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Posted on 09/18/2011 6:31:09 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
Canadian Commentator: The Press Gave America 'An Untried, Unknown,' 'Incompetent Figure As President' By Noel Sheppard Created 09/18/2011 - 9:09pm
Maybe what America's press really need is a Canadian television commentator to explain how atrocious their coverage of Barack Obama has been since the moment he tossed his named into the presidential ring in February 2007.
Although they may not be familiar with CBC's Rex Murphy, they should certainly heed the marvelous piece he wrote for the National Post Saturday entitled "The Medias Love Affair With a Disastrous President":
As the bad economic news continues to emanate from the United States with a double-dip recession now all but certain a reckoning is overdue. American journalism will have to look back at the period starting with Barrack [sic] Obamas rise, his assumption of the presidency and his conduct in it to the present, and ask itself how it came to cast aside so many of its vital functions. In the main, the establishment American media abandoned its critical faculties during the Obama campaign and it hasnt reclaimed them since.
Murphy then walked through some of the press's most egregious examples of malpractice:
Gliding past Obama's pretentions Ignoring his arrogance Not reporting his gaffes Side-stepping his connection to Rev. Jeremiah Wright Trashing Hillary Clinton Burning Republicans Ransacking Sarah Palin and her family
"Palin, in particular, stands out as Obamas opposite in the medias eyes," wrote Murphy. "As much as they genuflected to the one, they felt the need to turn rotweiler toward the other."
After offering further examples of so-called journalists' unforgivable obsession with attacking the former governor of Alaska, Murphy gave his strongest criticism.
"As a result, the press gave the great American republic an untried, unknown and, it is becoming more and more frighteningly clear, incompetent figure as President."
Murphy crescendoed to his spot on conclusion: "To the degree the press neglected its function as watchdog and turned cupbearer to a styrofoam demigod, it is a partner in the flaws and failures of what is turning out to be one of the most miserable performances in the modern history of the American presidency."
Almost on cue, "American Conservative's" Jim Pinkerton observed a few hours later on Saturday's "Fox News Watch" that some of Obama's enablers are starting to get it.
"Theres a strange thing happening in the media which is, I think, liberalism has sort of concluded that Obama is kind of a turkey, and they're sort of trying to distance themselves from him."
They might try, but too many observers know the truth: the press aided and abetted this national disgrace, and they're going to have a lot to answer for in the coming years regardless of how much they try to distance themselves from the current White House resident.
Hopefully more members of the foreign press will assist those of us in the States that have been sending out warning signals since February 2007.
Maybe with their help, the media malpractice will be totally acknowledged by the guilty parties, and America will never have to witness such a disgraceful episode again.
A conservative can dream, can't he?
The media wanted Obama to become President because they saw him as their progressive dream come true. Obama is the most left wing, Marxist, commie loving, progressive we have ever seen and that is exactly what the media wanted. Every single thing Obama has done to take this country down the media applauds him for that, because they believe in what he believes him and they will defend him til their last breath
The foreign press is our only hope because the national press sure won't do it.
Good work, but he totally overlooked the media’s complete swallowing of obama’s “autobiography” and never looked into ANY details of his life. They would say, “No need to. It’s all in the book! And if it isn’t, then it must not be worth examining.”
they’re going to have a lot to answer for in the coming years
As much as I hope this is the case I have to ask: How - exactly - will the press be held to account?
Last time I looked, there is no law that states the press must report fairly or truthfully and without bias toward one party or against another. It seems to me that it was always just assumed the press would act in that manner.
Canada’s coming up with some first class commentators: Mark Steyn, Noel Sheppard, and others. Must be that nice clear cool air they’re breathing...
The media’s wet dream has turned iito their sweaty nightmare.
Tingles up their legs have turned into cobras biting them in their collectige asses.
Their willing suspension of disbelief has become their headlight of truth shining in their doe eyes.
They didn’t just ‘neglect’ their duties as guardians of truth, they literally fled their posts as AWOL coward deserters.
Their most shameful act of arrogance is that they have no shame, just like a prostitute hooked on crack.......
Worse, a lot of them know the truth of Bami's past and hide it because he is their Chosen One.
Here's an interesting question!
