Posted on | June 20, 2014 | 44 Comments
Da Tech Guy makes the obvious point: The reason the media aren’t going after the IRS scandal is because Barack Obama is their president. Not since JFK’s fictitious “Camelot” have the media invested so heavily in maintaining the image of a president, an image of competence and success that can be maintained only by ignoring all contrary evidence and pretending that all criticism of Obama is racist — RAAAAACIST!
This is more than just “liberal bias,” it’s outright dishonesty, made easier by the blind partisan hatred of Republicans that has become prevalent among journalists since the Bush era. Reporters and editors were convinced (and remain convinced) that George W. Bush (a) “stole” the 2000 election, and (b) lied about the Iraq war, which all Democrats believe was fought for bad motives — and Democrats outnumber Republicans in the press corps by a factor of at least 5-to-1.
Even if you set aside the usual liberal prejudices about Republicans — that they are greedy, hateful, sexist, racist homophobes who destroy the environment for profit — the Iraq war confirmed in the minds of the press corps what they already believed, that Republicans are dishonest warmongers. Thus, the media believe, it is not only a professional obligation but also a matter of civic duty that journalists do all they can to ensure no Republican is ever elected president again.
Among the multitudinous ramifications of this belief system is the despicable prejudice of James Fallows, a Democrat Party hack of the most shameless sort: “James Fallows of The Atlantic and Media Matters are on a crusade to silence Republicans from ever appearing or have their voices heard in the Media.” Joe Fein was trying to call attention to this problem on Twitter a few days ago, but Joe was so angry about it he couldn’t make his point clearly. I understand: The mere thought of James Fallows should make any honest man angry.
When I was in Mississippi to cover the GOP primary a couple weeks ago, I sat next to Molly Ball of the Atlantic. The association between Fallows and the Atlantic came to mind and I went off on a rant about that despicable fraud. Molly responded by assuring me that James Fallows is a very nice person and, alas, I didn’t have the presence of mind to invoke The Banality of Evil. Of course, the press corps is nowadays so crammed full of despicable frauds that it is perhaps unfair to single out Fallows, except that he has been practicing this fraudulence for so many years and is in some sense typical of Our Moral Superiors™ — the elite-educated fools whose contempt for the common sense of ordinary Americans is so dangerous because it is entirely unconscious.
Whenever I think of James Fallows, I immediately think of The Vision of the Anointed, a book no liberal has ever read, because if they ever read it, they wouldn’t be liberals anymore. But I digress . . .
The decline of Obama’s approval ratings must disturb Fallows and his comrades among Our Moral Superiors™ — how can the American people be so ungrateful for the presidency that the media have so diligently sold them? Of course, Fallows could answer the question easily, by referencing his belief that the American people are profoundly stupid.
And if all other explanations fail: RAAAAACISM!