As the bad economic news continues to emanate from the United States — with a double-dip recession now all but certain — a reckoning is overdue. American journalism will have to look back at the period starting with Barrack(sic) Obama’s rise, his assumption of the presidency and his conduct in it to the present, and ask itself how it came to cast aside so many of its vital functions. In the main, the establishment American media abandoned its critical faculties during the Obama campaign — and it hasn’t reclaimed them since. . . . As a result, the press gave the great American republic an untried, unknown and, it is becoming more and more frighteningly clear, incompetent figure as President. . . . To the degree the press neglected its function as watchdog and turned cupbearer to a styrofoam demigod, it is a partner in the flaws and failures of what is turning out to be one of the most miserable performances in the modern history of the American presidency."Cupbearer to a styrofoam demigod." Elegant.
But I'm not so sure that the "establishment American media" or, as I like to call them, "shameless whores", are going to get very reflective about their lead part in the long national nightmare that is the Obama presidency. Notice, for instance, how "unexpected" every piece of Obama-Caused Economic Disaster news is these days; or the ongoing campaign to destroy Obama's critics both inside (House Rethuglicans!) and outside (Tea Baggers!) the government.
After all, as Glenn Reynolds points out, they haven't even taken responsibility, let alone shown any inclination towards atonement, for their role in covering up the John Edwards fiasco. But Bill Quick (HT Instapundit) doesn't accept Murphy's premise that the American media “neglected its functions as watchdog.”
It performed to perfection what it truly believes its function is: to help shape history, politics, and culture in ways it finds congenial. Early on, the press made a collective decision that helping to effect the election of Barack Obama would admirably fulfill that function, and so it did everything in its power to help him defeat, first, Hillary Clinton, and next, John McCain. There was no failure here. There was instead complete success at fulfilling their intentions.Silly Rex Murphy - naively believing that his American counterparts are honest like him. They most certainly are not. He is correct, however, in his conclusion: the media are no longer able to protect their styrofoam demigod; time and events eventually bring down frauds like Obama and his media sycophants, and they are all going down together.
It's going to be great.