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Daily Archives: January 28, 2013, 9:56 pm

A Leader Singles Out his Enemies in the Press

Did you hear? Hugo Chavez leapt up out of his cancer bed and attacked two Venezuelan media outlets by name, hoping to get them to take a more pro-Chavez line.

Terrible that Venezuela has become such a place – its leader working to chill free expression in order to advance his agenda.


I’d say we’ve finally come to this, but of course Obama and his White House have pulled this stuff before.

But here’s the latest, from Obama’s interview with two lackeys – one of whom actually worked on his campaign in 2008 and donated money to him since – from the New Republic.

Obama said:

One of the biggest factors is going to be how the media shapes debates. If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you’ll see more of them doing it.

Does Obama stop and think even for a second about the ramifications of what he’s doing? Whether it’s appropriate for someone as powerful has he to be bullying specific members of the press?

Free speech guarantees freedom and all those values of the Founders Obama promoted in his Inaugural address. But Obama thinks his myopic little agenda is more important than such timeless principles. That he is grander than freedom of the press. And that whatever he needs to do to achieve his goals is worth it.

Not only did Obama attack Fox News and Rush Limbaugh, he offered up some advice to mainstream journalists. In a word – shed your objectivity and come join me:

There’s no equivalence there. In fact, that’s one of the biggest problems we’ve got in how folks report about Washington right now, because I think journalists rightly value the appearance of impartiality and objectivity. And so the default position for reporting is to say, “A plague on both their houses.” On almost every issue, it’s, “Well, Democrats and Republicans can’t agree”—as opposed to looking at why is it that they can’t agree. Who exactly is preventing us from agreeing?

Obama thinks that because ideas are his, they are objectively true, and therefore objective journalists will come to the same conclusion.

WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT IS KNOWN AS SUBJECTIVITY. Because he’s so convinced of his incontestable rightness, Obama doesn’t even understand that he’s asking reporters to be liberals. He thinks he’s asking them to be objective.

I know it’s difficult for people who are sure they are right about things to live in a democracy and have to tolerate FREE SPEECH that injures their cause. Obama is accusing Limbaugh and Fox News of wrecking the democratic process by actually influencing Republicans with their speech.

But, Mr. President, this is exactly how the democratic process is supposed to work. The democratic process is not about getting results. It’s about having an argument, and then getting results if you can.

Sorry, I know that’s hard work. But that’s the way we do it here. It’s a little different than Venezuela.

Obama and Hillary Pal Around on 60 Minutes

Secretary of State Clinton and President Obama made an unusual appearance together on 60 Minutes last night. Below is an excerpt.

This can’t sit well with Vice President Biden, who is putting out word that he is “intoxicated” by the thought of running for president. If Biden wasn’t vice president, people would be reading this appearance as a clear endorsement by Obama of Hillary 2016.

And here she is, standing by her other man. What happened to the Southern accent?

Obama’s Frightening New Effort to Demonize the GOP

Most people ignored it, but there was a rather frightening moment in President Obama’s inaugural address.

Obama called his opponents “absolutists,” a term that has since been repeated by his press secretary. It is unbelievable, and unacceptable, in a democracy for the leader to try to delegitimize his democratically elected opposition in this way.

This is the subject of an article I have running today in Politico. From the piece:

Once the president’s opponents have been defined in the American mind as despotically inclined, unsusceptible to reason, and unwilling to play by the normal rules of politics, it is only natural that extreme measures are permitted in response . . .

Once it has de-legitimized the opposition, the White House can claim it is left with no choice but to accelerate and expand its use of executive power. What else can they do, the president and his operatives will argue, when faced with the insanity of the Republicans?

I hope you have a chance to take a look.

The Obama Morning News || January 28, 2013

Senators unveil bipartisan immigration bill . . . New York Times
GOP bristles at Obama’s appointments . . . Wall Street Journal
Sandy relief bill eats up taxes on the rich . . . Washington Times
Court ruling puts presidential power at risk . . . Washington Times
The terrifying mindset of Secretary Clinton . . . Joseph Curl
Pentagon to give major boost to cybersecurity . . . Washington Post
Obama may terminate jobs council . . . The Hill
Obama worried media not liberal enough . . . Jazz Shaw
Obama interview with New Republic . . . Franklin Foer, Chris Hughes