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A Fantasy Election, an Imaginary Man
City Journal ^ | 5 October 2012 | Andrew Klavan

Posted on 10/06/2012 4:54:43 PM PDT by neverdem

Barack Obama has always been less real than dream—a media dream.

Even before his inauguration, Barack Obama was an imaginary man, the creation of his admirers. Think back to the 2008 Time magazine cover depicting him as FDR, the Newsweek cover of the same year on which he was shown casting Lincoln’s shadow, or the $1.4 million Nobel Peace Prize awarded to him “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples”—this in 2009, less than a year after he had taken office. It was not that Obama had done nothing to deserve these outsized comparisons and honors—it was not just that he had done nothing—it was that he seemed for all the world to be a blank screen on which such hysterical fantasies could too easily be projected, a two-dimensional paper doll just waiting to be dressed in leftist dreams.

This weird quality of emptiness incited the imaginations of his opponents as well. Among the more paranoid on the right, he’s been called several kinds of Manchurian Candidate: a radical disguised as a moderate, a Muslim disguised as a Christian, a foreigner disguised as an American, and so on. The idea was that his hollow identity was his own insidious creation, the result of sealed college records, votes of “present” in the Illinois state senate, and a supra-partisan persona carefully crafted after a scuttled lifetime of revolutionary ferocity.

To be sure, Obama has disowned the depth of his past associations with such fire-breathing America-haters as William Ayers (“A guy who lives in my neighborhood”) and Jeremiah Wright (“He was never my spiritual mentor”) with startling insouciance. And such previous Obamas as the race-baiting, black-talking demagogue of a 2007 video recently covered in full for the first time by The Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson are not at all apparent in the Obama of the Oval Office or the campaign trail—whom he himself describes as a “non-threatening” statesman. But I think the real Obama has been more or less plain to see. Norman Podhoretz described him best in a 2011 Wall Street Journal op-ed: a typical product of the anti-American academic left, committed to transforming U.S. capitalism into a social-democratic system like Sweden’s.

The mystery Obama—the hollow receptacle of out-sized fantasies left and right—is not a creation of his own making, political chameleon though he may well be. It emanates instead from a journalistic community that no longer in any way fulfills its designated function, that no longer even attempts the fair presentation of facts and current events aimed at helping the American electorate make up its mind according to its own lights. Rather, left-wing outlets like the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, and the like have now devoted themselves to fashioning an image of the world they think their audiences ought to believe in—that they may guide us toward voting as they think we should. They have fallen prey to that ideological corruption that sees lies as a kind of virtue, as a noble deception in service to a greater good.

Theirs are largely passive lies and lies of omission. The active frauds—NBC’s dishonest editing of videos to reflect a leftist worldview, ABC’s allowing Democratic operative George Stephanopoulos to masquerade as a newsman, the Los Angeles Times’ suppressing even the transcript of the video in their possession that shows candidate Barack Obama at a meeting with a PLO-supporting sheik—these are only egregious salients of the more consistent, underlying dishonesty. The real steady-state corruption is revealed in the way Obama scandals like Fast and Furious, Benghazi-gate, and the repeated breaking of federal campaign laws have been wildly underplayed, while George W. Bush’s non-scandals, like the naming of Valerie Plame and the firings of several U.S. attorneys at the start of his second term, were blown out of all proportion.

And it is revealed in Obama’s blankness, his make-believe greatness, and the suppression, ridicule, and dismissal of any evidence that he is not the man this powerful media faction once wanted so badly for him to be. No other modern president could have associated so intimately with lowlifes like Wright and Ayers and the now-imprisoned Tony Rezko and not had those associations exposed in every detail. No other president could have made the radical remarks he’s made—about wealth redistribution, religion, and the federal government’s alleged ill-treatment of blacks—and not had them headlined all over for weeks. No other could have presided over such a crippled economy and such universal failures at war and in foreign policy and escaped almost without mainstream blame.

