Well, as far as I can tell, Fox News has turned itself into virtually 24/7 bash Barack Obama over his association with his former pastor Jeremiah Wright. My favorite part is night after night seeing Karl Rove - a career Machiavellian Republican operative who has worked his entire adult life towards one goal: amassing power for the Republican Party - on to offer "analysis". As if Rove is capable of such a thing as dispassionate objectivity ... Rove is doing the same thing that he did as the political brain of the still current administration but now he's given a platform on the Republican propaganda network that is Fox under the pretense of being journalism. There is just something terribly insidious about that. (And nevermind that Rove is at the least an undisclosed informal advisor to the McCain campaign.)
But even print newspapers that do engage in journalism - such as the New York Times and the Washington Post - have been following Sean Hannity's lead in covering the Wright "controversy" while not focusing on McCain having apparently betrayed his own principles in now pandering to the theocratic Christian nationalist movement.
Meanwhile, our current President who campaigned as the candidate of the Religous Right continues to "associate" with religious extremists with no "controversy" managing to erupt. Funny how that works, isn't it?
Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck and Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh and Peggy Noonan and the rest are all oh so concerned about Barack Obama being influenced by the dangerous Jeremiah Wright who hates America. And "liberal media" stars like Brian Williams and George Stephanopolous consider it their duty to be "fair and balanced" and cover the "controversy."
Except I have not once seen it been demonstrated in what way the substance of Obama's campaign platform is a reflection of the views of Jeremiah Wright. Where is the connection? In what ways will an Obama administration be influenced by Wright? All I see is conspiratorial guilt by association.
Yet that is enough to send our press corps into a frenzy over this matter. Again, funny how that works, because I don't remember the press corps going into overdrive speculating about how then candidate Bush might be influenced by Rev. Rushdooney when he was campaigning as a "compassionate conservative." The press could not be bothered to tell the American public that compassionate conservatism which Bush was actually going to translate into policy was the brainchild of one Marvin Olasky - a Communist ideologue turned Christian ideologue - who was influenced by Rushdooney's nightmarish theocratic movement Christian Reconstuctionism.
You know what might make a decent news story instead of 24/7 Wright watch? Maybe something about how McCain's proposed fiscal policy would bankrupt the U.S. goverment leaving it incapable of functioning without massive budget slashing ? Is maybe that something worth covering?
Not in in Bizarro America.
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