Skip to comments.Media's Obama Narrative Collides with Reality
Posted on 10/11/2012 1:46:38 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
.....I had been trying to think if there was a comparable example of when a live television event had had such a profound effect upon what had been a widely accepted truth. When I read Toby Harnden's report of how Obama stepped off of the Denver stage believing he had won, it dawned on me.
According to Harden:
>>>"In an extraordinary insight into the events leading up to the 90 minute showdown which changed the face of the election, a Democrat close to the Obama campaign today reveals that the President also did not take his debate preparation seriously, ignored the advice of senior aides and ignored one-liners that had been prepared to wound Romney.
The Democrat said that Obama's inner circle was dismayed at the 'disaster' and that he believed the central problem was that the President was so disdainful of Romney that he didn't believe he needed to engage with him."<<<
Had I witnessed such an equally profound and erroneous disdain before? Yes, in the American media's obsession with the strength of Saddam Hussein's army in 1990 and their utter disdain for the competence and integrity of the American military, particularly its senior command structure......
Last Wednesday can be seen as the moment when two of the narratives currently beloved by the American media gave way to reality. The first narrative was that Barack Obama is a man of exceptional intelligence and political skill. Obama is an entirely mediocre politician whose only exceptional skill has been the ability to make gullible liberals feel virtuous by finding him to be such an outstanding fellow. The second narrative was that successful businesspeople are uniformly greedy and cruel misers with narrow interests, pedestrian minds, suspect motives and limited leadership skills--unless, of course, they support the progressive agenda, at which time they all become wise visionaries....
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...
"...The shrinks even have a fancy phrase for it: the Dunning-Kruger effect.
[F]or a given skill, incompetent people will:
1. tend to overestimate their own level of skill;
2. fail to recognize genuine skill in others;
3. fail to recognize the extremity of their inadequacy;
4. recognize and acknowledge their own previous lack of skill, if they are exposed to training for that skill...."
Unfortunately, ones awareness of incompetence does not naturally translate into improvement in skill -- once an idiot, usually always an idiot.
#4 doesn’t seem to fit obama.
I would think it would say “FAIL TO recognize and acknowledge their own previous lack of skill, if they are exposed to training for that skill.”
In this OpEd the author is explaining the media.
“........... What the public is seeing cannot be rationally explained away by Obama apologists in the media. The press, for once, has to do its job, but even now seemingly wishes to drag its feet. We can get him after he wins, many of them seem to be muttering.
This is why the public is losing faith in government and the media. The public does not trust what the media reports. The public does not trust that the media relates to them or their values. The public does not trust that the press is not a collaborator with the political class. A majority of Americans consistently reject gay marriage and the majority of the mainstream media portrays them as troglodyte bigots. A majority of Americans are suspicious of much of what they hear from the political press these days, but the political press would rather ridicule the skeptical news consumers than explain whats going on.
A media that is right now seeing Barack Obamas Administration try to spin its way out of what happened in Libya is incredulous that any Americans could doubt a household survey on jobs that seemingly conflicts with a corporate survey on jobs that is more widely accepted by economists.
This is an administration whose Internal Revenue Service accidentally leaked confidential tax information about a number of conservative groups and the press buys the accident. This is an administration whose HHS Secretary was found guilty of a Hatch Act violation and the press said it was no big deal. This is an administration that put political cronies in Inspectors General positions, if it bothered to fill them at all, then saw the Inspectors General report away Fast & Furious, the New Black Panthers litigation, etc. and the press yawned.
This is an administration that said Osama Bin Laden was dead and Al Qaeda was on the run when we now see Al Qaeda alive and our assassinated ambassador dragged through the streets of Benghazi.
Still, most of the political press yawns. After all, theres a non-scandal about Mitt Romney and abortion to focus on and his remarks on the 47% and . . .
Now, I promise, as the Obama campaign begins dismissing polls and lamenting polling skew, the press will not be nearly as dismissive as the press has been of Republicans saying the same.
