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Roger L. Simon

IRS: Shame and Loathing on the Media Trail

June 25th, 2014 - 11:05 pm

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A number of smart people, among them Peter Wehner, Mark Halperin and John Hinderaker, have been pointing out the unfortunately predictable silence of the mainstream media regarding the IRS scandal — not to mention the myriad other Obama scandals that we will soon be counting on three, or is it four, hands.

The front page of Tuesday’s New York Times made no mention of the congressional hearings on the missing Lois Lerner emails and putative computer crash; the networks were a virtual silence of the not-so-lambs.  (Remember  how they obsessed on the  Christie/GW Bridge contretemps as if it were the beginning of nuclear war?)

On his Wednesday Talking Points Memo, Bill O’Reilly went so far as to say the media silence, censorship, whatever you want to call it was subverting democracy. That’s an understatement.  It was trampling on it.

The  conventional explanation for this willful blindness cited by the above mentioned gentlemen is that the media is in the tank for the Democratic Party and, by extension, for Obama.  Well, sure. But it is far more than that. Political parties and politicians come and go.  The media doesn’t.  They may be in the tank for Obama, but much more than that they are in the tank for themselves — a whole lifestyle and world view that has been going on for decades, moral narcissism distilled to its purest essence.

It is that world view and lifestyle that is under threat in the debacle that is the Obama administration.  This world view, promulgating  supposedly altruistic values,  but actually stemming from a profound need to be thought of as good for their beliefs irrespective of results of those beliefs, is in a precarious position as never before.  The disintegration of a politician or a political party is bad enough. Far worse is the disintegration of a personality, the disintegration of the self. That is intolerable.

The real reason these media folks cannot face reality is that to do so would mean to see their very persons, everything they have ever stood for, or thought they stood for, or pretended to themselves they stood for, dissolving in a puddle like the Wicked Witch of the West.

Obama is beside the point. They don’t even like Obama anymore.  Nothing could be more obvious. Almost nobody does.  But they won’t say so in public because that would mean that they would be revealed as fools who believed the most banal tripe imaginable. It would also mean admitting Barack Obama never really existed, that they invented him. He was their projection. Barack Obama is the creation of the New York Times, et al.  Without them he would never have happened and they know it.

So the media are left in an untenable position. If you say Barack Obama is a mistake, then you yourself are a mistake. Who wants that?

No wonder they won’t investigate the scandals. No wonder they won’t report any of this. They are too ashamed of themselves to speak.

The heroes of Watergate are no more, if they ever were.  (That was always basically a chimera.)  The myth of the crusading investigative reporter is not only dead, it’s decomposed. In the disintegration of the Obama administration, the end of the mainstream media is not  collateral damage, it is the core damage.

That is already evident in the response to the IRS scandal.  It is metastasizing rapidly despite the near blackout by the MSM. In one recent poll 63 percent of Democrats think the IRS intentionally destroyed the emails.  Democrats.  How’d they find that out?  Not from the New York Times.

Get ready for endless tantrums of many sorts.  When moral narcissism of the level we have been experiencing breaks down, anything can happen.  The media will do almost anything to preserve their fragile selves. Evasion, distraction and outright lies will be continuous and may reach unprecedented levels.  

The mainstream media has been in trouble for years, but their silence about the ills of the Obama administration has finished them off as never before.  They will stumble on, but from here on in they will be, as was said of the U.S. during the Vietnam era, a “pitiful, helpless giant.”

