The Big Think

September 12, 2012


Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 1:14 pm

To preface this post, let me say that I have friends of all political stripes who read this page, and we have great, respectful conversations about our differing political world views. I quote something below from instapundit, and before my Liberal friends think that I’m Obama bashing, let me say plainly that this post isn’t meant to be critical of him. Any statements to that effect in the quote below are the result of a larger, though tangentially related, issue. This post is about the malfeasance of the media. I’m just enraged that the Fourth Estate, the near-sacred trust that is represented by the Constitutionally mandated freedom of the press, has been so abused and twisted as to allow the obvious double standard.

September 12, 2012

WALTER RUSSELL MEAD: The Day The Roof Fell In. “Sometimes trouble blows up out of a clear blue sky. That’s what happened to the White House yesterday.”

UPDATE: Obama’s Going To Vegas! “On the day after the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed in Benghazi, the White House on Wednesday morning released a schedule showing that President Obama would continue with his planned campaign trip to Las Vegas.”

Related: Dueling pressers: Romney takes questions, Obama doesn’t on Egypt & Libya attacks. On Facebook, Jon Ham comments: “Want to see the Obama media in action? Just watch the video from Romney’s press conference this morning. As I often say, the media is the defense attorney for the left and the prosecutor for those on the right.”

And Ed Morrissey comments at the link: “Had Romney not taken questions, especially after his criticisms of last night, I think the media would have ripped him for not being forthcoming. But I think the better question is why the current President didn’t take at least a couple of questions. An active American ambassador was murdered, an act that hasn’t happened since 1979, and some questions at least could have been answered. Thanks to his unilateral action against Libya last year — when Obama never bothered to get Congressional approval for military action against Moammar Qaddafi’s regime — the outcome in that nation belongs entirely to Obama, for better and worse. I doubt the media would have forgiven George Bush for not taking questions had an American ambassador been killed in Baghdad or Kabul during his tenure, with or without the withering criticism Bush had already received for his management of both wars.”

Also: Dead Ambassador dragged through streets, MSM furious at Romney criticism of Obama. The media regards Obama with the devotion that Islamists grant to the Koran. Any criticism and they’re out for blood. . . .

Katrina Trinko: The Insane MSM Questions Romney Faced at Presser.

These days, they’re all sucking up in the hopes of being hired by Democratic pols. Meanwhile, what would they be saying if President Bush had gone to Vegas for a fundraiser on a day like this? Heck, what would they be saying if Romney were doing so?

UPDATE: Reader Leslie Eastman writes: “The fact the elite media was more upset about Romney’s critique of the White House than our dead ambassador says all there needs to be said about our press.”

These people — always so quick to play the “have you no decency?” card — have no decency of their own. None.

So the press grills a candidate for office over a matter of foreign relations but doesn’t hold the actual sitting president to the same standard? Who can no longer see that this is a double standard? Why is there no outcry on the left about muddied coverage? Are we so divided as a country that we’re willing to sacrifice that which makes us special in order to gain temporary political advantage?

We need a media that does its freaking job. Regardless of who is in office. That doesn’t mean backing off the candidates. It means holding both sides to the same standard. My beef here isn’t with how President Obama dealt with the situation, it’s with how the media is transparently playing this to benefit one side in the court of public opinion. If the parties were reversed (and a republican President were jetting off to a Vegas fundraiser the day after a attack on American soil major foreign policy crisis), we’d be hearing a much different story. Is a fair (fairer) press too much to hope for?

Fix the press and you fix the country.


  1. This is one reason why the “mainstream” media are far less of a mainstream than they used to be. The tributaries at this point are beginning to overcome it.

    Comment by barrybrake — September 12, 2012 @ 8:14 pm

  2. Well said. I have no problem with the media (fairly) holding a candidate I support to account for his actions. It’s the double standard that drives me insane.

    Comment by jasony — September 12, 2012 @ 8:22 pm

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