Jack Welchs comments and skepticism about polling skew would probably never have broken into the mainstream had the press showed Barack Obamas administration half the skepticism it showed George Bush. Lets not forget that for two consecutive Republican National Conventions Code Pink activists have disrupted the nominees speeches from the convention location. Each time they got into the convention with press credentials given to them by members of the press corp.
There is a vast disconnect that I dont think most reporters understand or appreciate. Worse, I think theyd rather blame the news consumers increasingly the former news consumers than blame themselves or acknowledge their responsibility. There is little difference between the movie critic who comments derisively on the taste of American movie goers and the reporter who comments derisively on what the news consumer chooses to watch and read.
It is not that Fox News is, during its day time news, more conservative. It is that Fox News actually expends effort to ensure it relates to the values and world view of many more Americans than most major news outlets. But the average reporter for the average newspaper or other press shop would rather lament a conservative bias at Fox News than recognize most of them have a liberal bias much more detached from the average American. Outside of that news organization, very few are even interested in what middle class Americans within fifty miles of an American river valley not named Hudson even care about. The people consuming the news are not viewed as the intended consumers by the press. The intended consumers are those at their cocktail parties in Washington and New York who will herald them and give them Pulitzers and maybe one day a cushy job in a future Democratic Administration.
Festering the problem, many reporters, thought leaders in the press, and news executives rarely encounter people in the heartland any more. The Mississippi River Valley is something to be flown over instead of studied and covered unless there is a natural disaster. Additionally, the new breed of political reporter knows little about politics before Bush v. Gore, couldnt care less to have a sense of history to give them perspective, embraces the cosmopolitan culture of elite environs in New York and Washington diving only into hipster dive bars to drink Pabst Blue Ribbon to connect in some superficial way with the rest of the country, leans left socially and fiscally, and maintains an increasingly secular world view nearly identical to that of their other young, hipster reporter friends. Professing themselves wise, they became fools . . .
It is a painful truth.
But there is more.
Over the last week, a growing number of pundits, reporters, and Americans have commented on Barack Obamas teleprompter issues in the last debate and his petulant reaction to Mitt Romneys statements. Over the last forty-eight hours, the American press corp has commented on the lack of substance and the shallowness of the Obama campaign vis-a-vis the Big Bird ad.
These are all conservative critiques of the Obama Administration for the past four years. But each time conservatives raised them, most political reporters dismissed the critiques as partisanship, frivolousness, or racism. Now, the political press is taking on these points as their own as are many Americans suddenly tuned in. The conservative echo chamber talking points about Barack Obama have broken out of the echo chamber and seeped into the American psyche in a way that the Obama camp will have a hard time shutting down. But the damning thing is that many of these points were, for four years, treated dismissively by the American political press only to now be repeated by them.
It is not that suddenly these points underwent a metamorphosis from illegitimate to legitimate. Its that the political press, like with Benghazi, can no longer tell the American people they did not see what they actually saw. Americans are believing their lying eyes and, in so doing, more and more feel like theyve been had by a press corp that calls itself objective when it patently is not.
A week ago Tucker Carlson released a video of Barack Obama at an event in 2007. The media waved it away as illegitimate. We covered that, they all said.
The press never covered Barack Obama telling a black audience that the Bush Administration somehow considered blacks in New Orleans as not part of the American Community. Had a Republican said that to a white crowd about Barack Obamas administration there would be hell to pay across every network. But the media chose to pooh-pooh it away saying it had been covered already. Some went so far as to deny the clear implications of what the President had said. None reported that the President had voted against the very waivers he accused George Bush of denying New Orleans.
Now they wont revisit it because it is old, not new, despite not truly being covered at the time.
In the same way, Barack Obamas autobiography was a huge seller in 2007 as the press vetted Obama. But this year conservatives kept trotting out portions of the book and the media reacted with incredulous surprise. Whats your source on that, the media demanded collectively. It was the freaking book all you people bought in 2007 and clearly never read...............”