What if a 1M conservative cable subscribers asked to have CCN blocked from their basic package. What about 100K?
What's the threshold where CNN’s wallet would be hit hard?
Note CNN is increasing an international news outlet as opposed to a national news outlet so it might not matter if their US audience shrunk to nothing.
The ‘law’ that will hold them ‘accountable’ is the ages old Law of Supply and Demand, administered in the Court of Public Opinion.
People will not buy a product that is known to be defective.......
Styrofoam demigod...that says it all.
Most people dragged through the mud by the media don’t sue because the bar is set high - for good reason. But those genuinely wronged need to sue and sue big. An enterprising law firm could make a good living off providing such a service after the first couple court victories.
It’s not like the evidence is hard to come by. Just the will to do it.
I’m originally from canadastan and grew up on Rex Murphisms. He’s a libertarian. Unfortunately, he’s affiliated with the CBC...one of the most anti-American broadcast companies in the world. You should watch their news shows. They make Al jazeera look like Fox news.
NEVER going to happen. The presstitutes in this country will NEVER, EVER admit to doing anything wrong. They are liberals and socialists to the core, and to be a liberal means never having to accept responsibility for your actions
They will, hopefully, continue their long, slow descent into irrelevance and unemployment. It cannot come soon enough.
Even the Emmy’s looks like a wake. Talk about a depressed bunch of lefties. :-)
One might say, "biting them in their entire selves."
I’m not worried about what anyone in the writes, it’s what they didn’t write that is the problem.
They completely abrogated their proper and just responsibilities of vetting an unknown candidate for the most powerful post in the world, and in so doing, aided and abetted the foistering upon the American people a man so incompetent that he cannot even face them without the aid of an electronic device to tell him what to say.....
Canadians are worried about what is happening in our White House. they are hearing all kinds of scary stories that our media totally ignore.
From what I read they already made a Bristol Palin and Tea Party joke at these pathetic Emmy Awards. Im not even watching, don’t care for it, don’t care who wins..just a bunch of lefties in a room patting each other on the back while trashing most of America
>Canadians are worried about what is happening in our White House.<
Actually...canadians do not care what happens to America. canadians, in general relish the fact that Americans voted for a leftist president and America, as a superpower is being brought to it’s knees by this usurper.
In school even, we were taught that Americans are evil. Unfortunately, it’s called “the canadian inferiority complex”. It’s akin to being a poor neighbor and your next door neighbor who is rich, is now losing his big home. If you knew how canadians really viewed Americans, you will be in shock..
Murphy is a foe of AGW, but has run for the Trudeau Liberals in Nfld.
Are you saying that he bends to the CBC position sometimes? Could you give some examples?
CNN’s ratings are about the worse there are on cable. It’s pathetically bad. Yet there they are.
The media will not change - not one bit - until the NY Times, CNN, MSNBC etc...go out of business. Until then, they have no reason to change that does not already exist today.
Well, Canadians can just stay the hell out of our country.
We should refuse to buy anything they make if they are that hostile to Americans.
We should close our northern border and make sure no Canadians sneak into the U.S. to seek timely medical care they are unable to find in their superior nation through their superior health-care system.
Rex is indeed a commentator for CBC news. However he wrote this for the National Post newspaper which while no longer as conservative as it was founded by Conrad Black is still a better read than other unmentionable papers. I never watch the CBC news so I cannot comment on their current way of doing things but I am pretty sure you are spot on. There is a minor debate going on up here about the money CBC gets from the govt. I doubt much will change but with a Harper majority who knows. It would be an interesting race to see which subsidy ever gets cut first PBS/NPR or the CBC.
>Are you saying that he bends to the CBC position sometimes? Could you give some examples?<
Yup. During the 2003 Iraq invasion, he blasted every American..every American he could think of in a rant at the end of the 6 PM telecast. From George W Bush to those “yankees” who voted for him. You have to understand that anti-Americanism was thru the roof...not like it is today which is back to normal levels.
I remember it vividly. Due to old age, he’s mellowed down..
I worked with a bunch of lads from Calgary all over the world in the oilfields. Those boys are just Texans with a funny accent. They work hard, play hard, and hold their own in a fight.
