The Chinese came up with a curse: “May you live in interesting times.” The subtle idea was, if things were going well, if there was peace, times would be nice and boring. The worse things got, however, the more “interesting” they would be.
Which is why things are so damn interesting in our country and in our world now, thanks to the worst president in American history.
It’s just an amazing thing to be alive today, no two ways about it.
[M]edia bias seems an obvious and inevitable phenomenon; serious analyses of media bias date back as far as the Lincoln-Douglas days over 150 years ago. But honest and objective analyses clearly indicate that such bias has only worsened.
During President Obama’s 2008 campaign, the overwhelming majority of news media was clearly and unabashedly behind the campaign of hope and change. Time‘s Mark Halperin called it “the most disgusting failure of people in our business since the Iraq War. It was extreme bias, extreme pro-Obama coverage.” Los Angeles Times writer Mark Barabak expressed similar sentiments: “I think it’s incumbent upon people in our business to make sure that we’re being fair. The daily output was the most disparate of any campaign I’ve ever covered, by far.”
Their statements were not only backed by traditional analyses of media coverage, but also by a more revealing statistic: the Democratic Party received a total donation of $1,020,816 from 1,160 employees of the three major broadcast television networks in 2008, while the Republican Party received only $142,863 from 193 donors.
After such blatant and self-admitted media bias in 2008, we might have expected this year’s election coverage to become far more balanced. Instead, news organizations remained blatantly in the bag for the president and his Democratic allies.
The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism recently released its report on the 2012 election, and the numbers are clearer than ever. While Governor Romney and President Obama received approximately the same amount of coverage, the type and character of coverage provided were much different. In evening network news, for example, narratives of President Obama remained approximately balanced, while the negative exceeded the positive by 17 percentage points for Governor Romney. Coverage of Romney was also twice as negative as that of President Obama (23 percent versus 11 percent).
Of course, the go-to scapegoat for liberal critics will be the conservative-leaning Fox News Channel. There is no question that Fox News exhibited a right-leaning bias in its coverage: fully 46 percent of news coverage for the president was negative. However, not only was Fox News essentially the only media organization to not have a leftward skew, the bias in its coverage also paled in comparison to that of MSNBC, where coverage of Romney was 71 percent negative (over one and half times more negative than Fox coverage of President Obama). And perhaps the most telling statistic is from the final week, when MSNBC ran no negative coverage of President Obama and no positive coverage of Governor Romney, the most absolute bias of any of the cable news channels.
Even network television (ABC, CBS, NBC) exhibited an apparent bias for President Obama. While Romney received a roughly even amount of positive and negative coverage during the day, evening coverage (when the majority of viewers tune in to network news) saw a stark change, giving a positive three percent boost to President Obama while Romney received two-to-one negative coverage.
– now demanding that the press does to the other party’s guy what they never ONCE did when he was running???
Then you consider Obama’s unrelenting WAR on a fair and balanced press that had access and the ability to provide impartial coverage, and you just start BARFING.
The leftist website democracynow.org has an article titled, “Barack Obama: The Least Transparent President in History.” Here’s how it begins:
“My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government.” So wrote President Barack Obama, back on Jan. 29, 2009, just days into his presidency. “Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.” Now, six years into the Obama administration, his promise of “a new era of open Government” seems just another grand promise, cynically broken.
As the news industry observed its annual “Sunshine Week” in mid-March, The Associated Press reported that “[m]ore often than ever, the administration censored government files or outright denied access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act [FOIA].” The AP report continued, “The government’s efforts to be more open about its activities last year were their worst since President Barack Obama took office.”
And on that topic that Obama is THE most fascist and anti-transparent and anti-press president in all of American history both the left and the right agree upon, given the Wall Street Journal’s piece titled, “The Least Transparent Administration: How Team Obama stymies freedom of information requests.”
How about the Associated Press? What do THEY say about Obama? The AP published the damning results of its new analysis using federal data that finds the Obama administration not just to have failed to be “the most transparent administration in history,” but to in fact be less transparent than any recent administration. Data from the last two years also shows despite the repeated complaints from journalists and news outlets, the administration “has made few meaningful improvements” to its opaque M.O
So it is absolutely astounding that this despicable, vile roach-in-chief would come out and blast the media and blast Donald Trump benefitting in any way, any shape or any form from that media.
