It has become abundantly clear from the cloying election coverage that the concept of liberal-media bias is in need of revision. Media, right and left, are plain biased. Objective coverage is obsolete.
Having beatified Barrack, the line-up on the left now spends its time taking down and torpedoing Clinton and McCain. Consider: Michelle Obama spits like a cobra, and Cindy McCain is blamed for recoiling from the verbal venom.
In its hatred of Hillary, the conservative cast has taken to blowing up every one of her attacks on Obama into a hate crime. Plagiarism or beefless blather—you name them, they are depicted by conservatives as byproducts of Clinton’s machinations.
Mention Barrack, and Newt Gingrich, Dick Morris, even Bay Buchanan fall slobbering to the floor; a hint of Hillary, and they rise on their hind legs. How, pray tell, are they less biased than the left’s catty, never-clever Katie Couric?
Sly Katie recently interviewed Clinton while intoxicated—drunk with love for Obama. Couric’s below-the-belt barbs and blithe probes about Obama—but not the issues—made Hillary appear elevated by comparison. The Senator was courteous where Katie was cruel.
“Someone told me your nickname in school was Miss Frigidaire. Is that true?” Couric asked. “Only with some boys,” Clinton said, laughing
The answer was quick, and, I must confess, classy. The question was base and bitchy. (It’s of a piece with another iconic “journalist’s” cruelty—that of Barbara Walters. She prefaced an interview with Celine Dion by pronouncing: “you are not beautiful.” Tears welled in Dion’s beautiful eyes.)
This column has been scrupulously impartial in its dislike for the front runners. I’ve described each candidate’s political philosophy as un-American and unconstitutional, and plunked them down together on “The Hillary, Hussein, McCain Axis of Evil.”
My vantage point, I venture, qualifies me to fill in for the moribund mainstream media—dead from self-inflicted wounds. So let me begin with the allegations Barack helped himself to words not his for one of his Hear-Me-Roar speeches. Allegations that were, naturally, skirted by society’s unfaithful watchdogs.
Obama touts—and is running on—his moral compass. Failing to acknowledge the source of one’s ideas, formulations, or verbatim quotes is, however, unethical. Thus even if indeed Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick had encouraged Obama to borrow his phrases, the good professor ought to have prefaced the speech with a, “To paraphrase my friend Deval Patrick.”
Writer Steve Sailer has uncovered a possible pattern: The title of Obama’s second book, the current bestseller “The Audacity of Hope,” was lifted from one of his pastor’s sermons. I wonder whether Obama acknowledged Rev. Jeremiah T. Wright’s titular contribution.
On to Barack’s bride’s bitter slip of the tongue. Michelle Obama told a Wisconsin audience that for the first time in her adult lifetime, she was really proud of her country, “because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback.” Those were her unadulterated words.
The media has done much to finesse what she meant. The shabbiest strategy, pioneered by The Hill’s A.B. Stoddard, has been to accuse any-and-all of not liking strong women. The pertinent facts were ignored:
Exhibit 1: Recounting her thoughts on first encountering Barack, Michelle Obama joked with an Iowa crowd: “He was biracial. I was like, okay, what’s that about?” What would have befallen Cindy McCain or Bill Clinton had they turned their noses up at racial intermarriage, as did Mama Obama?
If anything, her charmed life has made Michelle Obama more racially militant. “My experiences at Princeton have made me far more aware of my ‘blackness’ than ever before.” So she wrote in a blatantly banal university thesis.
Exhibit 2: In reply to a question as to whether she feared for her husband’s safety, M. Obama told Steve Kroft of “60 Minutes” that, “As a black man, you know, Barack can get shot going to the gas station.” There she goes again. Like her husband, the woman turns a phrase carefully. There’s no mistaking what she meant: In the America M. Obama has only recently become proud of, blacks are imperiled daily.
Michelle Obama’s gaseous swipe reminds me of the last two black men picked off while pumping gas. Wait a sec, I got my facts topsy-turvy. Two of the D.C Snipers’ 13 victims were murdered in gas stations. Neither was black. The Snipers, on the other hand, were both black. The pattern of racial victimization in the country Mrs. Obama will likely officiate as first lady is unidirectional.
“In almost all interracial attacks, whites are the victims, not the victimizers.” So found a study titled “The Color of Crime,” cited by the intrepid Patrick J. Buchanan. “Blacks commit more violent crime against whites than against other blacks,” and “blacks are an estimated 39 times more likely to commit violent crime against a white person than vice versa. Black-on-white rape is 115 times more common than the reverse.”
Michelle Obama’s sentiments seep out from that festering reservoir of racial animosity—the same cesspool wherefrom the Reverends Sharpton and Jackson launch their perennial strikes against honky.
If Americans were as good at driving a bargain as they are at coming out in droves for Obama, they’d insist that he insist that his spouse quit smearing them in this manner.
©2008 By Ilana Mercer