In the old Dr. Faustus story, a young scholar bargains away his soul to the devil for promises of obtaining almost anything he wants. The American media has done much the same thing with the Obama administration. In return for empowering a fellow liberal, the press gave up its traditional adversarial relationship with the president. But after five years of basking in a shared progressive agenda, the tab for such ecstasy has come due, and now the media is lamenting that it has lost its soul. At first, the loss of independence seemed like a minor sacrifice.
Got "The Center Holds" out of our library, took one look and returned it-------the thesis is that Obama is STILL a success! Do NOT count on the Dems giving up (and stop making excuses) for this guy.......watched, for the H--- of it, Brian Williams interview the two First Ladies together on the job of being lst Lady---Laura bush got MAYBE two sentences and the rest was the glorious Michelle, fortunately NOT wearing the $1,245 dress she departed Air Force 1 from in Senegal.
The MSM is now just another tabloid singing the praises of celebrities; the only difference between their coverage of the Obama´s and the Kardashians is they created the Obama´s and reality TV created the Kardashian´s. I have never watched the latter and hit the remote everytime Obama gets up to read his teleprompter. He is a weak President and their slobbering coverage of him and his wife is disgusting and shows a weakness in them.
VDH of course is spot on and the Faust analogy is perfect, but the fact remains that the MSM is so heavily invested in Obama that they will never turn on him no matter what. Too much white guilt to ever tell the truth about a black president.
VDH did a particularly good job of reminding readers of the serial sins of this Administration and its leader.
Our poor media did not even get five years of adulation before Obama called in their souls.
Good line, but it still baffles me that the entire left wing MSM didn´t spot what a pathological liar he is when the rest of us saw it so clearly.
How he treated the people who trusted him and how they forgave him time after time reminds me of two things: Wives who won´t press charges against their battering husbands, and victims of the Stockholm Syndrome.
Still, it´s good to know that Faustus and the Press are on their way to at least a temporary, if not permanent separation. A divorce may be unrealistic at this point, but maybe when the Press can no longer lives with their tattered consciences, they will file.
The media have not changed under Obama. They just quit caring about being exposed. They have shown their open hostility toward conservatives and especially the Tea Party, who committed the mortal sin of rising up against Obama, Big Government, and ultimately the media themselves. They have ABCCBSNBCCNNMSNBC. We have FOX, Breitbart, Drudge, Lucianne and Ted Cruz. We can make our voices heard.
“Hello, he lied.” is the old joke that could’ve been inspired by first mulatto president Barack Hussein Obama. Concealing his past from Day One five years ago was all the evidence needed to demonstrate just how little he respects the word “truth,” much less the concept of it.
Each of BHO’s unbelievable (i.e. not to be believed) apologists and sycophants should’ve been hard-wired to their own polygraph (i.e. lie detector) machines throughout the extent of his administration. In so doing, something even vaguely resembling the truth might eventually have risen to the surface.
I honestly believe that the MSM no longer cares about being credible as long as the machinations to maintain a liberal agenda are kept in place. The analogy of Faust can only be applicable if the media do indeed pay a heavy price for their prostituting for the democrat party. Despite VDH´s assertion I am not convinced that the "debt" will ever be payed.
The brilliant VDH does it again! Fabulous column and a perfect comparison of what the press has done. Of course, they can never admit it, because if they do admit that they ignore the scandals of the people they like, we all know where that goes.
Back to another president they covered for, too. Questions like: “Why does Al Queda member and terrorist Jose Padilla look just like John Doe #2? Was Timothy McVeigh really working alone?” “What really happened at Waco?” “What about that guy Vince Foster?” “Was Bill Clinton really a rapist? Did other women accuse him of rape?” (The answer to that is ‘Yes,’ by the way.) “What was the deal with that Whitewater?” “What about….” Pick your scandals and you know what that means. It goes to their next choice to coronate for President and if they are stopped (as they must be) what will happen to Hillary?
If there’s no one to protect her from the real questions, she goes down….
They, not she, must be stopped. If they are stopped, this country can be saved. If not, I don’t hold out much hope. The press will destroy us all…along with themselves.
