Saturday, May 5, 2012

Despicable Press

Fred Barnes runs through some of the many unsavory and unprecedented tactics employed by Obama in this campaign.  And he notes briefly how the press allows the president to get away with it all.  As despicable as Obama has been, the real story here is the press.  It should be the focus.

As a general rule, politicians will try to get away with whatever they can.  We can assume that Obama would stop with a lot of the stuff that is out of bounds, if the press would do its job and blow the whistle on it.  (Note however, that with the amateur hour that is the Obama White House one could make a reasonable argument that he might continue to screw up by overstepping, even if the press were performing its role properly.) 

We have the disasterous leadership that currently afflicts the nation, in part, because the press refused to do its job of vetting politicians.  It is a tragedy that the press worked harder to learn about Joe the Plumber's background than it did Obama's.  That incompetence and/or corruption has consequences.  Today, people are giving up and dropping out of the work force because of the policies of the current president.  The press deserves a lot of the blame.

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