Journalist Bernie Goldberg, a newsman with CBS for 28 years, wrote a book that best describes the Obama administrations treatment by the main stream media. The title, “A Slobbering Love Affair,” describes how the media has fawned over President Obama.
An excerpt from the book jacket best describes it:
“From the day Barack Obama announced his candidacy to the moment he took the oath of office, the mainstream media fawned over him like love-struck school girls. Even worse, this time they went beyond media bias to media activism.”
But this week saw a chink in that journalistic love affair as one scandal after another descended upon the White House. There was no place for the media to run, no place to hide, as facts behind these scandals descended upon them…..They had to start looking into the swamp that was enveloping the White House and they didn’t like what they found.
For eight months, the main stream media pretty much ignored the attack on our Benghazi consulate and basically reported the “facts” about the travesty as conveyed to them by White House press spokesman, Jay Carney and UN Ambassador Susan Rice.
But explosive testimony from eyewitnesses last week in front of Congress, as well as revelations of previously undisclosed emails, show that Carney was brazenly lying through his teeth about material facts relating to the attack. See: Jay Carney Benghazi untruths. It also revealed what Ambassador Susan Rice told the American public was a compete falsehood. See Rice loses credibility.
The media got a huge slap in the face with these revelations and started to report on the many unanswered questions still remaining on this unfolding Benghazi scandal.
But to add insult to injury, three other scandals were revealed to the media that cut to their heart.
It was revealed the Justice Dept had been looking at the phone records of many Associated Press reporters and even had seized records from the Congressional cloakroom. This gives the Justice Dept. access to journalist’s source of information inside the Congress and elsewhere and has a chilling effect on the right of a free press. Anyone that was giving the Associated Press inside information on the Obama administrations malfeasance by phone has now been outed.
When Attorney General Holder was asked about this huge violation of the 1st Amendment, he did his usual bob and weave and said “I know nothing of the facts” and he had “recused” himself from the case. Although, he doesn’t recall exactly when he did “recuse” and there is no paper evidence of it. See Holder denies knowledge in AP scandal.
At about the same time another bombshell of scandal erupted on the White House steps when it was revealed the IRS had been specifically targeting right leaning organizations and donors, probably one of the worst abuses a government can do to its citizens. Of course when President Obama was asked directly about his knowledge of this scandal his answer was, he learned about it in the news. See Obama answer to IRS abuse in the article in PJ Media.
But facts are starting to add up that the White House knew long ago about this IRS targeting of conservatives, possibly as far back as 2010.
But even more abuse of power by the administration was revealed this week, which should have made headline news, but was suppressed by other emerging scandals. In the House Wednesday the Environmental Protection Agency, was accused of exempting left-leaning political groups and green energy producers from various fees and fines that it routinely assesses to right-learning groups.
According to Congressman Whitfield who chairs the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Energy & Power,: “The EPA has a pattern of conduct in which this administration rewards its friends and punishes its opponents.” See the excellent story on this in The Hill.
There is much more emerging almost on a daily basis that points to an administration that holds itself above the very law it has sworn to uphold. It is also evident that it is used to getting away with it because a systematic lack of journalistic curiosity by the media has allowed them to. A lazy media who found it easier to accept at face value the explanation of the White House talking points, rather than digging in to fact check.
If they had bothered to pay attention, many of these scandals were already simmering, just waiting to bubble to the surface if a curious reporter had bothered to check.
Perhaps these and other unfolding scandals will finally wake up the main stream press.