Obama’s Fragmenting Media Support?

Watching the Media Watch Us
Several of us were in a conversation over at the Chicks on the Right blog talking about the media blitz the administration put on trying to pretend the attack on the Benghazi consulate in Libya was just a result of a protest gone wild. Almost as fast as the misinformation was coming from the administration, information of a very contradictory nature was making its way to the public.

Making the Reality Fit the Narrative
Still the fact remains the administration intentionally peddled a story they knew was not true… that the coordinated attack by an Al Queda affiliate was really just a response to an internet video.  The administration was fresh off a week of beating their chest, telling us “today Al Queda’s on it’s heels and Osama bin Laden is no more”. The reality check in Libya, courtesy of a not-so-on-their-heels Al Queda, was a most unwelcome distraction from the script.

So they flatly lied to us. PERIOD.

 

Obama knows we only know what we are told, so if he can control the story, the grim reality can be denied on his end.

The Watchdog vs The Lapdog
One thing that came up in our conversation was that though for 3+ years the media {with the clear exception of Fox}  has been seemingly happy to parrot any claims the Obama camp made, there have been notable defections lately.

Recent Evidence of Defections and “Off-script” Anchors
The first that comes to mind is ABC latching onto the Fast and Furious scandal and making it their own. Obviously not a position popular with the administration, they’d obviously have preferred they take the MSNBC route and pretend the story didn’t exist. [Think happy thoughts!] ABC didn’t play along.

In another defection from the scripted narrative, Anderson Cooper doggedly refused to accept flimsy excuses from DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz when she sent out an email that clearly misstated their opponent’s position by selectively editing a quote so far out of context as to make it laughable. DWS tried multiple times to gloss over i, to no avail. She was left looking like an idiot on an interview Dems have come to consider friendly territory.

A major recent event came from CBS war correspondent Lara Logan. Lara is NOT what we came to call a “SCUD bunny” during the opening of the Iraq conflict… one of the cute things brought in to read news stateside. In contrast Lara is an actual boots-on-the-ground in-country war correspondent. She goes where the bad guys are.

In a speech in Chicago she came out hard on the point that the Obama administration is just lying about the current status of the middle east, ignoring the strength of our opposition because it doesn’t fit the narrative that our enemies are weak and we are now near universally loved in the middle east because of Barack Obama.

[This is probably NOT going to go over well with some of her bosses, but she’s been there, most of them have not.]

Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss
Anyway, the point is that for the last half century the press corps has had a somewhat adversarial relationship with those in power. They were referred to with reason as “media watchdogs”. If they smelled a story, God help the politician that screwed up. They took down Nixon, crippled others. They may have had a left lean, but they’d go for blood regardless of party.

Enter the Obama years, and former hard-bitten members of the fourth estate fell in love. MLKs dream finally was realized with their help, and it appeared they would go to any length to keep Obama free from harm. Some, like Chris Matthews, just went so far they are a shadow of their past selves.

But the problem lies here; most with a media related education were schooled on the an anti-establishment media-as-watchdog idea, Now the anti-establishment forces are in charge. We’re talking former protester types. So the media folks  are left in a paradox. If they support the anti-establishment types who have become the establishment… they effectively become what they were taught to hate: The Propaganda Machine of the government.

We’ve seen this before
Think about Communist China. It was established as a “revolutionary” government at the end of WW2 when the forces of Mao ousted the Nationalist forces of Chiang Kai Shek. They now pay lip service to this day of being a “revolutionary” movement, despite the obvious fact their government is the establishment and has been for over half a century.

Obama’s media support, once stable, is fragmenting
People like Lara Logan are the reason. They are reporters, not propagandists, and the idea of being used to cover the sins of foreign policy go against everything they are trained to do.

I predict the fragmentation will continue within the media, with people visibly taking sides… the Chris Matthews types cheering harder than ever for Dear Leader, the Lara Logan types bucking the trend to stay in the fold. Guys like Cooper may slide toward the center and just try not to be as biased on the simple grounds that they don’t want to be sucked under as the SS Obama takes on water and sinks.

The media is usually there to tell US the story
For a while it may be fun to watch THEM to see how this shakes out. Probably going to be a lot of personnel changes in news and commentary positions in the coming days.

I’m Rob Jones… and I approve this message.

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Barack Wins Debate 1 in Sweep of All Polls

As the debate is about to begin the candidates approach the stage in Denver from opposite sides. On stage left a haggard looking Mitt Romney takes one last look at a jumble of notes, and with a reluctant glance back, mounts the stairs to the stage as if ascending a gallows.

On stage right a chipper Obama jogs up to the stage two stairs at a time, looking confident and rested with his arms bouncing in a very athletic fashion. As he reaches the podium he turns and flashes a boyish grin to the audience. Catching the eye of Ashley Judd on the front row, he blows a kiss.

Jim Lehrer, wearing a crisply ironed Journalists for Obama t-shirt, stands to introduce the candidates. Silence in the room as he introduces the challenger, interrupted only by a few undignified catcalls which were silenced as Obama raised his hand in a gesture of compassion. Then as the moderator turned to introduce the incumbent the audience erupted in spontaneous applause. Chants of “Four more years” broke out among the ranks. Girls and men alike swooned.

