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6/27/2008 8:58:00 AM
Maintain your bearings - liberal media launching effort to elect Obama

Mark Miller

A major relief effort is underway.

The relief effort is not because of the Myanmar cyclone or the earthquake in China, it's the mainstream media's effort to relieve their readers and viewers from the oppression of eight years of George Bush in the White House.

Media types are overwhelmingly liberal and Democratic, and they have fallen in love with Barrack Obama.

During the primaries they attempted to moderate their fawning affection for Obama in deference to the first serious woman candidate for president. It was tacky for liberals to overtly campaign against a woman, even though many of them did.

But all the restraints of the primary season are now null and void.

The liberal media elite are launching a massive general election effort to convince us bitter clingers we need "change." They won't let up until November.

To achieve their passionate objective, media soldiers will unleash an arsenal of time-tested mind control weapons. Each day, leading New York and Washington pundits state their story lines du jour and the same stories, using almost the same words, bounce around in the liberal media echo chamber of major daily newspapers, cable news networks, public radio and the nightly network news programs.

It will be hard for the average reader or viewer to resist this cacophony of Obama adulation. Oh sure, there are a few rebels in the media world, but they are limited and largely preaching to the choir. In the current political environment, the 30 percent independent or swing voters are the target of media political influence. These are the people who turn to the mainstream media for information needed to make objective judgments, but who increasingly receive liberal opinions lightly disguised as news stories.

This year's overarching narratives will be how terrible the economy is, how unhappy everyone is about Iraq, health care, education, George Bush and Republican congressmen, and how old John McCain is, but most pervasively how charismatic, exciting and change-oriented Obama is, drawing in vast numbers of enthusiastic new voters.

These media narratives will, not surprisingly, mirror DNC campaign talking points. Daily we will see stories that reinforce these themes. Contradictory stories will seldom see the black of ink or the teleprompter of a news anchor.

Deciding what news is covered and how it is covered will be the most powerful method used by the media to push the Obama candidacy. During a single recent week, Obama made a series of patently false and contradictory international affairs statements (Kennedy met with Khrushchev to defuse the nuclear threat of Cuban missile crisis, when the meeting happened 15 months before the crisis; the Berlin Wall fell because we were having negotiations with Khrushchev, when the wall fell because of the economic collapse of the Soviet Union; if we weren't involved in Iraq we could use scarce Arabic translators in Afghanistan, when they don't speak Arabic in Afghanistan; and finally one night in Portland he said about Iran: "They don't pose a serious threat to us." The next day in Billings he said: "I've made it clear for years the threat from Iran is grave.").

These statements were virtually ignored by the mainstream media. On the other hand, a few weeks ago when McCain made a statement about Al Qaeda being a Shiite sect and then corrected it instantly, the media were all over him for his lack of understanding of Middle Eastern affairs.

Week after week for the rest of the campaign Obama will be given a get out of jail free card for his blunders while McCain will receive the Dan Quayle "potatoe" treatment for any slight misstatement.

Words are the primary tools of the media and words are ingeniously used by liberal media practitioners to shape opinions.

Like loaded dice, their words will repeatedly come up negative for McCain and positive for Obama. There is an entire media lexicon of negative words and phrases used to describe Republicans.

Unpleasant words like hardliner, hawk, neocon, right-winger, right-wing attack machine, swiftboating and recently, joined at the hip (referring to McCain's relationship to Bush).

But try and find similar words used by the media to describe Democrats and you will be unsuccessful. As a matter of fact, you won't even hear the media calling Obama a liberal (he was ranked the most liberal Senator in Washington, D.C.). He will be referred to as a progressive or moderate - much less politically sensitive words.

In news reports, when McCain responds to criticism, he is on the defensive, but when Obama responds he hits back forcefully. When McCain makes gaffes on the campaign trail, it raises serious questions about his age and judgment.

Obama's gaffes are ignored or attributed to fatigue from tough campaigning. You'll often hear Republican positions described as controversial, but you won't hear about controversial Democratic positions.

Words are powerful, and the mainstream media knows a well placed negative word or two can subtly influence the opinion of a reader or viewer.

Instant credibility is a particularly cagey method used by the media to make a liberal point. You'll see this technique used in this way: While questioning McCain, a reporter will preface a question with a phrase like "many people feel," "experts think" or "critics say" without giving any idea who they are talking about.

Presto, instant credibility for what inevitably follows; a Democrat talking point in question form. McCain is not going to say "what do you mean" or "who are you talking about," because he would then be labeled defensive and angry. So, regardless of how factually challenged or prejudicial toward McCain a question may be, it can be teed up with instant credibility.

A brand new media political mind shaping technique is the You Tube-style debate. A sponsoring media organization asks the public to submit video questions to be presented to candidates during a televised debate.

The submitted questions are then carefully culled and selected to produce the impression the public is critical of Republicans while Democrat questions are softballs allowing candidates to strut their stuff.

Unfortunately for the liberal CNN network, after a recent Republican You Tube-type debate it sponsored, Web bloggers disclosed that several questioners were Democratic Party operatives.

In the future, I'm sure the mainstream media will be less heavy-handed, but they will not be able to resist stacking the debate deck in Obama's favor.

Even though the mainstream media has embarked on an ambitious effort to elect Barrack Obama president and they will influence many, it is possible to maintain your bearings during this election season.

I recommend turning to the alternative media. Some of the many current events-oriented Web blogs doing an outstanding job of discussing key issues are: realclearpolitics.com; instapundit.com; powerlineblog.com; and hotair.com.

These websites offer links to many others that will allow interested citizens to reach informed decisions.

Mark Miller is a resident of Minocqua

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Article comment by: Ryan

What a tremendously biased, misleading article. Unfortunately, it is not surprising to me that The Lakeland Times prints these slanted right wing talking points and presents them as factual.

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