And yet that is precisely what the most pathologically dishonest and hypocritical human being in the entire history of the human race did:
WASHINGTON — President Obama delivered a forceful critique on Monday of politicians and the journalists who cover them, lamenting the circuslike atmosphere of the presidential campaign and declaring, “A job well done is about more than just handing someone a microphone.”
Speaking at a journalism prize ceremony in honor of Robin Toner, a longtime political reporter for The New York Times who died in 2008, Mr. Obama said the 2016 campaign had become “entirely untethered to reason and facts and analysis,” a coarse spectacle that he said was tarnishing the “American brand” around the world.
“I was going to call it a carnival atmosphere,” the president said, “but that implies fun.”
“The No. 1 question I’m getting as I travel around the world or talk to world leaders right now is, ‘What is happening in America about our politics?’ ” Mr. Obama continued. “They care about America, the most powerful nation on earth, functioning effectively and its government being able to make sound decisions.”
Mr. Obama’s references to Donald J. Trump, the New York real estate developer turned Republican front-runner, were unmistakable in his criticism of “divisive and often vulgar rhetoric,” frequently aimed at women and at ethnic and racial minorities. But he also turned his fire on the news media, saying it had given an uncritical platform to those pronouncements, in part because of relentless economic pressures that have changed the way news organizations operate.
The president suggested that the news media had not done enough to question the promises made by politicians — an apparent reference not only to Mr. Trump, but also to Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the independent who is challenging Hillary Clinton, Mr. Obama’s former secretary of state, for the Democratic nomination. Mr. Sanders has promised free public college education and national health care coverage, ambitious social programs that critics say could never be enacted.
The president denounced what he called the practice of drawing “false equivalences” between competing claims made by politicians. “If I say the world is round and someone else says it’s flat, that’s worth reporting,” Mr. Obama said. “But you might also want to report on a bunch of scientific evidence that seems to support the notion that the world is round.”
You mean like YOU did with all your false ObamaCare promises, just for one example? Politifact called it “the LIE of the YEAR,” and there are at LEAST 37 instances in which Obama repeated that lie over and over and over and over again.
In the latest report to undercut President Obama’s “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it” promise, the Congressional Budget Office projects millions of workers will leave employer-sponsored health plans over the next decade because of ObamaCare.
Some will opt to go on Medicaid, but others will be kicked off their company plans by employers who decide not to offer coverage anymore, according to a new CBO report titled, “Federal Subsidies for Health Insurance Coverage for People Under Age 65: 2016 to 2026.”
“As a result of the ACA, between 4 million and 9 million fewer people are projected to have employment-based coverage each year from 2017 through 2026 than would have had such coverage if the ACA had never been enacted,” the report, released Thursday, said
People aren’t even bothering to go into the ObamaCare exhanges; there is a giant surge of people pouring into Medicaid way, WAY beyond what Obama or any of his liars told us would happen which is massively increasing the cost. That is OVERWHELMING an already tottering system.
In fact, try this title on for size: “Ninety-Seven Percent of Obamacare “Newly Insured” Medicaid Expansion Patients.”
FactCheck.org has routinely questioned the “nine million” number, pointing out that while around two million may have elected to pursue an application through a state or Federal marketplace, a large majority of the newly insured were likely adults and children eligible for the expanded medicare benefits, or young, uninsured individuals now eligible to stay on a parent’s plan until they turned 26 – hardly “new” insurance applicants. According to newly released research from the Heritage Foundation, however, it looks as though an even greater percentage – 97% – of the “newly-insured” are those who benefited from Obamacare’s massive Medicaid expansion.
We were told that 48 million Americans lacked affordable health insurance and something had to be done, but even five years after the passage of Obamacare, 33 million Americans are still uninsured.
If you dig deeper into the actual numbers and realize what really happened with those 9 million “newly insured”, there’s little reason to cheer.
The number of Americans with health insurance increased by 9.25 million in 2014, the first year that two key provisions of Obamacare took place: the subsidies for coverage purchased through the exchanges and Medicaid expansion. And according to recent research by The Heritage Foundation, out of that 9.25 million, “the vast majority of the increase was the result of 8.99 million individuals being added to the Medicaid rolls.”
In other words, over 97 percent of last year’s newly insured Americans were from Medicaid expansion.
