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Helping the Democrats Avoid the Victims
Townhall.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Brent Bozell

Posted on 04/16/2014 4:12:34 AM PDT by Kaslin

For a moment, imagine yourself back in 2006, at the height of liberal aggression about the "imperial hubris" of George W. Bush in the war on terror. The left's contempt for this man was rampant. Liberals savaged him for turning the world against this country. Keith Olbermann announced "the beginning of the end of America."

Now imagine, in that milieu, if during the Bush administration, we'd witnessed a mass shooting by an Islamist at Fort Hood. Or a terrorist bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Or a deadly terrorist attack on a consulate in Libya. Would liberals have granted Bush a pass for any of these? Or would he and his policies have been blamed?

You know how the press would have played it. The hard-news coverage would quickly give way to the analysis, and it would be brutal. Words like "fiasco" and "failure" would have dotted the news landscape.

So why, when these events occurred during the Obama years, has the press continuously disassociated the events from President Barack Obama -- except for his laudable efforts as the mourner-in-chief, healing the country from its pain?

In the Bush years, the media celebrated "Peace Mom" Cindy Sheehan confronting Bush about his horrendous war in Iraq, in which she lost her son Casey. But when Obama and Hillary Clinton ignore the victims or relatives of the victims from recent attacks, the media stay silent.

It's not like the media elites fail to notice. See a report from ABCNews.com with the headline "White House Denies '09 Fort Hood Victim's Request for Meeting With Obama."

Staff Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford was shot seven times in November 2009 when radical Islamist Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan killed 13 people and wounded 32 more. Obama's Department of Defense continues to refuse to classify the shooting as terrorism. It's just "workplace violence." Survivors have been denied Purple Hearts and combat-related benefits afforded to victims of other terrorist attacks.

"As you may know, the President and high-ranking members of the military promised me, my family and the other Fort Hood terror attack survivors that the federal government would 'make them whole.' After more than four and one-half years, however, the government has yet to make good on this promise," Lunsford wrote to Obama's chief of staff, Denis McDonough, a day before Obama's visit to Fort Hood after a second fatal shooting. "We believe that if the President could hear, first-hand, our plight and our mistreatment at the hands of his bureaucracy, that he would take the steps needed to set things right. Therefore, we ask for ten minutes of his time."

Lunsford didn't get it. Not only that, but ABC, CBS and NBC stayed silent on this attempt to get Obama to greet reality on Hasan's terrorism. There's no risk to Obama dismissing these survivors.

Or take Clinton, just honored for bravery for dodging a shoe at one of her $250,000-plus-expenses speeches in front of scrap-metal recyclers in Las Vegas. (It was a "ten-strike," boasted analyst Mark Shields on PBS.) Her next stop was going to be a speech at the annual Western Health Care Leadership Academy in San Diego on April 11. But she canceled her visit in the midst of planned protests, where protesters would have included Pat Smith, the mother of Sean Smith, who died in Benghazi. Instead, Clinton appeared via satellite. A "scheduling conflict" was the excuse.

There was no coverage. The networks had no interest in Mrs. Smith or the other protesters. If you're a journalist, it's incumbent you protest Bush and the military-industrial complex at every turn. It's also imperative you bring aid and comfort to Obama and the international left. It's what they call "news."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: demonrat; mediabias

1 posted on 04/16/2014 4:12:34 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Cindy Sheehan should be camping outside the White House.


2 posted on 04/16/2014 4:20:59 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Kaslin

“So why, when these events occurred during the Obama years, has the press continuously disassociated the events from President Barack Obama...”

Too easy; the press and other media, so-called, have in latter days become nothing less than an unofficial arm of the the far Left of Democrat party - its Ministry of Propaganda - and they consider it their duty to act as apologists, excuse-makers, and leaders of the effort to make the egregious and moronic errors of their clients go away.

Next question.


3 posted on 04/16/2014 4:22:44 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Kaslin

Well, yes. The mainstream media has failed to bring balanced news for as long as I can remember. Why would they change?


4 posted on 04/16/2014 4:22:56 AM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: Kaslin

One hopes that junior-high-school Progressives will be given a hall pass to get out of town, along with their Ministry of Propaganda, the “mainstream media”, in November.

IMHO


5 posted on 04/16/2014 4:32:22 AM PDT by ripley
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To: Kaslin

If they don’t support this Affirmative action Presidency they will have their presstitute credentials rescinded by the Ministry of Truth...


6 posted on 04/16/2014 4:34:46 AM PDT by Geronimo
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To: Kaslin

Here’s the ABC News link mentioned in the article:
http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/white-house-denies-09-fort-hood-victim-meeting/story?id=23288867

nobama at his arrogant best. Worth the click.


7 posted on 04/16/2014 4:42:12 AM PDT by upchuck (Support ABLE, the Anybody But Lindsey Effort. Yes, we are the ABLE!!)
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To: Kaslin
The news media are traitorous rat bastard leftists. Something has GOT to be done to diminish their continuing influence on public opinion.

The only ones in a position to do so are their usual victims, main players in the GOP.

But they're scared to death of them.

8 posted on 04/16/2014 5:27:33 AM PDT by skeeter
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