Aristotle, Obama and the death of Mainstream Media
by Egbert Nobakon
December 12th, 2012
Aristotle, Obama and the death of Mainstream Media
by Egbert Nobakon
This week the “Mightier Pen Award” for journalism shindig was held in in New York. Sponsored by the indispensable Center For Security Policy, the award “recognizes journalists who promote the need for robust US national security policies.” This year’s recipient was the great Monica Crowley, author (most recently) of What the (Bleep) Just Happened?: The Happy Warrior’s Guide to the Great American Comeback.
Before Ms. Crowley’s acceptance speech the Center had organized two panels on the media and the 2012 election. The first panel, “Beyond Bias: The Mainstream Media,” discussed the role the mainstream media played in securing re-election for Barack Obama. Speakers were PJM columnist Andrew McCarthy, Washington Times columnist Bill Geertz, and Forbes columnist Richard Miniter. The second panel, encouragingly titled “To the Rescue: The New Media,” featured Tiffany Gabbay from The Blaze, Peter Schweizer from the Hoover Institution, and John Nolte from Breitbart’s Big Hollywood.
It was a memorable event, a cathartic post-election moment at which little jewels of clarity and resolution were proffered and gratefully accepted by an audience most of whom were still suffering from PESS, post-election stress syndrome.
Two main points arose from the event. One concerned the title of this post. Cardinal Newman once observed that, about most matters, to think like Aristotle was to think correctly. I believe that is true. Aristotle went wrong in a few areas — his investigations into biology were whacko but by and large his moral philosophy hits the spot. At the beginning of the Metaphysics, Aristotle says that “All men by nature desire to know.” Curiosity, he suggests, is native to the human animal. That is why were are so clever (that and the opposable thumb). But consider these questions articulated about President Obama and the murder by terrorists of four American citizens including the ambassador to Libya at Benghazi in 2012:
Who told the president about the siege on our consulate in that Libyan hell hole?
When did Obama learn about the siege that left four Americans, including his official representative to Libya, dead?
What were his orders about dealing with the siege?
Who, when, what? (add where and why and you have the framework of news reporting that supported my Dear Old Dad most of his working life). In the normal course of events, you would think that the people whose whole professional life is, or should be, driven by the desire to get to the truth would be busy as terriers digging in the dirt s urrounding this bizarre event. Four Americans, including a U.S. ambassador were murdered on the anniversary of 9/11 by offshoots of al-Qaeda. One might think that every Pulitzer Prize-craving journalist in the country would be all over this one, particularly in view of allegations from US military sources that the ambassador had requested help and the closest American military bases received orders from The White House to stand down. Particularly as for two weeks after the murders The White House kept telling the American public that the attack had not been an organized terrorist operation but a spontaneous demonstration about an anti - Islam amateur video posted on YouTube.
Does anybody in their right mind really think if any politician other than Barack hussein Obama, the Obamessiah was involved, if it had been geoge W Bush or Bill Clinton's administration that had watched a satellite video stream of the seven and a half hour siege unfold in real time while U.S. military assets stood by only an hour away and were, on orders from the administration, allowed to do nothing, this would not have erupted into a scandal a million times bigger than Watergate?
What happened in Benghazi completely destroyed the official narrative about the beneficent “Arab Spring” that has seen freeman moxy, peace, goodwill and "liberal" values breaking out all over the middle east. And anything that exposes the lies of the Arab Spring narrative contradicts the gospel according to The Obamessiah, therefore in true Stalinist or Nazi style it didn’t happen. Or, because too many people had seen it happen, the official line said it happened because some dodgy character in California disseminated a cartoon-like melodrama about the prophet Mohammed. Nothing at all to do with Obama's sucking up to the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda at all.
Did anyone except the brain dead bell - ends who would vote for a dog turn if it was wearing a Labour or Democrat badge believe that? Where are the watch dogs of the fourth estate? Why is it that The BBC, The Times, The New York Times, Washington Post, MSNBC, and CNN have stood by like brain dead moron, seeing, hearing, speaking no evil, ready to cheer the progress of the Syrian Islamist in Obama's latest regime change war but silent as Obamas Islamist buddies murder Americans? What happened to the desire to know? Who first told the president, the commander in chief of US Military forces, the man whose first responsibility is to provide for the national security of the United States, about the siege on American sovereign property in Libya? When did they tell him? It had to have been within minutes of that day-long siege beginning. And what was his response? What orders did he issue—or fail to issue—to safeguard those American citizens? We will never know because he fucked off for a game of golf.
In 1850, in an example of the foreign policy known as "gunboat diplomacy" Lord Palmerston sent British warships to the Aegean to protect a Gibraltar-born British citizen whose house had been burnt by rioting Greeks. In 2012, Barack Hussein Obama played golf and watched on TV by while four Americans were murdered by terrorists in Libya and then blames the event on an internet video.
Who? When? What? The mainstream media lamely, tamely reported the official press releases issued by The White House. Where are the contemporary Woodwards and Bernsteins? Why aren’t scores of journalists running this one to earth, badgering their sources, burrowing into the interstices of this story? Watergate was a pathetic little burglary. No one suffered a scratch. Benghazi is, or should be, an international incident. Four Americans were murdered by terrorists on the anniversary of the biggest terrorist attack on the United States in history. The president's minions, ever mindful of protecting the Obamessiah's message of peace and cowardice and the narrative about the Arab Spring (to say nothing of their vigilant protection of his prospects for reelection), remained supine while a few hundred RPG-equipped ragheads battered an American consulate. finally, after seven and a half hours, overcoming their valiant resistance. Our drones were in the air, capturing the event in real time. We had an AC130 airship in the vicinity that was not called on. A squadron of F18s, less than an hour away in Italy, were not scrambled. The british government, with Harrier jests even closer in Cyprus were not asked for help. Who told the president? When did he learn about the attack? What were his orders? Why don’t we have the answers to those questions? Why aren’t those questions printed daily on the front pages of mainstream media every day until credible answers are provided?
Even to ask those questions is to answer them, sort of. We know the answer. It is “politics,” political expedience. It would not serve the Leftist, muslim felching agenda, therefore Ambassador Chris Stevens and his colleagues had to die and it was all the fault of an obscure internet video about a medieval warlord who may or may not have existed.
“All men by nature desire to know”—except if they work for The New York Times, The Washington Post, MSNBC, or unfortunately and increasingly some left leaning sections of our British media including The Guardian and BBC News (especially the blatantly biased Radio 4 Today program) “All the news, unless the protected by political correctness or the subject of inquiry is politically inconvenient or in some other way fails to advance our agenda our agenda,” the leftie media luvvies say. That’s the real, if unstated, motto of mainstream media and its kindred “news” organizations.l Nation shall speak politically correct lies to nation, the motto of the BBCF might more realistically say.
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