Medicaid is designed to assist people who lack the capacity to work, thus making them unable to access employer-provided insurance options, and those who are too poor to afford individual private health care plans. The Obamacare program, however, has expanded those parameters to include the young, the able bodied, and those who are capable of working but choose not to, exploding Medicaid’s ranks and taxing (pun intended) an already at-risk program running straight into bankruptcy. As Kristina Ribali of Uncover Obamacare points out, each dollar spent on those Medicare isn’t designed to serve is a dollar taken away from those who Medicare was designed to help: the truly poor and needy.
Of course, a Medicare expansion isn’t anywhere near ideal – in any way – but it’s interesting that the Obamacare program can, essentially, count as it’s only success a Medicare expansion, something that could have been accomplished without passing a multiple-thousand-page Federal law that has had such a disastrous impact on the way health insurance functions in America. According to the Heritage report, even the parts of the ACA that were supposed to help those in need have failed: while Obamacare counts 4.79 million new enrollments, the same program forced 4.53 million people off their employer-provided insurance, meaning a whopping net 260,000 people were actually served by Obamacare.
I can do all the same things on the subject of illegal immigration, where Obama is not merely a proven, vastly-documented liar without shame, honor or decency, but a facist roach according to his own statements in which he said he’d basically be a Nazi to do what he then turned around and did.
And here we have Obama – our Roach-in-Chief Par Excellence – at it again as he cynically uses federal tax dollars to weaponize non-citizens into voters to use against the American people.
Put those two things together: remember how a Republican congressman was vilified by Obama who postured like a martyr and by the most dishonest media machine since Goebbels when he shouted, “You lie!” at Obama during a State of the Union speech?
I pointed out who was telling the truth and who was lying at the time:
And so with that history in mind let’s look at a few article titles and see WHO WAS LYING LIKE HELL:
There is a world where Joe Wilson is smiling and every single Democrat is screaming in the agony of eternal hell fire. Fortunately that world is coming. Because everybody who cares one flying DAMN about the truth knew where this vile ObamaCare law was going. And Democrats lied about it like the future citizens of hell that they truly are.
So it shouldn’t be a surprise that even Politico – which was one of those propaganda mills for Obama when he was running in 2007-2008 – broke with this fascist lying weasel and said things like this:
- “The last person in the world who should be lecturing journalists on how to do journalism is President Barack Obama. Yet there Obama was last night at a journalism award ceremony, yodeling banalities about the role of a press in a free society, moaning over the dangers posed by “he said/she said” reporting, and—to the delight of the assembled audience—attacking Donald Trump in every way but name. The press-heavy crowd, convened by Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications to give the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting to Alec MacGillis, clapped at Obama’s 30-minute address, encouraging his best Trump-baiting lines about “free media” and the dangers of “false equivalence.”What they should have done is bombard Obama with rotten fruit or ripped him with raspberries for his hypocrisy.How do we hate Obama’s treatment of the press? Let me count the ways. Under his administration, the U.S. government has set a new record for withholding Freedom of Information requests, according to a recent AP investigation. FOIA gives the public and press an irreplaceable view into the workings of the executive branch. Without timely release of government documents and data, vital questions can’t be answered and stories can’t be written.Obama’s “Insider Threat Program“ has turned employees across the government—from the Peace Corps to the Social Security Administration to the Department of Agriculture—into information squelching snitches. If this isn’t Trumpian behavior, I don’t know what is.“Obama hates the press,” New York Times national security reporter James Risen said not long ago, “and he hates leaks.” Associated Press Washington Bureau Chief Sally Buzbee has decried the “day-to-day intimidation of sources” by the Obama administration, judging it worse than the Bush administration on that score. And in a 2013 piece, Politico’s Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen documented Obama’s mastery of “limiting, shaping and manipulating media coverage of himself and his White House.””
- “The deeper you study Obama’s relationship with the press, the more you want to ask what business he has giving out a press award. Was Trump himself busy that night?”
- “Shame on the Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications for allowing Obama—a documented opponent of the press—to pontificate on journalistic practice. The only press award he has any business awarding is special commendation to Trump, thanking him for making Obama look like a free-speech radical by comparison.”
The title of the above piece is “Spare Me Your Hypocritical Journalism Lecture, Mr. President.” It is very much worth reading.
The only difference is that I knew Obama was like that eight damn years ago.
