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Op-Ed: American mainstream media in the tank

Posted Sep 17, 2012 by Larry Clifton
The White House blames the current Middle East embassy crisis on an anti-Muslim film allegedly made by a faceless felon and a few cohorts. However, the White House needs help selling the Obama campaign’s story. From stage left, enters mainstream media.
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CNN's Anderson Cooper.
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What tens of millions of Americans refer to as mainstream (lamestream) media, the Big Three networks, CNN and the newspapers that shape news from New York Times editorials, are eagerly running positive, if not adoring stories about their candidate, Barack Obama, while slamming Mitt Romney at every turn.
Anyone who goes to the Google News website regularly, if being honest, knows it’s true, even though there are token exceptions to the rule.
Attempting to convince likely voters that the economy is in recovery and foreign affairs, like the economy, would be even worse if Mr. Obama wasn't elected, has cost the networks their credibility. They have lost all balance in that quest, but just can’t help themselves. Collectively, above all else, they are passionate, if unhinged, liberal Democratic Party supporters.
Diane Sawyer, George Stephanopoulos, Wolf Blitzer, Brian Williams, Scott Pelley – you name the mainstream anchor, and you just called out a gushing, supporter of Barack Obama and the Democratic Party he leads.
Same with the New York Times editors, or the Tampa Bay Times editorial staff, who are actually located 25 miles west of Tampa, in St. Petersburg, but I digress.
Here’s the problem with an unbalanced media. It seeks to control your politics, whether you agree or not. They use the airwaves, Internet and their massive printing presses to elect their political ilk.
A current example is mainstream media reporting on the anti-American sentiment in the Middle East and throughout many areas of the world under Mr. Obama’s watch.
The Obama administration provided the mainstream media with a template to follow. The attack a week ago on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was a "spontaneous" act.
The mainstream media immediately set up their stories behind closed doors in the offices of managing editors and broadcast producers. Within hours, Wolf, Brian Diane and other news readers are espousing Mr. Obama’s view; they no longer even bother to hide their bias.
So who would disagree with the mainstream media? Well, the Libyan president calls that idea "preposterous." But what could he know about it?
In two weekend interviews, Libyan President Mohammed el-Megarif joined other members of his government in declaring the attack a planned assault, possibly by an Al Qaeda-tied group.
"The idea that this criminal and cowardly act was a spontaneous protest that just spun out of control is completely unfounded and preposterous," Megarif told NPR.
One might think those words came from the U.S. president. But, no, here’s the president's take as relayed through U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice:
"The best information and the best assessment we have today is that this was not a pre-planned, pre-meditated attack," Rice told Fox News. "What happened initially was that it was a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired in Cairo as a consequence of the video.”
Rice continued: "What sparked the violence was a very hateful video on the Internet," she said on Fox News Sunday. "It was a reaction to a video that had nothing to do with the United States."
So what does the administration and its accomplices in the American mainstream media want voters to remember?
It’s not about the collective missteps in Barack Obama’s foreign policy. The unfolding Middle East crisis has nothing to do with Mr. Obama’s collective foreign policies; it’s not the president’s fault. Our embassies are burning as Arabs tear down American flags and stomp on them because a felon circulated a disgusting film called Innocence of Muslims on the Internet. That's the mainstream template as handed them by the White House.
Meanwhile, Republicans like Arizona Sen. John McCain, the ranking Republican on the Senate Committee on Armed Services, and Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers, House Intelligence Committee chairman, are out there talking about how the administration's foreign policy of "disengagement" in the Middle East “created the vacuum for the attacks.”
For his part, a Romney spokesman Ryan Williams said: "Today, the Obama administration found itself facing serious questions about its record of leadership in the world, America's waning influence abroad, and the failure of its outreach efforts in the Middle East and North Africa."
It’s time that Americans question the credibility of major American news outlets like ABC; NBC; CBS; MSNBC; CNN, and The New York Times, a media that does little more than hone and parrot Mr. Obama’s campaign talking points.