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May 26, 2013 - 5:33 am
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Peter Wehner writing in the Weekly Standard magazine:

Some conservatives think that the elite media are finally turning on Barack Obama and his administration.

The argument goes like this: The trio of scandals that have burst forth in the last couple of weeks–the events before, during, and after the deadly attack on the diplomatic outpost in Benghazi; the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups; and especially the Department of Justice’s secret subpoenas of Associated Press phone records and targeting of Fox News reporter James Rosen as a potential co-conspirator in a leak investigation–will mark an inflection point. From here on out, journalists will apply far more scrutiny to President Obama. His free ride is over.

Don’t believe it.

In saying this, we don’t mean to suggest that journalists won’t ask tough questions or say critical things about the administration from time to time. But sooner or later they will–with a few impressive exceptions–revert to their ways. We are, after all, dealing with deeply ingrained habits and ideological commitments.

Take the New York Times. On May 17, in a story about how President Obama is trying to move beyond his current problems, the Times declared, “In the last few days, the administration appears to have stopped the bleeding. The release of internal e-mails on Benghazi largely confirmed the White House’s account.”

Except it did no such thing. The White House’s account was that neither it nor the State Department made any substantive changes to the talking points related to the Benghazi attacks. We have irrefutable evidence–actual documents–that they did. The White House’s account was that a YouTube video critical of Muhammad sparked a spontaneous assault on the American diplomatic outpost in Benghazi. Except this is a fabrication.

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Journalists have been more critical of the administration in the IRS and Justice Department-press stories. But even there the criticisms of the president and his top advisers have been relatively restrained. And certainly the intensity of the coverage has been far less than if this were occurring under a Republican president.

The state of journalism and the media business in general is actually working in favor of expansive coverage of the scandals. While the relatively uninteresting business of covering politics and government day to day may play into the obvious biases of the media relating to how they cover the administration, when it comes to scandals — especially those that touch directly on the interests of the press as with the AP story — competition drives the intensity of coverage.

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Back? The question presumes they ever left.

I don't buy the premise.

The Agenda Media has not changed their agenda, they are upset not at the serial destruction of liberties and gang rape of freedoms. They are upset that ONE of them, touched on them.

Tanks...for nothing.
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It reminds me of the Catholic Bishops, who supported the Democraps widely in all their social engineering over the decades, but at last got so riled up when it was their freedom of religion at stake for the HHS mandates they are fighting. The press mocks and castigates the Catholics for objecting to the invasion of their sacred right to freedom of religion, as defined by the religious practitioners' own terms. Time will tell whether the Catholic Bishops keep their newly-invigorated faith after the crisis is resolved or return to their fat-and-happy ways. Now it's the press with their equivalent invasion of sacred rights of freedom of the press, reasonable search, etc. from the Obots. But when this crisis passes, the press will no doubt return to their cud-chewing blindness. No doubt in my mind.
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Somewhere between, by my reading, 80 and 90% of all U.S. journalists are committed Democrats. They will support 0 through thick and thin, regardless of what might be in the journalists own self-interest. A few may criticize, some vociferously, but they will never leave the fold. Sheep, after all, remain sheep regardless of the wolf at the door.
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>> In any big story like the IRS, AP, and even Benghazi scandals,
>> reporters don’t see red or blue; they see green.

Tue and False. Covering a story can take place from many points of view. The MSM will seek to ameliorate the scandals (as they did with Fast and Furious). That way they can have their green AND their blue! Many Americans (perhaps most) won't notice that the coverage is entirely skewed, or even a pack of lies.

Our only hope for some semblance of truth from the media is the media outlets not in the tank for Obama, like PJMedia, the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Commentary, etc...

That means we're relying on you and your colleagues, Mr. Moran, to NOT go for the green, but to stick with the truth, even if it means you don't make as much money as Ezra Klein ...
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Remember how wonderful it was when obama gave the order (after it had already happened) to take out bin Laden? The only reason he gave that order, in my opinion, was if he hadn't, there would have been no second term, even as a dog catcher.

The media's new found "investigative truth" is along the same lines. They could not risk turning a blind eye towards the incompetence this administration displays on an almost daily basis. They would loose their last 4,000 or so watchers/subscribers.

Never fear, they will be back in the pocket of their savior shortly. Our task is to never let them rest, continue to point out their biased propaganda reporting every time we see it, we hear it, or someone states it.
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Yeah, I have to admit I agree with the pessimists here. I think the larger context is that until the American's economy faces the day of reckoning when it has to pay for the massive deficit spending it has used to keep the economy limping along it will be business as usual for the MSM. And in Washington - and I mean both parties. Would have Romney have curbed the deficit spending? I voted for him because I hoped he would, but I recognized there was a limit to what he or Paul Ryan could have done without the whole bubble collapsing and them ending up holding the bag. If the economy is still flying high on cocaine Keynesianism in 2016 the country may well put Hilary in to keep the good times rolling. I don't think any candidate from either party who is serious about changing the system can be elected until there is a collapse. That said, I think the reform candidates will tend to come from the Republican side unless and until the Republicans happen to be in power when the crash comes. If we are lucky we will get a Republican president and congress that can find a way forward without having a collapse, then there is perhaps some hope to pay off the deficit with petro dollars and other high tech windfalls. Mid 20th century, Blue state economics are going to keep failing and neither the Democrats nor their MSM are going to change until they have to - because, well, they are special kind of conservative that I think of as 'dead end'.
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"We are, after all, dealing with deeply ingrained habits and ideological commitments."

Don't overlook the financial motivation! A lucrative career usually depends on one's adherence to progressive ideology.
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FYI, they have never left the tank, they dive deeper away from the spotlight for now.

The tank is a roach motel, once they are in, they can't get out. They need their paychecks from the guys whose relatives are serving the WH.
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This is just a lover's quarrel. Shortly, they'll be n flagrante delicto all over again.
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When hasn't it been "business as usual" for the Lamestream Media? They will never leave the tank. Outside of a few lame, meaningless editorials, they are always going to be at Obama's six.
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----- "How Long Before the Media Is Back in the Tank for Obama?"

About one hour after Rick Moran and the RINO establishment.
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The MSM can NOT deny Obama for long, as to do so would be for them to deny themselves.
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The MSM can long deny Obama for long, as to do so would be for them to deny themselves.
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