The further to the left or the right you move, the more your lens on life distorts.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Abused Spouse

Yesterday, I wrote about Sharyl Atkisson's new book that describes the endemic media bias that has done an enormous disservice to Americans over the past six years. Today, The Washington Post reports:
At some point, a compendium of condemnations against the Obama administration’s record of media transparency (actually, opacity) must be assembled. Notable quotations in this vein come from former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, who said, “It is the most secretive White House that I have ever been involved in covering”; New York Times reporter James Risen, who said, “I think Obama hates the press”; and CBS News’s Bob Schieffer, who said, “This administration exercises more control than George W. Bush’s did, and his before that.”

USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page has added a sharper edge to this set of knives. Speaking Saturday at a White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) seminar, Page called the current White House not only “more restrictive” but also “more dangerous” to the press than any other in history, a clear reference to the Obama administration’s leak investigations and its naming of Fox News’s James Rosen as a possible “co-conspirator” in a violation of the Espionage Act.
Like an abused spouse, the main stream media is being terrorized and humiliated by the Obama administration, but instead of fighting back (with truthful investigative reporting on the most corrupt administration in modern history), their love of Obama allows the abuse to continue and escalate. Like any abuser, the Obama administration understands all too well that the ideological bias exhibited by the media doesn't allow it to fight back. As a consequence, the abuse continues and escalates.

It's politically incorrect to ever state that the abused deserves the abuse. In this case, however, the media has brought this abuse on itself and only now has begun to recognize that the 'black eye' it has gotten from Barack Obama is there because it never chose to fight back by reporting dishonesty, incompetence and corruption.