Mindless Monolith: Media Pick Obama
The top Democratic dogs finally got their way: Senator Clinton, who lost her party's delegates but won the people, will concede the Democratic nomination. Media pack animals are also on top of the world.
From the AP's Charles Babington to MSNBC's Chris Matthews to Wolf Blitzer and his "best political team on television": They had all worked their hearts out for Obama. Now they were overcome by soggy sentimentality. The Obama win was declared an historic victory. Every American, vaporized a misty-eyed Matthews, will remember where he was on this momentous day—momentous because of Obama's alleged pigment burden.
Americans had come out in droves for Barack, not because he's a black man, but because they think he's the right man. Yet the journalistic herd never stopped riding the same old racism ass. In so doing, they were insulting Americans. For how was it their fault that Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton had been the best the African-American community had to offer before Obama?
The usually dignified Andrea Mitchell of NBC swelled the Obama chorus, to say nothing of wild man Keith Olbermann, a Daily Kos blogger, and his side kick, Air
I suspect most media cheered for Obama reflexively, rather than consciously—too stupid to ask themselves whether what they were doing was journalism or advocacy. A couple of older news guys, ABC's Charles Gibson comes to mind, failed to take sides. Consequently, the pack pounced on him and on George Stephanopoulos for asking the senator some pointed questions. But good newsmen are a dying breed. Good newswomen are mostly dead already. By the time she died, the brilliant and brave Oriana Fallaci had long since been buried professionally by mediocrities like Barbara Walters of the "cutting edge" anti-aging reportage and colonic crusader Katie Couric.
So how did a mindless monolith's hunger for Hussein help the Obama momentum?
Early in 2008, a melodramatic media latched on to the phony supposition that the Democratic Party was in crisis because two candidates were battling bitterly over the nomination for the highest office in the land. If MSM was to be believed, the American people were incapable of tolerating the tussle. If Hillary and Barack didn't stop bickering, Americans the country over would curl-up in the fetal position and never unfurl. This was the subtext transmitted daily, even hourly.
So began the media-manufactured storm in the D. camp.
Soon Howard Dean was placed on emergency call. Al Gore was volunteered as mediator. Pelosi achieved the impossible: a perpetual furrow on that botoxed brow. Next came the talking heads' obsessive calls for the candidate who wasn't winning to quit the race. Hillary was commanded to bow-out. Throughout, debate was framed as disunity. Words like "spoiler" were bandied about regularly.
The kick-Hillary-out clucking reached a crescendo as she swept
Character assassination was another of the strategies the stumblebums stumbled upon. Obama's lies were always white as lilies; Hillary's as black as her heart was said to be. Barack beefed up his community activist's résumé—he was never a professor. He also conjured a familial Camelot connection during a speech he gave at
When the Rev. Wright scandal percolated with great difficulty into cable's quarters (thanks to
Slaves got a slightly better deal under the "Three-Fifths Compromise" during the Constitutional Convention.
By now the red/blue split in the Democratic Party had become a gash.
Red versus blue meant left versus right. Those who own guns voted for Hillary; those who don't, and think you should not, voted for Obama. One more thing: Because they're older, more blue collar, and more conservative,
Barack Obama didn't exactly sprint for the finish. Rather, he limped across the line, having lost
Obama was also the media's Anointed One from day one.
©By ILANA MERCER
June 6, 2008