>There is a minor debate going on up here about the money CBC gets from the govt.<
Oh? You weren’t there back when Martin was still the PM and one parliament member point blank asked the CBC president..HOW MUCH MONEY DOES HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA RAKE IN?
The CBC guy refused to answer. Molson won’t even say in public how much it pays to the telecasts which I surmise has been in the half billion for 1 season. And nothing trickles back to the taxpayers.
Alberta is Stephen Harper, the Conservative Party and the separatist movement of western canada’s “headquarters”. AB is I believe, the only province to give Ottawa the middle finger when it comes to equalization payments aka “mafia shakedown so Quebec won’t secede” money...
Have you seen ‘Little Mosque on the Prairie’? The CBC-produced show which mocks Americans daily? That’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Canada’s “right” is pretty much equivalent to the last vestiges of those remaining not full-on Communist Democrats.....Evan Bayh......Joseph Liebermann.......Ben Nelson.....etc. Hillary would be a soft Liberal to them. Bernie Sanders, the CBC, and Debbie Wasserface Schmuck would be solid NDP’ers for them.
There is currently a minor debate going on. How much the CBC gets from the government is known. It is over a billion dollars. How they spend that billion plus isn’t known. Whether the CBC deserves that billion plus a year is the debate. It is minor in the grand scheme of things but it is percolating.
Well - ACTUALLY - This Canadian DOES care what happens to America and Americans. This Canadian is sick at heart that this Abomanation was elected as President with all his left-wing czars. This Canadian knows that Canadian schools DO NOT teach that Americans are evil. This Canadian is proud to know and like Americans, and knows they are the salt of the earth. This Canadian also knows that you are NOT a good Canadian, an average Canadian, or a thinking Canadian. Stop spouting your anti-American nonsense and go and get a life.
Now would be a perfect time for cutting funding to the CBC with Harper and the CP in charge of Parliament. If the Ceeb is generating millions just from Hockey Night’, then CTV, a private broadcast network has a major legit beef.
Might as well cut off the French CBC channels. No one in western canada watches them. Honestly, I only watch it to brush up on my Fwench and watch those French/Quebecois movies where the woman is always naked.
I have family, friends, business acquaintances in the U.S.A. I was born in Canada, and love the ties we have with America and the wonderful American people. Please do not assume that Canadians who spout anti-American rhetoric speak for all Canadians - they do not, just as I’m assuming that you do not speak for all Americans with your anti-Canadian rhetoric.
The federal and taxation system is different in Canuckistan from what we know and care about in the States but I understand that’s a big part of it. Of huge Provincial concern is the amount of money they pay to Ottawa versus what they receive back in Federal funding. The Prairie and Western provinces seem to send a lot eastward that they don’t get back to the west (lot’s of money spent on pacifying Quebec) and that imbalance screws with their finances. So many Federal Canadian programs (Medicare, or Canadian “socialist medicine”) dependent upon provincial returns to support.
Albert has been the Texas/Colorado to think of it in U.S. terms. Saskatchewan after them.....they are like a Nebraska/Iowa. B.C. is California and Washington state all rolled into one. Manitoba is Minnesota and Wisconsin. Ontario is like Ohio and Pennsylvania. Quebec is, well, like Mexico. The Atlantics are just an assortment of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island. Small population and small power to effect national politics.
“Stop spouting your anti-American nonsense and go and get a life.”
LOL How is it anti-Americanism? I’m just educating American Freepers that kanadastan ain’t the promised land that most Americans envision it to be. Get this... I was trying to escape mandatory socialized healthcare from kanadastan and Obama makes it law here.
>The federal and taxation system is different in Canuckistan from what we know and care about in the States but I understand thats a big part of it. Of huge Provincial concern is the amount of money they pay to Ottawa versus what they receive back in Federal funding. The Prairie and Western provinces seem to send a lot eastward that they dont get back to the west (lots of money spent on pacifying Quebec) and that imbalance screws with their finances. So many Federal Canadian programs (Medicare, or Canadian socialist medicine) dependent upon provincial returns to support.<
Correct. It’s called “Equalization payments”. The provinces pay to Ottawa a sort of...mafia payment and they are supposed to get something back in return.
But here’s the funny part that no American realizes and what really binds canada as a nation. The equalization payment’ is actually shakedown money or bribe money from the Feds (Ottawa) as a “tribute” to Quebec so they will not secede.