The debate opened quietly enough, with each introducing their vision for the economy. Obama’s was greeted with thinly subdued awe as he explained his detailed plan to reduce the deficit and eliminate the national debt in a bold move that would reallocate wealth in such a way as to simultaneously end poverty worldwide. Not wanting to over-promise, he only said it would do so nation-wide. After all, foreign policy was next weeks topic. As he explained it, Romney was seen taking notes.

Romney’s own plan was as expected simple enough, though the audience did laugh when a visibly flustered Romney forgot the name of the Federal Reserve and had to ask his opponent in order to continue at all. His plan to murder seniors over 85 and grind their bodies for fuel was not as well received as he’d hoped, likely because he’d field tested it against an audience of Fox viewers, all of whom had already done so with their own relatives.

As the topic moved to Barry other areas of the economy it was clear that Jim Lehrer was becoming overcome with emotion at the Barry wisdom of what he was hearing. It was BARRY so simple and yet nobody had ever come up with it. Mitt Romney himself HONEY was listening from a crouched position with his head BARACK head resting on his knee in fascinated wonder….

BARRY!!!

Barry… your alarm went off 15 minutes ago. You have a news conference to explain your dismal debate performance last night. Don’t forget your teleprompter, genius.

Awww hell.

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Wishing the Guns into the Cornfield

Isn’t it amazing?
Marijuana’s been illegal to grow, possess or use for half a century+… but guys that can tell you 5 different places to buy it are certain outlawing GUNS will make ’em unavailable.

Things that make ya go “Huh?!”

Ladies and Gentlemen – The President of the United States
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How Many Died from Paul Ryan’s Tax Projections?

Paul Ryan LIED… or so I hear
A liberal friend of mine assures me that Paul Ryan is despicable because he didn’t give details about his tax plan. Now seriously… that is NOT lying, it isn’t even dishonesty, it is just less information than he wanted.

The president didn’t attend his security briefing this day.
The next day he skipped again… flew to Vegas to party.

But Let’s DO talk about HONESTY
We’ve been being fed a steady diet of White House officials pretending the burned consulate in Libya was just a “spontaneous protest” that got out of hand. It wasn’t about our foreign policy or the week the DNC sat around beating their chests {yeah, I almost said another body part} and pretending Obama is a Navy SEAL… it was a buncha guys that wanted didn’t like the movie.

[As any of Obama’s actor buddies will attest…  the critics can be brutal.]

Sure, I have time for this… I already killed bin Laden.

Security Breaches? What Security Breaches?
Basically the public has been given the impression that nobody had a clue this might happen. Now in the case of Obama that could well be true, given he skips the majority of his security briefings… but his administration was criminally negligent in their handling of the situation. Today we find out DC had DENIED “repeated requests” for increased security placed by our diplomats in Libya.

Meet with primary ally in the mideast? Went on The View instead. Hey, I’m just “eye candy”.

Sacrificing Men to the God of Political Correctness – Deja Vu
This is not the first time we’ve denied our people on the ground adequate protection in the name of political correctness. Biil Clinton and Warren Christopher come to mind. Our men in Mogadishu wanted tanks and AC-130 gunships. What they got were Humvees and little bird choppers. Slight difference. We lost men as a result, when in fact we should have had no trouble had they had the correct tools for the job our government sent them to do. [See: Black Hawk Down]

US Soldier dragged thru streets of Mogidishu.

So basically Secretary Clinton, who can’t possibly get out of the loop of responsibility for the denials of security requests… was following in hubby’s footsteps. And as soon as Baracjk found out our men had died he conscientiously skipped another intel briefing and flew off to a fundraising party in Vegas.

This is SO much more fun than what he *should* be doing right now.

Obama LOVES being the president…
He just doesn’t want to do the work associated with the job. He wants to lead the free world from the guest couches of Letterman and The View. He wants to party with Hollywood stars. He wants George Clooney to throw him a party where people give him money. He wants to play golf.

Security briefings? Jobs council? No time. I have a very busy schedule.

What he does NOT want to do is meet with his jobs council, or key allies in the very region where this attack happened, or attend those boring old security briefings. Just not fun.

Great. The president of the United States is a freakin 5 year old.

So tell me… how many people DIED as a result of Paul Ryan’s tax projections?

Please… let Obama be free to go party. Let’s get some responsible adults in the White House.

I’m Rob Jones… and I approve this message.

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DC Denied Repeated Security Requests from Libyan Mission

House Oversight Committee: Why Were Security Requests Denied?
Excerpt from a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:

“… multiple U.S. federal government officials have confirmed to the Committee that, prior to the September 11 attack, the U.S. mission in Libya made repeated requests for increased security in Benghazi. The mission in Libya, however, was denied these resources by officials in Washington.”
SOURCE: http://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/10.2.12-Issa-Chaffetz-to-Clinton.pdf

US Ambassador and 3 Staff Murdered – Libya
Washington had denied repeated requests for increased security

So Much for the Current Narrative
There has been a general reticence from the administration with regard to discussing security breaches in Libya. Apparently prior to Sept 11 attack it was such a safe place that someone in DC signed waivers about the construction requirements intended to apply to the structure in Benghazi that housed our mission.

