Well, let’s just read a little of this piece from my favorite historian, Victor Davis Hanson,
Journalists as Ring Wraiths, in which he lays out the evidence.
Today’s Washington journalists are like J. R. R. Tolkien’s ring wraiths, petty lords who wanted a few shiny golden Obama rings — only to end up as shrunken slaves to the One.
The Bob Woodward/Ron Fournier/Lanny Davis psychodrama is another small reminder that the Obama administration continues to assume that the press should be little more than a veritable Ministry of Truth.(ed. note: that is a little of Harry Potterese thrown in) Its proper duty is to serve the White House and promote the progressive agenda of Barack Obama. Any were considered suspect who questioned whether those exalted ends should really be achieved by any means necessary — but they were so few and far between that it mattered little.
Woodward, Fournier, and Davis, in their surprise at the general paranoia of the Obama administration, must think that freelancing White House zealots are tarnishing the reputation of their president, who, given his own predilections, would otherwise not countenance such clumsy intimidation of journalists.
In fact, there are plenty of reasons to assume that Barack Obama has established the tenor and methodology of press relations from the very outset of his administration, characterized by expectations of unfailing support, coupled with a general vindictiveness toward his few critics among the press corps. In the past, Obama’s habit of leaking the divorce records of opponents, his calls for supporters to confront opponents and “get in their face,” petty threats in St. Louis by prosecutors against any who might say untrue things about Obama, and successful pressure to keep unpublished the Obama speech praising the radical Palestinian-American Rashid Khalidi were not even news, but usually written off as the normal pro-Obama zeal. Obama alone could not have elevated The View to a supposedly serious 60 Minutes–type news show — and reduced 60 Minutes to the inanity of The View’
While I am writing this I am listening to Rush Limbaugh talking about the emails he is getting from people telling him his ideas are being stolen by others, his answer is he doesn’t care, as long as his viewers understand the problem and his aims. (I’m paraphrasing his words.) What he is saying is, and has been pretty much what all are thinking. The press is carrying the load for Obama, they are in his camp and believe in him.
But for more from VDH:
The former White House communications director, Anita Dunn, once (among other astounding declarations) denounced Fox News as essentially an illegitimate news network, “Obviously [the president] will go on Fox because he engages with ideological opponents. He has done that before and he will do it again. . . . When he goes on Fox he understands he is not going on it as a news network at this point. He is going on it to debate the opposition.”
But that was not freelancing on Dunn’s part. Obama himself later went after Fox directly, in a manner that might be characterized as preemptive bullying: “I think what we really have to do is change some of the incentive structures so that people feel liberated to pursue some common ground. One of the biggest factors is going to be how the media shapes debates. If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you’ll see more of them doing it.”
Presidential example filters down the chain of command. Have we forgotten that, in the first year of the Obama administration, Yosi Sergant, then “communications director” of the National Endowment for the Arts, in a conference call to artists who were to participate in government-subsidized programs, urged them to use their influence to further the Obama agenda? If the NEA was to be politicized, what federal agency would not be?
Do we remember “AttackWatch.com,” whose website offered “files” on potential Obama critics? Its spooky, pseudo-intelligence red-and-black format offered names and pictures, and asked readers to report critics with the invitation, “Have you seen or heard this attack?” “Yes/No.”
Long before Rahm Emanuel went after Chick-fil-A (“Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago values. They’re not respectful of our residents, our neighbors and our family members. And if you’re gonna be part of the Chicago community, you should reflect Chicago values”), he had, as White House chief of staff, warned states and their congressional representatives that they would be punished should they criticize the president’s stimulus.
The president of the United States has often demonized his opponents as those who need to be punished, or who seek to arrest children on their way to ice-cream parlors,[….]
I do not recall any member of the White House press corps reminding the president that to lump millionaires and billionaires together is to suggest that being worth a million dollars is as culpable as being worth 1,000 times that sum.
[….]When a U.S. ambassador is murdered, it used to be news; now the news is the scoundrel who dares to think it is news.
Of course, there is more, he is a great writer, but in reading these words I can only think it will take a miracle to keep the United States of America to continue down a path our constitution leads us. Instead, I cannot see that having so many people with so much under education, in addition to those who do not even care about facts or actual history AND the constitution will propel us anywhere but down the socialist, dictatorship of whomever is the most slick, charismatic person who comes down the path. I am not even saying President Obama is that one, I am just saying we have been so propagandized that we no longer have the means to stop it.