The press and the administration are united in their hate of us. They will stop at nothing until we are figuratively or literally dead. Nothing else matters. And if we don´t get a leader pretty soon, they will get their wish.
Sadler, I believe that world events will prove, even to the Lo-FOs that King Bozo and his Court are lying weasel socialists bent on enslaving the populace...and that the will of man to rebel against this will be clear...and we will have a war of good and evil....we know what side the Media is on because they have made their choice...stay tuned.
Face it. Conservatives are up against a hostile media and that won´t change anytime soon. They are bullies who never lose the appetite to try and take our lunch money. Until you step up and confront them, they will never change. They are products of the indoctrination divas in our high schools, colleges and universities. They openly harrass a student who espouses conservative ideas. The job as they see it is to rewrite history and make sure each of their students are well versed in the hate America, everything bad is our fault mentality. Until these folks are exposed and fired, young people will graduate these institutions ignorant of our history and hostile to the founders. Best thing a conservative can do for their children is send them to a school that teaches history and does not rewrite it with a progressive slant. Don´t put your money where their mouth is. What is the point in sending your children to an Ivy League school or even your alma mater when they come home believing the hyper progressive ideology they were spoon fed. Our kids are being indoctrinated from cradle to the grave through education, media, and entertainment. This has to stop.
The bulk of the media has been taken over, infiltrated, by liberals/progressives for the sole purpose of advancing their agenda. They are no longer a voice exposing tyranny in government that the Founders envisioned. They are the voice of propaganda for the power-hungry tyrants. Unfortunately our education system suffers from the same infiltration and, like the "green energy" industry, has become a place where huge amounts of taxpayer money goes to those who work to promote progressivism. We have lost this once-great nation, just as all of the great civilizations throughout history fell due to their own corruption and decadence.
I mourn for a lost America, trampled not only by the regime, but enabled by the corrupt press.
At one time it was hoped that the youth of the country would demand a life of freedom and liberty, but no more. If Leftism/Liberalism continues to dominate the culture, the youth of America will grow up as serfs. Pathetic that they have no clue what is in store for them.
The fact that so many of the lib media are in VERY serious financial trouble tells me that the tide is slowly turning. Think NYT, WaPo, Time, Newsweek, and many others. Thank you, Lucianne, The Corner, and others in the conservative New Media.
This relationship is not evolving, with the media seeing the light, it is as steadfast as ever. They will staunchly defend this Bozo against all and everything. When they can´t defend, they simply don´t report. Seems that´s the latest strategy.
Until business stops paying the msm for advertising, nothing will change. Money talks, even to liberals. Drop subscriptions, stop advertising, let remaining advertisers know that you won´t be buying their products, and keep supporting the fair and balanced media.
Nice article. But what do you expect from people who are writing the gardening news one day and politics the next? Journalists have no substantive knowledge unless they develop it independently or are trained by pol sci depts (e.g. George Will) rather than J-schools. J-schools acculturate them to be liberals and they go off on their merry little way. Hint: the vast majority have never heard of Dr. Faustus, Christopher Marlowe, Goethe, or Thomas Mann.
The problem is that if/when they sour on Bambi they will just move on to the next liberal of the hour. Communism has failed multiple times but it is always because they didn´t do it right or it was the wrong leader. The system is never blamed.
15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States. 17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers´ associations. Put the party line in textbooks. 20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policymaking positions. 21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures. 25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV. 26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural, healthy."
To remember a teacher in the 50´s that told her class," All socialist systems get to the point of the lowest common denominator and eventually require a slave labor force because somebody has to do the work"! The 50´s were a hole world away from now!
The problem with this essay is it makes him seem intelligent, quoting a number of "witty" rearks. Obama is not intelligent. Anything that comes out of his mouth and is even semi smart he reads from a script. Watch the debates again (if you´re into S&M) or just watch him without a teleprompter. The man is dumb.
The current media went whole hog for Obozo for two primary reasons. One, he is just as liberal (read communist) at they are and 2. he is black. That makes, it their eyes, a perfect match. And even though they have had a small burp at what has happened to AP, they are never going to go full force against Obozo like they did to Busch. They´ve made their bed and are determined to lie in it.