Donald Trump owes his rise to one loathsome, despicable man – and that man is Barack Hussein Obama.
Again, I TOLD you a Trump was coming. My words on June 18, 2012:
Obama’s strategy is to set aside and flatly ignore the law for his own political benefit. Every American who is not deeply troubled by that – troubled enough to not vote for this fascist – is UN-American.
What Obama has done is provide an example of out-and-out lawlessness on the part of the president of the United States. And when we get a hard-core right wing president the way Obama has been a hard-core left wing president, Obama and the Democrat Party and all of those who voted for Obama and the Democrat Party will be entirely to blame for that president and his extremist actions. You mark my words. Because what goes around comes around, and if a Democrat can set aside the law the way Obama has now repeatedly done, well, guess who’s going to be stomping on your necks under your own president’s prior justification??? Conservatives are rising up in a spirit of righteous outrage. You have repeatedly slapped us in the face through your messiah Obama, and the time is coming when we’re going to punch you hard in the nose and then keep on punching. And when that day comes, liberals, look to yourselves for blame.
Obama set out to break the Republican Party. And now this demon-possessed man claims that he’s in no way responsible for the party that he broke by imposing tyrannous executive orders that split a GOP desperately trying to react to outright fascism as Obama used the media in ways described above to distort and warp public opinion. If a group of thugs breaks into a gathering by a group of decent people and starts slapping people, kicking them, punching them in the face, some people will want to fight back and others will want to call the police and still others will want to cowardly negotiate with their attackers. That’s exactly what Obama did to the GOP with his sweeping tyrannous actions. And all the while he divided America by race, divided America by income, divided America by gender, divided-divided-divided so he could conquer no matter how small the margin was.
The result was tens of millions of people – basically half the nation – who are rabidly enraged at Obama and literally ready to do what Democrats have done – first with their vile Occupy Movement and then with race riots and now with Black Lives Matter and fascist Brownshirt violent attacks against Trump rallies – and begin burning and rioting.
And so we have that until now bottlenecked rage incarnated in the rise of Donald Trump. Right out of the toxic soul of Obama.
I can even show you with numerous headlines how Obama uses the same damn TACTICS that Trump uses to mock opponents and label them:
You click on that and you see 6,220,000 results of “Obama mocks Republicans.”
Is that presidential? It sure is now, in the age of Obama (and the type Obama created, Donald Trump).
Obama made it a politically omnipotent tactic to demonize people – you know, the way he did when he claimed that Republicans were people who want dirtier air, dirtier water and children born with Down Syndrome and autism – and divide people and win by division – why shouldn’t a Trump learn from that and play ball the way Obama and Democrats play ball???
Obama as candidate: “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” Obama said at a Philadelphia fundraiser Friday night. “Because from what I understand folks in Philly like a good brawl. I’ve seen Eagles fans.” But OH the hypocrisy when the left covers Trump!
Obama demagoguing race and saying to Latinos, “Punish your enemies!”
And I only WISH George W. Bush had personally demonized Barack Obama the way Obama is now publicly demonizing Donald Trump.
Meanwhile, there’s the historical lesson of the Nazis using thug tactics to break up their opponents’ political rallies while they were rising to power; and you’ve got the Nazis using the system to crush all opposition once they attained power: and you’ve got the Democrat Party simultaneously doing BOTH when it comes to their fascist, and yes NAZI tactics against Donald Trump.
But what do you expect from the liberals who have literally called for open destruction of free speech??? What do you expect from Democrat-supporting “journalism” professors who teach their students how to call for “some muscle” against reporters trying to actually do their damn job and report liberal fascism???
Trump is to angry, pissed off white people EXACTLY what Obama was to the people he won over by preaching hate the same damn way his vile “reverend” for 23 years preached hate.
Is Donald Trump anything other than a despicable human being? No. But there are only TWO PEOPLE IN AMERICA who are even MORE despicable than Trump: Hillary Clinton, who belongs in prison and already would have been shoved into her cell and the cage slammed shut behind her had it not been for the other winner of “most despicable”: Barack Obama.
It’s that VERY RAGE that a roach like Obama can just defy justice and thwart the law that has enraged the electorate to the point of Trump.
At least the GOP establishment is trying to keep the despicable candidate from winning: versus the Democrat Party that openly celebrates the only two people on earth who are vastly more despicable.