Have you ever noticed why French and English are 2 languages you first see when you enter canada but our parliament and money (the Queen of England) are British-based? There ya have it..
When my SIL was on loan to the Royal Canadian Air Force, (flight instructor on their Orions) in Nova Scotia for 3 years - he and my daughter and their kids absolutely LOVED it. The people were super friendly and loved them as Americans - still begging them to come back.
And actually, they are thinking it might be a good idea - maybe settle up there and get dual citizenship.
In my visits up there and to PEI, I never ran across ANYONE who didn't treat us like ‘natives.”
And we should NEVER forget what they did for us and their support after 9-11.
Except for the French Quebecers - most Canadians are very like us.
I must respond to your post. It is true that the left-wing CBC is “left-wing”, and hopefully they will be forced to stand on their own or fall (hoping for a fall), because I hate any of my tax dollars going to them, but .... on the other hand, how about NPR and PBS in the U.S? They aren’t biased? They aren’t left-wing? So a plague is on both our houses, right? But our “Fox News of the North”, our fledgling Sun News Network, is making headway here — maybe you should change channels..... besides, there are other networks in Canada other than the CBC. In my experience, Canadian television is a mirror-image of U.S. television, same shows, etc., except for local advertising. So don’t paint everyone with the same brush, we are very diverse in our makeup and opinions - and have you noticed we now have a majority CONSERVATIVE government? (We got OUR hope and change, lol!)
We all know the truth of what will happen, and it isn't pretty.
It will be like Moses and the wandering Jews.
The press will not admit what it did, and change will not come until this generation of reporters dies off, including the likes of Jennings (already gone), Brokaw, Rather, Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, Leslie Stahl, Bill Plante, Bob Shieffer, Harry Smith, Charlie Rose, Barbara Walters, Charles Osgood, and the rest of the elders.
Then we have the next generation to worry about, including Katie Couric, Brian Williams, Chris Matthews, Andrea Mitchell, Ann Compton, David Gregory, Matt Lauer, et. al.
Never mind the newcomers.
I am also just educating American Freepers.
See my post #40
and my little granddaughters LOVED the schools...and they got taught actual academic subjects - imagine that.
the whole family still maintais the friendships they made there...
I wouldn’t mind one minute moving to Nova Scotia - the values we USED to have.
This whole thing was a setup from the beginning.
No candidate received Secret Service protection as soon as Barack did, who announced nearly two years before the election.
In fact, my memory recalls Secret Service Protection being extended only to prevailing nominees for each party once they are chosen.
And then we got served a pile of Shiite from the sands of Arizona in the name of Juan McCain.
See my post # 40 and 44
Got a bunch of sour-mouthed twits in here tonight. Makes me understand why so many of the great Freepers left FR
>I wouldnt mind one minute moving to Nova Scotia - the values we USED to have.<
Are you sure you don’t want to move to vancouver or toronto? (snicker)
Not a bad idea — you’d be very welcome — and J D Fortune came from there too (lots of good-looking Nova Scotians.) That’s where my family settled originally, (”New Scotland”) before moving west to explore the mountains and the prairies. I have traveled extensively in the U.S. and Canada, and everywhere I’ve gone, I’ve been made to feel welcome and “at home”. There are only three states I haven’t yet been to - Hawaii, Alaska and Washington State. But Alaska is high up on my list.
Oh, most certainly.
While we in the U.S. view Canada as a “socialist” country there are many aspects of Canadian Confederation we don’t take into account. If we American’s had to pay a state, i.e. New York, to stay with us and support the Union..............I have no doubt the crap would have hit the fan decades ago. I do realize that what keeps Canada together as a nation is the distribution of tax revenues as opposed to some serious nationalistic heritage. We see their “national” health care system as a single entity while it is clearly not.
We Americans ponder the semi-routine referendums that Alberta and Saskatchewan have regarding Confederation and State-hood and say “whoa, wait..........another state?”
No, I get it entirely. Canada, as we know, is the North American country that is not part of the U.S. and so many within those borders will do anything to not be a part of the American association. The money’s too good to tether themselves to another country which might have other nationa goals or policies. Yeah. I get it..