Monday, November 03, 2008

MSM’s outtakes for “The One”

The Free Dictionary defines outtake as:

a. A section or scene, as of a movie, that is filmed but not used in the final version.

b. A complete version, as of a recording, that is dropped in favor of another version.

With the presidential campaign drawing to a close, Victor Davis Hanson examines important issues and information mainstream news organizations knew about but treated as “outtakes” when telling the story of “The One.”

Hanson begins - - -

There have always been media biases and prejudices. Everyone knew that Walter Cronkite, from his gilded throne at CBS news, helped to alter the course of the Vietnam War, when, in the post-Tet depression, he prematurely declared the war unwinnible. Dan Rather’s career imploded when he knowingly promulgated a forged document that impugned the service record of George W. Bush. …

Yet we have never quite seen anything like the current media infatuation with Barack Obama, and its collective desire not to raise key issues of concern to the American people.

Here were four areas of national interest that were largely ignored:


For years an axiom of the liberal establishment was the need for public campaign financing — and the corrosive role of private money in poisoning the election process. The most prominent Republican who crossed party lines to ensure the passage of national public campaign financing was John McCain — a maverick stance that cost him dearly among conservatives who resented bitterly federal interference in political expression.

In contrast, Barack Obama, remember, promised that he would accept both public funding and the limitations that went along with it, and would “aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election.”

Then in June 2008, Obama abruptly reneged, bowing out entirely from government financing, the first presidential nominee in the general election to do that since the system was created in 1976.

For all practical purposes, public financing of the presidential general election is now dead. No Republican will ever agree to it again. No Democrat can ever again dare to defend a system destroyed by Obama. All future worries about the dangers of big money and big politics will fall on deaf ears. ...


We know now almost all the details of Sarah Palin’s pregnancies, whether the trooper who tasered her nephew went to stun or half stun, the cost of her clothes, and her personal expenses — indeed, almost everything except how a mother of so many children gets elected councilwoman, mayor, and governor, routs an entrenched old-boy cadre, while maintaining near record levels of public support.

Yet the American public knows almost nothing of what it should about the extraordinary career of Joe Biden, the 36-year veteran of the Senate. In unprecedented fashion, Biden has simply avoided the press for most of the last two months, confident that the media instead would deconstruct almost every word of “good looking” Sarah Palin’s numerous interviews with mostly hostile interrogators. ….


In 2004, few Americans knew Barack Obama. In 2008, they may elect him. Surely his past was of more interest than his present serial denials of it. Whatever the media’s feelings about the current Barack Obama, there should have been some story that the Obama of 2008 is radically different from the Obama who was largely consistent and predictable for the prior 30 years.

Each Obama metamorphosis in itself might be attributed to the normal evolution to the middle, as a candidate shifts from the primary to the general election.

But in the case of Obama, we witnessed not a shift, but a complete transformation to an entirely new persona — in almost every imaginable sense of the word. Name an issue — FISA, NAFTA, guns, abortion, capital punishment, coal, nuclear power, drilling, Iran, Jerusalem, the surge — and Obama’s position today is not that of just a year ago. …


The eleventh-hour McCain allegations of Obama’s advocacy for a share-the-wealth socialism were generally ignored by the media, or if covered, written off as neo-McCarthyism.

Hanson’s entire article’s here. I hope you read it.


With some honorable exceptions, the MSM has treated anything that questions Obama’s fictions as outtake material to be left on the cutting room floor. So when you read or see The One, they're giving you fictions presented as news.

Hanson has it right when he ends his article with - - -

The media has succeeded in shielding Barack Obama from journalistic scrutiny. It thereby irrevocably destroyed its own reputation and forfeited the trust that generations of others had so carefully acquired. And it will never again be trusted to offer candid and nonpartisan coverage of presidential candidates.

Worse still, the suicide of both print and electronic journalism has ensured that, should Barack Obama be elected president, the public will only then learn what they should have known far earlier about their commander-in-chief — but in circumstances and from sources they may well regret.

Hat tip: Jack in Silver Springs


Anonymous said...

So true, I have been mistrustful of the media for a few years. Now I virtually don't trust anything I hear or read or I wonder what they are leaving out and which way they are trying to spin the 'story'.
Here in Australia we have media bias, mostly coming from the government funded media, the rest of the media is a bit better and can be fair when they want too. But it’s nothing compared to what I’ve seen from the US media.
And what we hear about the election over here is basically the same as what you get but without FOX to offer a different point of view. Virtually everyone is Australia must believe that Obama has had this locked up from day one and that he will win by a landslide.
It’s always pro Obama and nothing negative is ever reported, Biden is not mentioned at all. McCain is portrayed as ‘tired’ which is a nice way of saying ‘old’ and Palin is portrayed as a vicious idiot (mostly because of the shooting thing).