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Ed Driscoll

All the President’s Stenographers

May 31st, 2013 - 1:42 pm

Woodward and Bernstein left the building a long time ago. Either that or — heaven forefend, the Washington Post has different standards for each party when they’re in the White House: sink the GOP, and roll over like a kitten waiting to be stroked for its fellow Democrats.

“Washington Post: The Justice Department has allowed us to say AG Holder supports press freedom,” Sean Higgins writes at crosstown rival the Washington Examiner, complete with a terrific headline:

As The Washington Examiner‘s own Susan Ferrechio reports Friday most news organizations boycotted on principle Attorney General Eric Holder’s offer to join a press conference Thursday  in which he discussed the Obama’s White House various efforts to monitor, intimidate and harass journalists. Holder’s condition was that the meeting be “off the record,” meaning none of the reporters would be allowed to report what was said at the meeting.

Among those who did attend was the Washington Post. Today’s Post has an account of the meeting — sort of. That is, they have a story about what the Justice Department allowed them to say about its efforts to protect press freedom. The result is just beyond parody (All emphasis is added):

How does Holder’s off-the-record briefing differ from the talking points the Post-enabled Juicebox Mafia presumably receive on a daily basis?

Speaking of which, a leftwing Politico Obama stenographer has a sad about the president; Jim Geraghty attempts to cheer him him a little:

Perhaps Thrush could write a daily advice email to the president to make himself better known, as this CNN “journalist” admitted to writing in January — every day of Mr. Obama’s first term.

When leftwing “journalists” start sounding like prepubescent girls at the height of Beatlemania, no wonder, as Peter Wehner writes at the Weekly Standard, the media will always love Obama; “It’s only a matter of time before the media are back in the tank.”

Unless, in the case of the Washington Post, they never left to come up for air in the first place.

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The key to comprehending this obscenity, this dereliction of the press's duty not merely toward us, but toward itself, is to grasp the true significance of Barack Hussein Obama. He's not just the president. He's a celebrity.

Barack Hussein Obama is, indeed, the quintessence of a celebrity -- of one who's "famous for being famous." He has not one substantive accomplishment to his name. He rose to national prominence on the strength of promotion alone -- indeed, selection and promotion by others. As a public official, he might as well have been on sabbatical the whole time -- and I include his tenure in the White House.

Barack Hussein Obama is the press's idea of exactly what a celebrity should be: a figure of ineffable glamour, upon whom -- as he himself once said! -- they can project whatever image they find most useful at any time. How could they NOT love him past the point of madness?

There can be no more scathing indictment of our media than that they've made the promotion of their own self-esteem the highest of all their priorities. For that is why the media loves the pure celebrity above all others: He allows them to say to themselves, "He is our creation. We made him what he is!"
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In 2000 the press was sure that Al Gore and his campaign were right and Bush hadn't really won Florida. What did they do? 5 media outlets sent representatives to Florida to look at the chads and count the ballots, in an effort, and let's be fair. to insure the election was decided properly.

Does anyone, and I really mean anyone, think this press will look into the 2012 election and really evaluate how many votes the IRS cost Mitt Romney? Of course not!! This election was stolen. Let's see how long it takes for a constitutional free press to protect the citizens and dig into this really important story.
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The Washington Post hasn't changed. Woodward and Bernstein went after Nixon because Nixon was a Republican. There were plenty of things that could have been reported on the Kennedy White House. Where was the media there?

The more things change, the more they stay the same.
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