Nobody likes to be exposed as Having been SUCKERED
Frontline, one of PBS's best programs, gave its cred away on a rerun tonight on the election and Romney/Obama. Their "biography" and career profile of Obama left out so much stuff I don't know how they can ever keep a straight face again. It was just appalling -- and they lied about the Tea Party again (nothing but trailer-trashy crackers yelling and being loud and unruly).
Oh, and Obama was forced to get partisan with healthcare by the mean old Republicans. No kidding, they said that. Elaborately. The lies of omission were so crowded and infamous, to paraphrase Cordell Hull in his last interview with Ambassador Nomura, that I did not think any civilized news organization on the face of the earth capable of uttering them. But Frontline did. Oh, and their experts? Axelgrease, Brooksie, the monstrously mendacious and manipulative Jonathan Alter, "Sid the Squid" Blumenthal. Get the picture?
Mmmmm......would make a nice tattoo..... on a Dem's butt.
Hopefully, a talented tattoo artist can work in a mugshot of Obama with that.
Easy. Just fill in the “O”s with Obama emblems.
The latest casting of blame onto the Republicans is for not funding security in the Middle East. I imagine the media will be spouting that over and over today.
“”The Hope and the Change, the movie about Democrats and independents who voted for President Barack Obama in 2008 and will not do so in 2012, will air on a dozen television stations this fall leading up to the presidential election, Citizens United announced on Monday.” (17 Sep 2012)
I know, I'm late to this party.
“It is important to note that these distribution opportunities would have been against the law a mere three years ago. This is why I went to the United States Supreme Court to fight for the right to produce a political documentary, said Producer David N. Bossie. The Hope and The Change exposes the hard truth that many Democrats and independents are suffering at the hands of President Obamas failed policies, and we will aggressively market this film so Americans can finally have an unfiltered conversation they deserve.”
Stephen K. Bannon, who directed the film, said the ability to reach 130 million American cumulative households with this historic deal is astonishing.
The power of the film comes from the collective unscripted and unrehearsed voices of the participants - ordinary Americans from every walk of life - who broke through the white noise of political speak, Bannon said.”
This movie was DEVASTATING. It starts out with how these Dems and Inds (not one Rep) loved Obama, the messiah. Their “hope” for “change”. It is such a glowing endorsement of Obama, that you might say, “what is this CRAP” and turn it off, DON'T! They soon realize, the “change” they had “hoped” for wasn't the “change” they got.
If the top rating was 5 stars, I give it 10. Well worth your time to find it or buy it if you haven't seen it. It really is a MUST SEE.
This is right on the mark.
But he is the son of Kenyan royalty, he said so to his childhood friends; why should he have to be bothered with peasants like Romney? By the way, shouldn’t his stories about being a son of Kenyan royalty bring his US citizenship even more into question?
With over 70 years of life and at least 60 of those years watching liberals lie and feel superior. I came to the conclusion, that they are mentally unstable and there is no cure for them.
They all suffer from Illusory Superiority. Often this cognitive bias increases with years of faux eductation and their illusory social status in their minds.
Illusory superiority is a cognitive bias that causes people to overestimate their positive qualities and abilities and to underestimate their negative qualities, relative to others.
So they label us as red necked, stupid, knuckle draggers rather than listen to what we have learned over the years, decades and centuries.
That is our FRiend Race Bannon; I'm so glad to see that something he put together is breaking out into the general public discourse.
Unfortunately, I live in Texas, where we're taken for granted as a solid Republican State (not for long, as Mitt and other GOP-e's keep the immigration door jammed wide open, at the insistence of Fortune 500 firms that employ lots of unskilled labor), so we don't see squat.
As I've told everyone on the Texas board, I hope that Mittens wins Texas (having refused to campaign here at all) by exactly four votes, and that the whole thing ends up in court with pullulating mobs and fistfights everywhere.
Then maybe the RNC will realize that Texas exists, and that Texas conservatives need to be listened to.
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