With each passing day, the so-called “mainstream media” – known here as the “Democrat-media complex” – proves it can no longer be trusted to provide Americans with objective news, especially in the arena of Presidential politics.
Douglas MacKinnon writes of the fear Rick Perry generates among liberal media types:
Not since Ronald Reagan has a Republican candidate for president evoked such outright fear and loathing from the mainstream media and the far-left.
They are flat-out petrified of Perry and are desperately trying to kill off his candidacy before it can take hold. Why?
Simple. As they suspiciously heap praise on the likes of Jon Huntsman and even Mitt Romney, they increasingly worry that Perry has the best chance to defeat their handpicked socialist messiah now occupying the Oval Office.
With exactly that mission in mind, an editor of a major newspaper told me: “We plan to declare war on Rick Perry and do all in our power to crush him.”
“Declare war?” Is this the job of a publication whose purpose is to inform the public?
The answer, clearly, is no – but as Newsbusters documents every day, the Democrat-media complex is doing all it can to destroy any GOP candidate before the very first primary in 2012.
There you have it. No pretense of integrity, professionalism or of unbiased news-gathering. This particular newspaper plans to use its very considerable resources to destroy the Perry campaign before it gains momentum. Period.
The entire complex – print and broadcast divisions alike – have attacked every conservative candidate on practically every front. Perhaps they sense that their guy – Barack Obama – is slipping so badly in the polls that he could give Democrats a Carter-style defeat in 2012.
Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center discussed this with Sean Hannity recently on Fox News:
Attacks on Republicans like Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, and Sarah Palin that compare them to the Three Stooges are just a sign that the liberal media is getting worried that their champion Barack Obama stands a good shot of losing next year’s election. What’s more, any Republican who gets attacked as an intellectual lightweight should “wear it as a badge of honor.”
How desperate is the Obama camp?
Todd J. Gilman writes at the Dallas Morning News that in addition to the standard opposition research, the Obama campaign is reaching out to average Texans for their view of Rick Perry:
The Obama campaign team is asking Texans to share complaints about Gov. Rick Perry, and compiling the critiques for possible use in Perry-bashing ads and other material – a sure sign the president’s advisers are taking no chances.
“Your feedback will help hold him accountable on the campaign trail, inspire fellow Texans to get involved, and introduce his record — his actual record — to voters across the country,” Hector Nieto, the campaign’s Texas director, told Texas supporters by email blast today. “Your words will remind him that even as he runs, he won’t be able to hide — a lesson he apparently hadn’t learned as recently as last week. That’s when his campaign explained that the positions he took in the book he wrote just nine months ago, like saying that Social Security is unconstitutional and `a crumbling monument to the failure of the New Deal,’ no longer represent his views.
“But what other Americans are just starting to learn about — and, frankly, reject — Texans have dealt with for more than a decade. It’s up to us to make sure he doesn’t get to run away from the truth.”
A post at the conservative blog Hot Air notes:
Yes, they really do have an online form just for this on Obama’s campaign site. I’m intrigued by the fact that they’re not content to rely on standard oppo research in this case but want man-on-the-street grumbling from Texas liberals instead. Is that because they’re deeply (and understandably) worried about voters being dazzled by Texas’s record on jobs and think that only “eyewitness testimony” from the locals disputing it will be effective? Or is it because Perry has a huge, obvious populist advantage over President Spock such that only fellow salt-of-the-earth southerners might be able to counter it?
The Democrat-media complex is so fearful of an Obama defeat, they are attacking conservative voters in addition to the candidates themselves.
Newsbusters’ Clay Waters wrote that Bill Keller, the outgoing executive director for the New York Times, mocked the Christian beliefs held by some of the candidates, and compared it to belief in space aliens. Naturally, to operatives of the complex, anyone who believes in God and questions the theory of evolution is backward and unworthy to participate in American democracy.
Matt Hadro wrote at Newsbusters that CNN’s Jack Cafferty slammed conservative supporters of Palin, Bachmann and Perry as being “allergic to brains.”
Despite the attacks, Perry presses on, introducing himself to voters.
As he tells his story and as he explains his vision, more and more voters are lining up behind him. As that momentum builds, more and more from the left and right try to twist his words, besmirch his reputation and deceive the American people.
Fortunately for all who still cherish traditional values, the voters are wise to these self-serving attacks on Perry. Most are now willing and anxious to hear the Texas governor out.
“The rest,” MacKinnon writes, “is up to him.”
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