Now it is considered so un-safe that the FBI investigators sent to probe the attack have not set foot in Benghazi… instead conducting interviews in Tripoli.

Osama is dead, Al Qaeda is on the run…
This message was trumpeted at the DNC convention. A week later Al Qaeda sent us a wake-up call, in the form of a burned consulate and 4 dead. The administration promptly sent spokesmen all over the news to assure us this was a response to an internet video, and in no way reflected on our foreign policy.

Dead Men Can’t Issue Rebuttals
Meanwhile, Ambassador Stevens, conveniently incapable of answering back, has been thrown under the bus as the negligent architect of his own death. Nobody in DC publicly knew anything about any requests for security.

Our Administration Lied
UN Ambassador Rice was all over the news telling us this attack was a spontaneous thing, a protest out of control. Jay Carney assured us of same. The President shared the message. His campaign told the same tale. This wasn’t terrorists at work, just REALLY pissed off movie critics. Subsequent revelations prove they knew it was a planned terrorist attack when they said these things.

Bottom line: This is more than a reflection…
… of the abject stupidity of those that denied the necessary security. The obvious coordinated cover-up after the fact is a condemnation of this administration, including the president. They got men killed in the name of their political correctness, just as Bill Clinton’s administration did when political correctness made it expedient to under-supply the mission in Mogadishu.

The president’s response to getting news of an ambassadors death?
His response was to skip his daily security briefing and fly off to  party at a fund-raiser in Vegas.

If the American people return these imbeciles to power, our fate won’t be pretty, but we’ll deserve it.

RELATED LINKS:
NPR: House Committee: Washington Denied More Security For Libyan Consulate
Congressional Oversight Committee: Oversight Presses for Answers: Diplomats in Libya Requested Additional Security, Washington Officials Denied the Resources
CBS: House committee: security requests denied in Libya

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Obama’s Bump in the Road

Been a busy 2 weeks
So we have over 20 diplomatic posts under seige, centering on the middle east, a consulate burned, an Al Qaida flag flying over our embassy in Tunisia, and three staffers murdered along with the US Ambassador to Libya, first US Ambassador murdered since the ’80’s.

Or as Obama referred to it on 60 Minutes… “a bump in the road”.

US Embassy stormed by protesters – Egypt

Al Qaida Flag over US Embassy – Tunisia
US Ambassador and 3 Staff Murdered – Libya
Ashley Judd had more security at the DNC than our Ambassador had in Libya

—- Wow. —-

In the same interview…
…where Mr Sensistivity made that statement {that’ll haunt him til election day} he had the following brilliant exchange:

STEVE KROFT: “You don’t feel any pressure from Prime Minister Netanyahu in the middle of a campaign to try and get you to change your policy and draw a line in the sand? You don’t feel any pressure?”

OBAMA: “When it comes to our national security decisions — any pressure that I feel is simply to do what’s right for the American people. And I am going to block out — any noise that’s out there.”

Apparently not satisfied with the damage he had done thus far
He went on to characterize Israel as “one of our strongest allies in the region”. [The host was nice enough to not ask him to clarify just who he considered our strongest ally in the region.]

Avoiding REAL Reporters {as well as actual work}
Obama has limited most of his appearances to meetings with JZ, Beyonce, Pimp with a Limp, David Letterman and other such hard news groups where the toughest questions involve his favorite color. Basically without a teleprompter, he cant do hard news interviews without a “You didnt build that” moment. So to avoid the prospect of not being re-elected to the job, he refuses to get caught doing his job.

So Where IS the President as the Middle East Burns?
Well… during the time he said he did NOT have available to meet with the head of state of Israel, our strongest ally in the troubled region, who was travelling to New York… Obama went on The View… in New York.

President had no time to meet with visiting Head of State from Israel,
but plenty of time to meet with Whoopi Goldberg that day.

So in Summary – A Brief Look at a Few Current “Bumps in the Road

  • “One of our strongest allies” is openly contemplating going to war
  • A country full of guys that riot over cartoons is about to get a nuclear bomb
  • Our exit strategy in Afghanistan is hamstrung by the minor little fact that the people they are training keep shooting our troops
  • Iran just unveiled a drone cloned from the one we lost there
  • Our warships are gathered with a host of allies off the Straits of Hormuz for what exactly nobody suspects is a training exercise.

So in the same vein as his response to the death of our ambassador {Obama promptly skipped his security briefing and flew to Vegas for a fundraiser}… we are left with foreign policy run amuck while our president parties with rock stars, literally.

And there are people that claim one of his strengths is foreign policy.

This guy is a 1-man natural disaster. We should name ALL hurricanes after him.

I’m Rob Jones… and I approve this message.