Before the 2012 election, we are going to be inundated with hot off the presses, “insider” books about Obama and the bang up job his first term has been for America and all by obvious liberal journalists. Check out the names and the credentials:
The list of authors, first published in Politico and much discussed across the blogosphere, includes such bold-face names as David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker magazine; Bob Woodward, the famed Washington Post reporter and chronicler of presidential administrations; Jonathan Alter of Newsweek magazine; Jodi Kantor of the New York Times, and Chuck Todd, NBC News White House correspondent.
The aim of the Obama administration is to get out positive real time books by – in the words of Tucker Carlson – “throne sniffing” reporters that paint a picture of a great president who has a great vision for shaping the American future and all right before the next election. Why else are these Obama goons allowing “unprecedented” access to the halls and offices of the West Wing?
But these “journalists” are perverting their own ethics to get the story and make a lot of money:
At least one of the authors on the current list, speaking on background in order to protect his continuing access to officials inside the Obama White House told Fox News he occasionally withholds information from his deadline reporting, to use it instead in his book.
“Withholding information” from the American public in order to enhance their own books and wallets. How do they reconcile their own ethics with this? How do they call themselves journalists under these circumstances?
These are not journalists. They are willing useful idiots to the Obama strategy for re-election.
Every candidate writes a book prior to running for election. Mitt’s book was just published, Obama had 2 (neither written by him, but presented as though they were. This guy didn’t even write when he was editor of the Harvard Law Review or whatever it was he was editor of.) But as a sitting president running for re-election, Obama can’t write another book. He will, however, have close to a dozen glowing books out there by these dopey reporters and editors that will further his career without putting a dime in their pockets.
But it’s a win-win for them and a loss for us. The reporter/authors will make a nice wad of cash and prestige (among their peers, that is) and the president gets re-elected with lots of free positive, albeit slanted, books. The loss to us is obvious.
I’ll leave the debating up to the “real” journalists as to whether Giles and O’Keefe are “real” journalists: those guys who sat on their hands and did nothing while everyday a new video was released; those guys who tried to turn a blind eye to the ingenious work of 2 kids who blew the top off of arguably the most corrupt organization in the country. Now those “real” journalists are suffering bruised egos and bloodied reputations. If the public didn’t respect them before, their opinions of reporters now are in the dumper.
It’s ludicrous to be denouncing these 2 young people for doing the job that so-called professionals should have been doing all along and worse yet, when the videos started trickling out, they still did nothing. Now they want to jump up and complain that “hey, they aren’t in our league!” With that I have to agree. Indeed, Giles and O’Keefe aren’t in those “professional journalist’s” league. They are in a league of their own, far surpassing anything that the pros are doing or should have been doing.
What those 2 kids did was show deep respect and regard for the First Amendment and shine a spotlight on a far-reaching abuse of power that the “real” press has been desperately trying to ignore. The last thing the press wants to do is make the president look bad and they will protect him even to the tune of billions of tax dollars being thrown in the ACORN treasure chest and worse, the (thankfully hypothetical) trafficking in child sexual abuse and slavery.
So, the press can debate their legitimacy and criticize and demean these 2 young adults but the bulk of the American people owe them a debt of gratitude and a great deal of respect: something the press will continue to be without.