My column this morning takes aim at Fox News and the right-of-center press, which has become too self-reinforcing and too stale. But that’s not to dismiss the concerns of conservatives, who too often turn on CNN or CBS and find examples of liberal bias. Just because the right-wing media needs a reformation doesn’t mean the so-called mainstream media doesn’t need the same, and this week provides a perfect example of why.
Consider all that’s happened over the past seven days. Milwaukee has been blistered by riots. Louisiana has been deluged with floods. Obamacare continues to crumble as Aetna departs the exchanges. In the South China Sea, Chinese aggression has much of Asia on tenterhooks. In Syria and Iraq, civil wars against the Islamic State rage on.
Flip on CNN last night and there was a slim chance you’d hear about that. Far more likely was that you’d be subjected to another panting discussion about Donald Trump’s new hires and whether his campaign was ‘Finally Falling Apart for Real This Time’. The networks were lucky if they noticed the Obamacare exchanges crashing down behind them or the Chinese destroyers steaming towards them because there was a surrogate of a Trump surrogate who’d just said a three-word sentence and that merited coverage because THIS…IS CNN. That’s the first bias problem right there—towards the center-left, and also towards crap and hype.
The more glaring problem involves what Commodore Hope and Change has been up to. The Washington Examiner reports:
President Obama is golfing organic Wednesday, taking his clubs to one of the most exclusive venues in New England, and one famously known as the nation’s first “organic” course.
Obama, who has golfed several times during his annual summer vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, steered his motorcade to Vineyard Golf Club, where the initiation fee is $350,000 and annual dues $12,000 for the 305 members.
“Want to play here? Check the obits pages. There are currently no memberships available, but the club graciously provides a waiting listin case one of its members should experience a fatal accident or, worse, a bad run at the craps table,” said the media pool report on the president’s visit.
The obits pages in Louisiana are currently 13 names longer thanks to that aforementioned flooding, which Governor John Bel Edwards calls “unprecedented” and which has affected 40,000 homes. Obama has been briefed on the devastation in between trying to avoid the gluten-free sand traps and place his shots on the kale-infused green (seriously…an “organic” course?!), and the homeland security secretary is scheduled to visit Louisiana today.
But remember how George W. Bush was crucified for being slow to the uptake after Hurricane Katrina? Remember Ray Nagin’s tirades and “George Bush doesn’t care about black people”? At least Bush was purporting to do his job, not hitting the links with a crew of NBA stars for the twelfth day in a row. Yet there have been no comparable media fulminations against President Obama from the mainstream press; just pathetic slobbering from New York Magazine about how Obama is in “full vacation dad mode.” And word around town is that a secret outing is afoot! Quote:
There is no word on what went on at this so-called “social event,” but, if we had to guess, probably a little bit of the Cha-Cha Slide, a heart-to-heart with Malia Obama about how proud he is of her, and not one but two gin-and-tonics.
Ho ho! Reading that sentence made me want to have seven gin-and-tonics and it’s only 8:30 in the morning. This is why conservatives want to burn down the media. They’re not wrong to feel that way, no matter how bad Fox has gotten.