November 08, 2012
Democracy Did Not Fail
To you newspeople at CBS, CNN, ABC, NBC. To you journalists at The New York Times, The Washington Post, at newspapers all over America.
You did it. You won. You were able to get Barack Obama his second term.
You knew that if you told the American people the truth, they would not have reelected this man.
Americans don't vote to reelect a commander-in-chief who abandons our soldiers and agents and ambassadors when they're under enemy fire.
But you, confident that you are much wiser than the American people, you decided we had no reason to think about this during the election.
When Romney questioned Barack Obama's statements about Benghazi, you shouted him down. He learned his lesson if he made an issue of it, you would merely attack him and distract the public from Obama's wrongdoing.
You knew that Obama lied to cover up this culpable negligence, and then lied about lying. You had the video, CBS, which you could have aired immediately after the second debate, exposing him for the liar that he is.
Instead you held it back until two days before the election, when other stories predominated.
And all the rest of you you gave it minimal mention, you played it down, you treated it as nothing, though you know that if you had caught Romney in such a lie two days before the election, you would have played that footage continuously and condemned his lies in tones of shocked outrage.
Barack Obama is still a liar you didn't change that, you merely hid it.
Barack Obama is still the selfish, cowardly commander-in-chief who abandons American public servants you didn't change him, nor did you give him any reason to change.
When Hurricane Sandy devastated a part of America, you showed Barack Obama only in a favorable light.
Even though his administration, his FEMA, did at least as badly as the Bush administration did after Katrina, and with far less excuse, you did not run endless coverage of the people's suffering, the way you did with Bush.
We have an exact comparison now. We know that you air negative video and print negative stories only when you don't like the president involved; when you support the president, when he's on your team, you downplay the negatives, you find other people to blame. You become "impartial."
Only Bush was held accountable for storm damage, as if he had godlike powers and failed to use them. Barack Obama has no accountability, not if we depend on you to call him to account.
Obama can withhold documents requested by a Republican House, and you tell the story, or refuse to mention it, as if the Republicans were mere partisans playing political games.
(But we remember: When a Republican president withholds documents from Congress under a claim of executive privilege, you treat that as a constitutional crisis and never miss an opportunity to remind your audience of how the Republican president is trying to hide things from the public and deny the public their right to know.)
There are still a few real news outlets a few reporters, a few stations, a few newspapers, and one cable news network that remember what journalism used to mean.
You have to attack Fox News and sneer at them and accuse them of bias, don't you because they're actually doing the job you merely pretend to do. They shame you by their genuinely balanced coverage, so you have to lie and accuse them of being what you are: ideological hacks, providing propaganda in order to advance a cause, while hiding the unhelpful truth.
So let me ask you a question, here in front of everybody. I know you won't answer it, but I also know you will have to think about it, once I lay it out. And, thinking about it, you may actually change your behavior or get out of a profession that you have disgraced.
Here's the question, you journalists, you newspeople:
If Barack Obama had a propaganda minister with the power to shut you down if you ran stories that embarrassed him or his administration, would your station, your network, your newspaper, your magazine still be in business?
If America had a Joseph Goebbels who would arrest any journalist who reported anything that would make the administration look bad, did you write or say or report anything during this election campaign that would have put you inside a jail cell?
Everybody at Fox News would have been jailed, and Fox News would have been shut down. But you already do everything you can to get people not to listen to Fox, so the actions of such a propaganda minister would merely make official what you already try to accomplish by other means.
Don't you dare say I'm lying or exaggerating, because the Democrats did try to shut down conservative talk radio, and you supported them in that effort, allowing them to get away with calling the proposed action "fairness."
You go along with the big lie every day. You did it obviously and openly in these last weeks before the election, allowing Barack Obama to conceal, cover up, lie all because, like good obedient party flacks, you knew that nothing was more important than keeping the Beloved Leader in power.
If Barack Obama were a dictator with the power to control the media, you would not have to change your news coverage in any way.
But hey. You won. Your Beloved Leader was reelected, and the only price you had to pay was supporting him in his lies and cover-ups, in his repeated unconstitutional refusal to provide Congress with documents they have a legal right nay, duty to examine.
It's all in a good cause, right? Truth means nothing to you; only keeping the Beloved Leader in power matters, right?
Now America has only two choices.
One choice is for the Republican House to investigate Benghazi, struggling to expose the truth about Barack Obama's high crimes and misdemeanors, both in his culpable negligence during the attack on our consulate, and in his repeated lies afterward to try to conceal his malfeasance.
You will, of course, support the Beloved Leader in his stonewalling, his refusal to supply documents. You will treat all his lies as if they were not lies; you will ignore the story as much as possible, calling it "old news."
Above all, you will attack the Republican congressmen as you attacked Kenneth Starr, making them pay such a high price for trying to do your job and uncover the truth that they may well give up. You know, the way you all fell in line to attack Romney for criticizing the administration's response to the attacks on our embassy and consulate.
On the other hand, inside the military, the CIA and the State Department, there are a lot of angry public servants who now understand that the Beloved Leader does not care about them, that he will abandon them to our enemies, that he will not protect them from terrorists if it isn't politically useful to him.
These disillusioned, angry people will make sure that the evidence is given to the Republicans in the House, and the genuine reporters at Fox News, and the real journalists scattered here and there across the country, and the bloggers on the internet who are unafraid of the truth....continued on page 2