In January, 2008, a new face ascended to the Presidency. The media immediately fell in love with him because of his mastery of talking a lot and saying little, but doing it eloquently. Throw in that he was the first black, or more accurately the first mulatto president, and a perfect storm was developed for a national media to stay mum on any excesses that could be linked to him.
CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The New York Times amongst others adopted Mr. Obama and protected him like nurturing parents. No matter had badly Obama stepped in his own excrement it was ignored or his messes massaged so as to make them seem palatable. Here are just a few examples.
Conservative organizations applied for 501c3 filing status with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Lois Lerner, the Director of the Exempt Organizations Unit of the IRS, either took it upon herself or more likely colluded with Obama Administration officials and refused to process applications. One applicant, which was just recently approved, had been waiting nine years for a determination. One would never know there was a problem by listening or reading the mainstream media’s reporting; or more accurately, the lack of reporting on this illegal operation.
The Justice Department refused to prosecute the New Black Panthers when they blocked voting entrances and intimidated voters. During a House Committee hearing Attorney General Eric Holder stated that while the events in Philadelphia were unfortunate, they paled in comparison to what “my people” suffered during the Civil Rights era. The mass media never noticed that AG Holder was supposed to be the chief law enforcement official for all Americans – not just the black segment of society.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch met with former President Clinton while Mrs. Clinton was under active investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. A couple days later she instructed FBI Director Comey to refer to the investigation as “a matter” not an investigation. Director Comey later appointed himself as both investigator and prosecutor and exonerated Mrs. Clinton without impaneling a Grand Jury. The mass media took little notice of Comey overstepping his authority because Mrs. Clinton was their candidate of choice for the presidency.
Now we are at a crossroads in our country concerning whether top-level bureaucrats within the Department of Justice can use their positions to initiate an investigation on a political opponent. If these aberrations in due process are allowed to occur without dissent and disclosure in the media it will embolden future improprieties and grant license for misusing the power of government. If this abuse of power is allowed to occur without the media reporting the truth, America will become just another third world country run by a Unitary State; we are nearing that tipping point right now.
The mass media has written and voiced more opposition to President Trump in his first year in office than they did to then President Obama during his two four year terms. Obama swapped five leading terrorists for an Army deserter and the mass media took little notice. Obama loaded up a couple airplanes with billions in cash in different currencies and had the loot delivered to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in order to get a nuclear deal and the mass media took little notice. President Obama ordered the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen that had never been charged or convicted of a crime – he was killed in a drone strike in Yemen in September, 2011. Two weeks after the killing of Awlaki, a separate CIA drone strike in Yemen killed his 16-year-old American-born son, Abdulrahman, along with the boy’s 17-year-old cousin and several other innocent Yemenis. The mass media and the Justice Department hardly took note of the two assassinations of American citizens.
Now the House Intelligence Committee has released a “memo” which seems to outline improprieties on the part of the DOJ in requesting a FISA warrant. The mass media immediately hysterically screamed that releasing the memo would compromise national security – no matter the import of the memo, their position regarding compromising national security is a bald face lie.
Now consider that if President Trump expels gas in mixed company, it will become front page news and the talk of CNN and MSNBC for days and we see where we are with regard to media fairness. When the unitary group, which is often referred to as the “deep state,” wields near complete control of the political conversation; we have a problem and national tragedy can’t be far behind.
Have a good week. Bill Shuey is a freelance writer in Corpus Christi, TX.