Never has the political class or the mainstream media that covers them been more out of touch with the American people than they are today."  The Senator was spot-on!

Radio commentator Rush Limbaugh recently said:  "The mainstream media today has the biggest disconnect with its audience that it's ever, ever had. And as the disconnect grows and as more and more people distrust them, then the media digs in more and more and says you don't know what you're talking about, you don't know how we do our jobs, you don't know what's important."  Again, Rush is right!

The American Thinker reported the following:  "Discussing Benghazi, Pat Caddell says the press has "been in the tank on this in a way I've never seen... I am appalled right now. This White House, this President, this Vice President, this Secretary of State, all of them, are willing apparently to dishonor themselves and this country for the cheap prospect of getting reelected...willing to cover up and lie. The worst thing is the very people who are supposed to protect the American people with the truth - the leading mainstream media...they have become a threat, a fundamental threat to American democracy and the enemies of the American people... these people have no honor... cover-up is too nice of a word..." SOURCE: http://www.americanthinker.com/video/2012/10/angry_democrat_pat_caddell_condemns_no_honor_media_and_obama.html#ixzz2AhVINBGk

For those who do not know, Pat Caddell is a fellow "Sandlapper" born just 25 miles, or so, from the birthplace and hometown of this scribe in South Carolina.  He has worked for Democratic presidential candidates George McGovern in 1972, Jimmy Carter in 1976 and 1980, Gary Hart in 1984, Joe Biden in 1988, and Jerry Brown in 1992. He also worked for Colorado Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff in 2010.  I point this out so it is clear that Pat and I do not necessarily share the same political philosophy even though Pat did leave the Democratic Party in 1988.

What Caddell and I DO share is the belief that the MsM is now a threat to the country.  As history records, South Carolinians have never been afraid to go against the tide when they believe the tide is going in the wrong direction.  THIS is one of those times. 

I applaud my brother from the great Palmetto State for standing, like a man, against what is clearly wrong with the Mainstream Media's censoring of the news and dissemination of propaganda for the Obama campaign.   Someone had to call them on it -- and Pat just did!  Good on him! 

I fear that as a result of the MsM's efforts, much of the electorate will go to the polls as the worst informed voters in decades, or longer.

Well, at least the facade is gone now.  Now anyone not willfully blind can see the leftist bias of the MsM in America.  It is also clear the news print media is now an anachronism of a by-gone era -- and -- even though they are desperately hanging-on they are inexorably slipping away en route to the great dustbin of history.   And not a moment too soon.

© J. D. Longstreet

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