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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

'An international laughingstock'

Caroline Glick reflects on the real 'Obama effect,' a result of the American mainstream media's unwillingness to relate critically to the President:
In free societies, the media's primary responsibilities are to report current events to the public, place those events into an historical context to enable the public to understand how and why they occurred, and to present the public with the options for going forward. It is due to the media's historic role in maintaining and cultivating an informed discussion and debate about current affairs that they became known as democracy's watchdog. When media organs fail to fulfill their basic responsibilities, they degenerate quickly into democracy's undertaker. For an uninformed public is incapable of making the sorts of decisions required of free citizens.

Obama and his media flacks would have us believe that by speaking of American values and by distinguishing friend from foe, former president
George W. Bush raised the hackles of the world against America. Perhaps there is some truth to this assertion. Perhaps there isn't.

What they fail to consider is that by genuflecting to tyrants, Obama has made the US an international laughingstock. Far from sharing their adulation
of Obama and his cool demeanor, most of the nations of the world believe that the US has abandoned its leadership role. And unlike the US media, they realize that America has no understudy.

Unfortunately, unless the Obama effect wears off soon, by the time the American people become aware of this fact it may be too late to make a difference.
Read the whole thing. I'm still having trouble digesting the "ABC is going to broadcast from the White House" thing. Doesn't anyone get it?


At 3:32 PM, Blogger onlyajew said...

I get it-the whole group of them are in the bag for this guy-NBC got a 9 share for their day in teh white house so if ya cant beat em join em

At 6:14 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

But nobody can compete with the US media when it comes to broadcasting the president going out for ice cream.

At 7:42 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Its a departure from American norms when ABC decided to give over an entire hour to the White House to push its version of a health care plan without allowing the opposition the opportunity to present a rebuttal. That kind of one-sided propaganda is what you have in dictatorships. When the American press has become a fawning extension of its favored President, you know freedom has died in America.


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