The Obama of the imagination is the media’s Obama. Out of their fascination with the color of his skin and their mindless awe at his windy teleprompted rhetoric, they constructed a man of stature and accomplishment. Now, with the White House on the line, they’re waging an ongoing battle against the undeniable evidence that he has never been, in fact, that man. The result in these quadrennial autumn days has been media coverage of a fantasy election, an election in the news that may bear no relation whatsoever to the election as it is. Polls consistently skewed to favor Democrats in percentages beyond any reasonable construct of reality have left us virtually ignorant of the state of the race. Orchestrated frenzies over alleged gaffes by Mitt Romney have camouflaged an imploding Obama foreign policy, an Obama economy threatened by a new recession, and an Obama campaign filled with vicious personal attacks and lies.

Governor Romney’s unprecedented dismantling of the president in their first debate—an encounter so one-sided it reminded me of the famous cartoon in which Godzilla meets Bambi, with predictable results—was surprising only for Romney’s warmth and clarity. Obama’s hapless fumbling, bad temper, and inarticulate inability to defend his record were actually thoroughly predictable. They were simply facets of the man as he truly is, unfiltered by the imagination of his media supporters: a man who has succeeded, really, at almost nothing but the winning of elections; a man who cannot distinguish between his ideology and life; a man who does not seem to know how the machinery of the world actually works.

Fantasy is a powerful thing, but reality will out. Perhaps by Election Day, the public will have awakened from the media’s dream.

Andrew Klavan is a novelist and a contributing editor of City Journal; his new thriller for young adults, If We Survive, will be published in November.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: lamestreammediabias; mainstreammediabias; obama

1 posted on 10/06/2012 4:54:50 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem
The First Debate
2 posted on 10/06/2012 5:09:39 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Romney vs Obama, Round One: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyNxHOZiQPA)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Thanks for the link.


3 posted on 10/06/2012 5:12:10 PM PDT by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: neverdem

Who is S1m0ne?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0258153/

Answer: a media illusion although she appeared very real.

Who is Obama?

Answer: a media illusion that appeared to be real. For a while.


4 posted on 10/06/2012 5:15:46 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: neverdem
Must read.

It's so sad we've gotten to this point, such that mainstream media has sold out so blatantly. There will be a price to pay by those who've been deceiving and covering for him.

Why is a question that I can't answer. Perhaps, mainstream media is trying to prove to themselves that they still matter.

5 posted on 10/06/2012 5:20:19 PM PDT by chiller (First check the poll's Dem/Rep/Ind sampling numbers, then re-think.)
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To: neverdem

Not to brag, but haven’t we here known all this from the very beginning? And yet, the Leftist media succeeded in shouting down anyone who’d question their orthodoxy, who’d question this fairy tale without substance. Others, like Peggy Noone of the WSJ, but not only she, many other conservatives who should have shouted this truth from the rooftops allowed themselves to be intimidated and fell comfortably into the Stockholm syndrome or respect and deference to the guy who deserved neither. Shame on this country to elect such an obvious Maowannabe!


6 posted on 10/06/2012 5:21:26 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Revolting cat!
Yes, we've known. When reading the article and your response I flash on Joe Scarborough types. How in hell can he allow this political corruption and malfeasance to occur without blowing his top on a daily basis.

It boggles

7 posted on 10/06/2012 5:27:19 PM PDT by chiller (First check the poll's Dem/Rep/Ind sampling numbers, then re-think.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Godzilla meets Bambi. That’s pretty good.


8 posted on 10/06/2012 5:29:40 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: Revolting cat!
well said!......in due time, fantasy is always taken to the wood-shed by reality...NO EXCEPTIONS!!
9 posted on 10/06/2012 5:46:33 PM PDT by M-cubed
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To: neverdem

The fact that the country is so evenly divided and that our choices are so similar shows the degree to which our culture, and therefore our country, has collapsed. Look at we conservatives on this site...we’ll look at a Romney victory as a battle won. That’s how low we have sunk.


