You may have missed the article that the Washington Post ran about then President Elect Barack Obama on Christmas Day….so here is an excerpt!
The media’s crush on Barack Obama began even before his presidential campaign. There was just something about the guy – his personal charisma, his liberalism, and of course, the fact that he is black – that made him irresistible to mainstream journalists. As Politico editor in chief John Harris recalled about his time with the Washington Post, “A couple years ago, you would send a reporter out with Obama, and it was like they needed to go through detox when they came back – ‘Oh, he’s so impressive, he’s so charismatic,’ and we’re kind of like, ‘Down, boy.’”
The intensity of this love affair grew exponentially once Obama began running for president. The media not only gave him extremely favorable coverage, but they also took the only other real contender for the nomination, Hillary Clinton, into the back room and beat her with a rubber hose. There was a simple explanation for this: in liberal media circles, race trumps sex. It was more important, as many journalists saw it, that America get its first black president than its first woman president….
After that, it was a no-brainer: Obama vs. McCain? New vs. old? Liberal vs. (sometimes) conservative? Come on! And this time the mainstream media did more than merely spin the news to help the Democrats; this time, they de facto enlisted in the Obama campaign. And they didn’t give a damn what you or anybody else thought about it….
This was the year the mainstream media finally jumped the shark. They didn’t simply flirt with Obama. They carried on a slobbering love affair with him right out in public.
A journalist who helps run a big cable news program said that for the liberal media, getting Obama elected “was a righteous crusade. It was okay to be biased because the cause was noble.”
When some people questioned how Obama could have sat in that cesspool of a church for a thousand Sundays, Obama said that anyone who would ask such a rude question was obviously a racist, knowing full well that the MSM, aka the amen corner, could be counted on not only to parrot his words, but to clap hands and shout “Hallelujah!”
If you began to confuse news stories about Obama with his campaign press releases, it’s because they were interchangeable, although the press releases tended to be more restrained and, usually, better written.
The members of the MSM, as Goldberg makes perfectly clear in 173 very readable pages, went completely in the tank to ensure that Obama would be the 44th president of the United States. But they paid a terrible price. They showed themselves to be nothing more than partisan hacks. And in the end, Obama owed his victory more to the financial meltdown than to their ethical meltdown.
Is it any wonder that newspapers are barely hanging on, that network news shows are seeing their audiences evaporate like the morning dew, and that MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann could double their ratings if only they could finally convince their fathers to tune in?
The MSM reminds me of Marlon Brando’s character in “On the Waterfront.” By taking a dive, they’ve forfeited their chance to be contenders…for our respect. Instead, like Terry Malloy, they’re just bums.
And the biggest bums of all MSNBC….the biggest man crush of all — Chris Matthews!