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Mainstream Media Showing Signs of Guilt with its Obama Bias

Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 12, 2013

Since Barack Obama rose to prominence, even before his first election to the White House, the mainstream media has fawned over him.  This went beyond the media’s typical Leftist bias and became a love affair that led to it totally abdicating its responsibility to supply the news.  There are signs beginning to show that some in media are looking in the mirror and not liking what they see.

A good case in point is Benghazigate.  It was apparent since shortly after the tragedy that led to the deaths of four Americans including our Libyan Ambassador on 9/11 2012 that the Obama Administration was being dishonest with the American people.  Immediately after the attack the President blamed it on an innocuous anti-Muslim video, even though the intelligence community concluded that this was an act of planned terrorism.  Incredibly, the Administration stuck to the false video story for nearly two weeks, including President Obama’s disingenuous speech at the United Nations.

With the exception of Fox News and a few other outlets, the Benghazi story received little attention from the mainstream media.  This was as the President expected.  However, because of cable news and the Internet the story would not go away.  The lies and cover-up became so apparent that the mainstream media finally feels an obligation to dig into the story.

Last week ABC News became aggressive on the Benghazi matter.  It released a story indicating that the infamous talking points that UN Ambassador Susan Rice and others used to falsely blame the video were modified 12 times before being released.  Significant changes were made including removing all references to Al Qaeda and its affiliated groups. ABC reported that these changes frustrated then CIA Director David Petraeus.

At an unusually contentious news briefing, ABC’s Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl when after Press Secretary Jay Carney who in last November indicated that the only changes made was a “single adjustment” and further stated, “those talking points originated from the intelligence community.   They reflect the IC’s best assessments of what they thought had happened.  The White House and the State Department have made clear that the single adjustment that was made to those talking points by either of those two institutions were changing the word ‘consulate’ to ‘diplomatic facility’ because ‘consulate’ was inaccurate.”

Even though Karl caught Carney in an outright lie, the Press Secretary refused to back down.  ABC’s Karl and others in the press now find themselves in a difficult predicament.  Do they continue to allow the Administration to play them for fools or do they revert back to an independent press?  The right decision will require deep reflections by a press that abdicated its responsibilities for so long.

One well-known member of the mainstream media, CBS’s Scott Pelley, showed signs of reflection as he accepted the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award.  His candid comments seen in the video below include:

Our house is on fire. Capitalize it.  We didn’t build this house, it was built by Fred Friendly  …….  who built this magnificent mansion that we call American journalism, but today right now as we occupied his house that was built for us, our house is on fireThese have been a bad few months for journalism.  We’re getting the big stories wrong, over and over again.  Let me take the first arrow.  During our coverage of Newtown I sat on my set and I reported that Nancy Lanza was a teacher at the school and that her son had attacked her classroom.  It was a hell of a story, but it was dead wrong.”  (Starts 14 minutes into the video.)

“Let me explain why I think this is happening right now then perhaps it has in the past.  Never before in human history has more information than available to more people.  But at the same time, never before in human history has bad information than available to more people.  Boston was a low point for many people.  Our nation was attacked by terrorists.  I cannot think of a time when the public we serve the needs accurate and timely information more than in those moments when our country is under attack.  So we were attacked by terrorists on that day and amateur journalist became digital vigilantes. Innocent people were marked the suspects.  …. That fire that started on the Internet spread to our more established newsrooms as well.  …… We have entered a time when a writer’s first idea is his best idea.”

“Here’s what the President said in Boston.  ‘In this age of instant reporting, tweets and blogs there’s a temptation to latch onto any bit of information, sometimes jump to conclusions, but when a tragedy like this happens with public safety at risk and the stakes so high, it’s important that we do this right.’  The President of United States and the FBI were telling us what our bedrock principles should be.  Aren’t we supposed to be watching them?

This last quote by Pelley include the most important seven words of his speech.  “Aren’t we supposed to be watching them?”.  Yes Mr. Pelley, press is supposed to be watching the politicians in Washington including the President.  Missing from your comments is how and why this dangerous situation has occurred.  You seem not yet willing to admit the bias and personal agendas that have infected your profession.  It’s time for real candor.  It’s time to clean out the swamp that is your profession.

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