The lap­dog me­dia has lost all cred­i­bil­ity

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary -

You can bet that if Ge­orge Bush were pres­i­dent, the me­dia would be out for blood. You would have to be deaf, dumb and blind to not no­tice that gas is four smack­ers a gal­lon, real un­em­ploy­ment is still above 10 per­cent, Amer­ica is tril­lions in debt with no end to an­nual tril­lion-dol­lar deficits in sight, we are still in two wars and itch­ing for an­other one in Libya, China is poised to eclipse our econ­omy in just a cou­ple of years, and 25 per­cent of our kids do not grad­u­ate from high school.

Pres­i­dent Obama is not blamed for any of this by his lap­dog me­dia. Giv­ing Mr. Obama a pass on these and other is­sues is proof pos­i­tive the pres­i­dent is the me­dia dar­ling.

It wouldn’t be the same if Mr. Bush were pres­i­dent. In fact, as you will re­call, the me­dia re­lent­lessly ham­mered Mr. Bush on the hous­ing col­lapse, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, etc. The me­dia hated Mr. Bush, and he was hardly a hard­core con­ser­va­tive.

The me­dia de­spise any­thing that smells of con­ser­vatism. Such is the rea­son­ing they have in­sin­u­ated the Tea Party is full of ig­no­rant racists, con­ser­va­tives don’t care about the el­derly and that en­ergy com­pa­nies rape the en­vi­ron­ment for profit. The list goes on and on.

All of this hypocrisy and lib­eral slant to re­port­ing have led to the ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans not trust­ing the me­dia to re­port ob­jec­tive facts. Me­dia spin has re­placed truth.

Even with all the me­dia spin de­signed to prop up our rookie pres­i­dent, his poll num­bers con­tinue to slide south. The Amer­i­can peo­ple know a sham when they see one.

In­ter­est­ingly, along with the pres­i­dent’s, the me­dia’s poll num­bers also con­tinue to slide to the south. Corol­lary or co­in­ci­dence?

It’s laugh­able how the Obama lap­dog me­dia are al­ready dis­cussing that the GOP has no front-run­ner in the 2012 pres­i­den­tial race even though the elec­tion is more than 18 months away. The pur­pose of this spin, of course, is to try to con­vince Amer­i­cans that the GOP is rud- der­less and that the coun­try will be bet­ter off with Mr. Obama for four more years. There is no blar­ing trum­pet from the me­dia that Mr. Obama may pos­si­bly be in way over his head, that elect­ing him in 2008 with such a thin re­sume was a mis­take and that the dam­age his so­cial­ist poli­cies could do to the nation over the next four years could be cat­a­strophic and ir­re­versible.

The real dam­age is what the me­dia have done to them­selves. De­scribed as the Fourth Es­tate to put a blaz­ing spot­light on our gov­ern­ment, our news me­dia have com­pro­mised their role and, there­fore, their cred­i­bil­ity. Me­dia with­out cred­i­bil­ity are use­less and ir­rel­e­vant.

Hardly any­one watches the na­tional nightly news, and sub­scribers to big­time lib­eral news­pa­pers are shrink­ing dra­mat­i­cally. Granted, the new dig­i­tal me­dia have made a tremen­dous im­pact on how Amer­i­cans get and con­sume their news, but a lib­eral bias has not done the me­dia any fa­vors. The truth is, the nightly news and the lib­eral rags are go­ing the way of the dodo bird.

Make no mis­take, Pres­i­dent Obama is get­ting a pass from the me­dia be­cause most of those in the dom­i­nant me­dia are hard­core lib­er­als. Most Amer­i­cans are not.

The Amer­i­can pub­lic is not nearly as naive or eas­ily ma­nip­u­lated as what the lib­eral re­porters in the news­room be­lieve. Thanks to the new me­dia and cable news gi­ant Fox News, there is now competition for view­ers and read­ers, and the be­liev­abil­ity fac­tor at Fox is kick­ing ma­jor butt. The spin does in­deed stop here, and I like it.

Ted Nu­gent is an Amer­i­can rock ’n’ roll, sport­ing and po­lit­i­cal ac­tivist icon. He is the au­thor of “Ted, White and Blue: The “Nu­gent Man­i­festo” and “God, Guns & Rock ’N’ Roll” (Reg­n­ery Pub­lish­ing).

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