This past year has seen many strange and unususal events. Recognizing that something is strange and unusual doesn’t make you paranoid, delusional or a whack-job. As we progress from infancy to mature adulthood we learn to connect cause and effect, which allows us to both explain and predict events.
We know that what goes up must come down, water runs downhill, alcohol makes you drunk and babies come from having sex. In fact, if we see the effect we don’t need to observe the cause to know that the cause exists. A common law school explanation for “circumstantial evidence” is if when you go to bed it is clear and dry outside but when you wake up in the morning everything is covered with snow, you can be reasonably certain that it snowed during the night even though you didn’t see it happen.
But sometimes we see an effect that has no apparent cause, or we see a cause that doesn’t have the expected effect, and when that occurs it’s perfectly normal to consider it strange and unusual. And when someone gives you an explanation that doesn’t make sense, you don’t have to know what the truth is to conclude that the person is lying to you.
Among the things that are strange and unusual about this election campaign is the way the media has been so completely in the tank for Barack Obama almost from the time he first emerged on the national stage back in 2004. It wasn’t quite so evident during the primary campaign because the media has hated the Clintons for the better part of two decades, but when the primaries ended virtually the entire media moved in lockstep to support Obama, abandoning John McCain who had been their long-time favorite.
This is a strange and unusual occurrance because the media has been favoring GOP candidates and/or hating Democrats for years. While there have been numerous stories in the blogosphere discussing the media’s enthusiastic support for Obama, most of them assume that the media is made up of individuals acting independently.
I find it difficult to believe that a large and diverse group of people working in the television and print media as well as prominent lefty bloggers would all join in unanimous agreement practically overnight. I find it much more likely that a smaller and far less diverse group would do so. That smaller and less diverse group is made up of the people who own and/or control most of our “free” press.
Rupert Murdoch, Jack Welch, Robert Iger, Ted Turner, Leslie Moonves, Craig Dubow, Bill McClatchy and Arthur Sulzberger Jr. control a big chunk of television, print and radio media. These individuals, along with the other people who pay the salaries of the talking heads and writers with whom we are more familiar all have something in common: they are very wealthy. And by “very wealthy” I ain’t talking about Joe the Plumber kinda money, I’m talking about “Lifestyles of the Rich and Shameless” stuff.
Chris Matthews, Keith Olberman, Maureen Dowd and Bill Kristol are just a few of the bloviating gasbags who make lots of money being inane, puerile and obtuse to reality. They can’t be ignorant because they are college educated and have far more access to information than most of the general public. Why would anyone pay them so much money for being so egregiously incompetent unless they were doing exactly what they were hired to do? It’s obviously not a bug, it’s a feature.
So why do all those wealthy individuals who own and/or control the media want Barack Obama as our President?
I’m guessing it ain’t for the same reason all those African Americans and nutroots progressives supported him.
UPDATE: The public stoning of Sarah Palin continues:
Uncritically, Carl Cameron and Shep Smith are reporting that some anonymous McCain aides say that Palin didn’t know that Africa was a continent; she thought, allegedly, it was a country.
It does not occur to either man to question these anonymous, and quite absurd, claims.
Or to wonder if perhaps these aides are of the Buckley/Parker sort, or if they perhaps have in mind a candidate they prefer in 2012…
Thus even Fox News begins the campaign to irradiate Palin to toxic levels for 2012.
Here’s a story these staffers tell: Sent to collect Palin from a hotel, she greeted them, straight from the shower (running late, I guess ) dressed (scandal!) only in a bathrobe (presumably a very thick hotel bathrobe).
These staffers called that “uncommon” — Cameron delighted in the word to give it the sound of “whorish, unprofessional.”
Rupert Murdoch owns FOX News.