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The media is turning on President Obama

By Michael Goodwin

April 27, 2014 | 3:09am

With multiple crises spiraling out of control around the world, stories about the Obama presidency are taking on the air of postmortems. What went wrong, who’s to blame, what next — even The New York Times is starting to recognize that Dear Leader is a global flop.

“Obama Suffers Setbacks in Japan and the Mideast,” the paper declared on Friday’s front page. The double whammy of failure pushed the growing Russian menace in ­Europe to inside pages, but even they were chock-full of reports about utopia gone wrong.

One story detailed how the White House was facing the “consequences of underestimating” North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. Others recounted the continuing Syrian slaughter and the murder of three Americans in Afghanistan.

The accounts and others like them amount to an autopsy of a failed presidency, but the process won’t be complete unless it is completely honest. To meet that test, the Times, other liberal news organizations and leading Democrats, in and out of office, must come to grips with their own failures, as well.

Obama had a free hand to make a mess because they gave it to him. They cheered him on, supporting him with unprecedented gobs of money and near-unanimous votes. They said “aye” to any cockamamie concept he came up with, echoed his demonization of critics and helped steamroll unpopular and unworkable ideas into reality.

Some of his backers knew better, and said so privately, but publicly they were all in. Whether it was ObamaCare, his anti-Israel position or the soft-shoe shuffle around the Iranian nuke crisis, they lacked the courage to object.

They said nothing as Obama went on foreign apology tours and stood silent as our allies warned of disastrous consequences. Even now, despite protests from a succession of Pentagon leaders, former Democratic defense hawks are helping Obama hollow out our military as Russia and China expand theirs and al Qaeda extends its footprint.

A king is no king without a court, and Obama has not lacked for lackeys. The system of checks and balances is written into the Constitution, but it is the everyday behavior of Americans of good will that makes the system work.

That system broke down under Obama, and the blame starts with the media. By giving the president the benefit of the doubt at every turn, by making excuses to explain away fiascos, by ignoring corruption, by buying the White House line that his critics were motivated by pure politics or racism, the Times and other organizations played the role of bartender to a man on a bender.

Even worse, they joined the party, forgetting the lessons of history as well as their own responsibilities to put a check on power. A purpose of a free press is to hold government accountable, but there is no fallback when the watchdog voluntarily chooses to be a lapdog.

The sycophancy was not lost on other politicians and private citizens. Taking their cue from the media, they, too, bit their tongues and went along as the president led the nation astray and misread foreign threats.

From the start, support for Obama often had a cult-like atmosphere. He sensed it, began to believe it and became comfortable demanding total agreement as the price for the favor of his leadership.

That he is now the imperial president he used to bemoan is no long­er in dispute. The milking of perks, from golf trips to Florida to European vacations for the first lady, is shockingly vulgar, but not a peep of protest comes from his supporters.

The IRS becomes a political enforcer, but that, too, is accepted because nobody will risk their access by telling Obama no. You are either with him or you are his enemy.

The evidence is everywhere that his ideas are flawed, that his view of economics, diplomacy, the military, history, science and religion are warped by his own narcissism. He doesn’t even talk a good game anymore.

Yet it remains a fool’s errand to hope he will correct his ways. He is not capable; he looks in the mirror and sees only a savior.

It is equally clear that those who shielded him from facts and their own best judgment did him no ­favors. Out of fear and favor, they abdicated their duty to the nation, and they must share the burden of history’s verdict. After all, America’s decline happened on their watch, too.

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Re: The media is turning on President Obama By Michael Goodwin
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2014, 10:59:07 AM »
I am minded of Oliver Cromwell, who famously said to the artist he was sitting for: "Paint me warts and all."

That is the duty of the media. They failed.
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Re: The media is turning on President Obama By Michael Goodwin
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2014, 11:21:46 AM »

 
Obama does not care if the press likes him or not. He believes them to be his fools, and that is exactly how he treats them. But, after five years of questions like, "Mr. President! Mr. President! um..um..Do you like ice cream?" who can blame him.
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Re: The media is turning on President Obama By Michael Goodwin
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2014, 11:26:13 AM »
He expected the world to accede to his wishes based only on his ability to read a teleprompter, and the media is so shallow they expected it as well.  The media is even more shocked at these developments than OPapaDoc is.
« Last Edit: April 27, 2014, 05:43:19 PM by massadvj »
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Re: The media is turning on President Obama By Michael Goodwin
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2014, 01:16:35 PM »
It is good, I suppose, that some it see it.  But it is too late, we have travelled too far down the path of politically-correct cult figure, of the demographically-correct celebrity.  The next one will be the first woman "King" and she will be every bit the imperial, invulnerable demagogue that Obama is.  No one will dare oppose her and our society will celebrate her as a god-like figure, just like it does Obama.

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« Last Edit: April 27, 2014, 02:17:22 PM by Scottftlc »
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Re: The media is turning on President Obama By Michael Goodwin
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2014, 01:35:05 PM »
The liberals have the ability to ignore defects in their party favorites. They report how they wish it was, rather than how it actually is.

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Re: The media is turning on President Obama By Michael Goodwin
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2014, 01:47:37 PM »
No one has Obama's number like Michael Goodwin. When his editorials strike at Obama they always draw blood. He does a pretty good number on Di Blasio, too. Never in meanness though, but just to bring some clarity to these public figures.
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Re: The media is turning on President Obama By Michael Goodwin
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2014, 02:00:41 PM »
The liberals have the ability to ignore defects in their party favorites. They report how they wish it was, rather than how it actually is.

That is how all Liberals live their entire lives. That is their whole thought process. They live in a world of 'wishes'. It is a world of fantasy and make believe and rainbows and unicorns. That is why they are so fascistically dogmatic, and is why they are so intolerant and incredibly sensitive to any challenge to anything they 'believe'.
 
It is because they live in such a fragile made up world, that they cannot tolerate any dissent, or their whole fantasy bubble would burst and the house of cards would come crashing down.
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Re: The media is turning on President Obama By Michael Goodwin
« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2014, 03:08:14 PM »
The liberals have the ability to ignore defects in their party favorites. They report how they wish it was, rather than how it actually is.

Yep.

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