Obama is the first almost-black president and a far, far left liberal. He CAN NOT be allowed to fail no matter how incompetent he is. The press will carry his water and attempt to hide his many blunders until they all collapse, and collapse they will. These "news" organizations were in financial trouble before obama was elected. Their only hope in the world is some sort of stimulus bailout from the obama administration because they will never sell enough of their garbage to the general public again to be able to stay afloat.
JournoList must be overwhelmed in trying to intercept attack-obama articles these days because the attacks are coming nonstop from all directions. The MSM will die embarrassed and broke.
Why not punish the media and their allies for their propaganda offensive, and their offensive propaganda? Do not watch their TV networks. Do not buy their newspapers or magazines. Do not watch their movies, or buy their music. Do not visit their websites: instead, visit websites or subscribe to publications that will reprint, review or discuss the more asinine outgivings of the liberal information hegemony.
Bravo, #27! I am not alone. I´ve been posting similar ideas for very long time. Yes, commies/fascists were infiltrating our media, education, entertainment, and (very important!) bureaucracy for many years. They learned from indisputable sources, like lenin/hitler/stalin/mao! Unfortunately, repubics watched this and didn´t fight back. And, sorry, I expect from VDH much more when analyzing the current situation. I usually comment: less philosophy, more simple common sense.
Double Bravo #27 Chicoden, and #35 Lencu !!! We are all on the same anti Communist page. And it IS all about Communism. First, go to Mark Skousen´s THE NAKED COMMUNIST, and look at his list of 50 signs of Communism, several recited above, thank you. It´s on Wikipedia, easy to find, print and send out. The ultimate rule of Communist infiltration, is Stealth. The Rule of Silence is what we suffer. A few months ago, Allen West announced there were sometning like 80 Communists in Congress. The MSM TV commies ignored it. No news. But here is the big one, Hollywood, communist filled Hollywood is the easiest one to bust. In over sixty years, Hollywood´s controllers have not allowed ONE single film to be made on the ruthless rule of Stalinist Soviet prison slavery. Not one single film, while at the same time, making HUNDREDS of Nazi German films, hundreds of anti Hitler films. What´s worse, nothing about Hitler being a damned socialist first! All that filmogoers are permitted to learn about is that Nazi Germans were brutal anti semitic kilers. Nothing about Germany´s dictatorial socialist structure that mirrored Stalin and his socialist USSR communist structure. It´s wake up time. Now we have to recognize the political Islamist killers, too, also being sliently protected by Nobama and his collectivist mistress, Diane Sawyers.
Excellent article! Thanks for posting. I, too, join the skeptics that the MSM will show any remorse or regret. They are too tied up in the Obama Fantasy to break loose - and they are too proud and image-conscious to say they were wrong, let alone devastatingly wrong.
The MSM has been run by Mafia-like animals since before Bill Klintoon was pResident. I still remember Bill Klintoon bragging that "We own the media". I trust the MSM as much as I would trust the Mafia. They are wise guys, animals, who would just as soon knife somebody in the back as look at them. They have zero morals just like their leader, Obama.
Our media is owned by 70+ rich New York families who supported Bolshevism for the last one hundred years. Like Faust they have sold their souls to the devil. They hate America. in 1917, they send Leon Trotsky (Lev Davidovich Bronstein) to Russia in a boat from New York with millions in gold bars to fan the Bolshevik Revolution. They are still fighting the Imperial Russian Czars and they hate Richard Nixon for exposing Alger Hiss as a GRU spy. They have said that Barry "is the one we have been waiting" to impose a Leninist Social Justice system.
The Socialist/Marxist Internationale seeks to eliminate private property (now through the redistribution of wealth to the non-working classes), destroy the family ( now through the promotion of homosexuality), and religion. The most efficient way to achieve this is through the mass media, and Commies have known it for 100 years. Baracka Hussein Obama is a dream come true for them. A president of the USA that was raised a Muslim and a Communist and will have no qualms in sowing our destruction.
Unfortunately the media hates right wing Christian Americans more than life. As a matter of fact all of the left hates the same thing and will do everything to keep any person who believes from ever being in power. Folks, this is about more than Obama.
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