If The Truth Will Set You Free, What Will the MSM Do?
I was going to write a satire of the mainstream news media this week but the Washington Post beat me to it. Proving that they are spiraling toward irrelevance and bankruptcy the old fashioned way — by earning it! — the Post ran a hit piece on presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney that managed to be both irrelevant and suspect, if not altogether untrue. The Post reported that Romney, as a teenager, bullied a classmate. The newspaper also implied Romney's motive was homophobia. Romney admits he was a prankster as a kid, which he regrets, but says that homophobia had nothing to do with it. The family of the alleged bullying victim John Lauber says WaPo's "portrayal of John is factually incorrect and we are aggrieved that he would be used to further a political agenda."
The politically meaningless and factually dubious story was timed for release in the immediate wake of Barack Obama's "evolution" on gay marriage. In an incredibly gutsy call, Obama was forced to abandon his make-believe opposition to the controversial issue when his blithering vice president's open support for guy-on-guy action humiliated the president to the point where he stopped lying about being against gay marriage and lied instead about feeling it was a matter that should be left to the states.
Obama's new position caused chills to run up and down the body of CBS News-leftist Robin Roberts, who did the interview. It also moved Newsweek to run a cover featuring Obama with a rainbow halo. This seems like a lot of excitement for a president who is now echoing the views of Vice President Dick Cheney... but, of course, the MSM doesn't really think Obama wants the states (or churches) to be able to reject gay marriage. They only support him in his Cheneyesque stance because they — and everyone else — know it's a lie. As with the abandonment of our missile defenses at the whims of our enemies, Obama will no doubt have "more flexibility" about telling the truth after he wins re-election.
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