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I don't believe the MSM is ashamed of itself. Integrity and honesty is needed for that and I see no signs of that in the MSM. I believe they still think they can "win" because of the stupidty, shortsightedness and veniality of the public. And they could be right.
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These people are pathetic fools, thugs, and bullies who could give a "s" about anything except their own egos. Don't give them too much credit for anything and more importantly don't buy their papers, or listen to their tv stations or buy their cable or movies either. Boycott and screw ever last one of these MFs. They have permitted this dictator to ruin America and it is the least we can do "to ruin them" in return. Thank you very much.
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I wish I could believe that. The rehabilitation of Bill Clinton and the re-election of Obama make me skeptical.
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Seems to be a good opportunity to spoof the NYT's with news that they don't publish. The New York Times logo is "All the News thats fit to be printed" but then they don't print it, why not something on Fox News telling just what the Times failed to print, it would be hilarious to actually show that the NYT's hides for Obama and the rest of the Communists. Lots of even the clueless such as the 'liberal and illiberal' would tune in for the scandals that come daily from the Democrat Crime Cartel.
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Roger, is anyone keeping a running tab on the scandals the Obama administration and the silence of the mainstream media?
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I may be totally wrong on this, but did MSN recently change channels on AT&T Uverse. Suddenly, they are appearing right next to FOX.
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There is a greater sadness here. Your "disiintegration of the personality, the disintegration of the self" IS intolerable.

But WORSE is that disintegrating personality determined to "not go gentle into that dark night".

To take an entire living organism with all its various cells, tissues, organs
and organ systems down with it in the "bonfire of its vanities", its immolation.

As the immune system of the Constitutional Republic of the USA, the Media, educational, entertainment and legal - government organs are crucial for its healthy functioning. Even its viability.

When that immune system is weakend with infection or toxins, the organism is in danger in its personality, its Self, its Identity, its viabllity.

The Cllintons, the Obamas and their troupes in the immune system are symptoms of disease in the organism. Propagating and taking over the organism. Without to date effective resistance. Aye there's the rub.
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When I need a laugh, I go to this blog run by an old news hound. His chronicle of the death of newspapers is a hoot:

http://newsosaur.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-plight-of-newspapers-in-single-chart.html
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You know what the worst thing is about the MSM?

Every once in a while something anti-Obama will leak out. Sometimes it’s no more than an inopportune moment with a hot mike. Sometimes it’s a question at a news conference. Sometimes, though, it’s an outright rant by a minor figure.

But always, it’s never about the rampant incompetence. It’s not about the failures. It’s not about the scandals. It’s not about the nutty ideas, like Lead From Behind, Cash for Clunkers,- the most - or the Porkulous package. It’s not about the broken laws. It’s not even about the lying.

It’s about the MSM not getting their due, their rightfully owed piece of the action, their moment in the sun, their appropriate recognition. Their access to the “most open and transparent administration in history.”

The MSM are prostitutes; that’s obvious. But even when the services have been delivered and the clients serviced, their pimp never pays them their share. There’s no money left on the top of the dresser in the cheap hotel room; he’s playing golf and can’t be reached.

Do they go to the cops and make a confession? Swear out a warrant? Even go find another pimp? No, they just keep right on performing for the guy who screwed them after they did the professional screwing.

Obama treats them like dirt and feeds them excrement. And the most – the most - you get out of them is, “And in such small portions, too.”

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The Leftwing MSM isnt ashamed of itself. Get real Roger. They have no shame....only an agenda.
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Are they delusional, thinking they can still control and channel information flow as they did ca. 1935-1980?
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When the day of deliverance comes, and the firing squads begin their work of termination, the reptiles will never understand why they, too, are being stood up against the wall and shot along with the politicians.
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Fox News has plenty of fair and balanced newsmen. But fair reporters are locked out the New York times et.al. If they could get jobs, there would be amny more. Conservatives have to start buying some of the brand names and seeding them with honest reporters.
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This article is bunk and naive. The media isn't too ashamed to report on Obama's actions because it cast doubt on their own worldview. What they're doing is acting as a buffer between their tyrant's actions and the public. His actions have been nothing short of radicalizing every branch of government against their political opposition to destroy the Republican party once and for all and bring about one party rule. They support that. They're just trying hide his totalitarian tactics from public view because socialists and communists have to hide who they really are in this country. It's revolution "without a shot being fired" which has always been their creed, and their goal. He's the "one they've been waiting for" and they'll give him cover to the very end so he can go about his way destroying their enemies and reshaping this country around their vision, which is a country of underclass people totally dependent on their largesse while they sit comfortably atop the heap with unchallenged power and wealth.
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