10 posted on 10/06/2012 5:47:44 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: thecodont

I saw 2 parts.


11 posted on 10/06/2012 5:48:02 PM PDT by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: neverdem

Exactly, Obama is less a man than make-believe


12 posted on 10/06/2012 6:00:45 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: chiller
Joe Scarborough types. How in hell can he allow this political corruption and malfeasance to occur without blowing his top on a daily basis.

The scab is not a conservative of any type

13 posted on 10/06/2012 6:03:06 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

He may be affirmative action but Obama is repentance on White America’s part for the nation’s past sins.

He is a Christ-like figure and people still have warm feelings for him. No one wants to admit they’ll vote against our first black President.

Its not about partisan affiliation or political ideology. Obama has become an American Myth.


14 posted on 10/06/2012 6:23:16 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: neverdem
Well done. Amazing that the media is willing to go down with him.

I wonder: if Obama had succeeded in fully destroying America with whatever. Just what place does the media & hollyweirdo's think (oops) they will have, there would only be so many TOP Positions in his new world order.

Do they all think (oops again)they will have one of those TOP SPOTS? How ignorant can they be? That would be the time he would just have to destroy them as well, useful idiots no longer need apply.

15 posted on 10/06/2012 6:43:55 PM PDT by annieokie (O)
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To: neverdem

The Obama that many fools will still vote for is a media construct - there is no such person. The real Obama revealed his lack of any presidential qualifications Wednesday - he is basically an actor pretending to be who the media paints him as. Don’t know how he lives with himself, and don’t know how any person with more than 2 brain cells to rub together could vote for him


16 posted on 10/06/2012 6:48:50 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: neverdem

Klavan is blind.. Obama took a dive on PURPOSE..
to give Romney face saving grace when he is obliterated in the next two debates..
(closer to the election)..

When re-elected he will probably give Romney a post on an Obama-care commission to fix Obama-care somewhat..
Obama is crazy but he is NOT stupid..

Boehner has been financing Obama for two years.. ON PURPOSE..
The first two years the democrats owned the House..

Obama lost the first debate ON PURPOSE... brilliant really..
Romney will get thrashed next time.. and the next..
This is like a B-movie with an obvious plot..

The only question is, did Romney know this in advance..
Was be complicit in the drama?.. I think he was..and is..
Juan McLaim took a “DIVE” way too easily..

Romney noticed and opted for much more drama and intrigue..
Republicans still have their eyes rolling.. with a drool..
Pity..


17 posted on 10/06/2012 8:08:43 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: hosepipe

My wife thought Øbama took a dive on purpose too. She’s brilliant. She drinks her coffee from a Ronald Reagan mug.


18 posted on 10/06/2012 9:36:21 PM PDT by bicyclerepair ( REPLACE D-W-S ! http://www.karenforcongress.com)
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To: GeronL

Of course he’s not. How can he even dare to claim he is ?

He cast a couple of conservative votes in ‘01 or some such.
He lives for Mika’s approval. PW and not even married


19 posted on 10/06/2012 10:03:21 PM PDT by chiller (First check the poll's Dem/Rep/Ind sampling numbers, then re-think.)
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To: chiller

bump


20 posted on 10/06/2012 10:47:40 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: neverdem

Depicting his as fdr? About as ACCURATE as it gets. This dim-0 made depression is EXACTLY like the fdr debacle where he extended the depression for a decade with his socialist policies. THINK about it. This one is EXACTLY like the ‘30s, with GDP growth high enough that we are not officially in recession, but too low for jobs to be generated.


21 posted on 10/07/2012 4:37:45 AM PDT by weezel
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To: gorush

BUMP!

BIG GOVERNMENT IS CRONY SOCIALISM

DEFUND socialists, DISMANTLE their UNaccountable bureaucracies, DEPOPULATE them from the body politic.

live - free - republic


22 posted on 10/07/2012 7:50:56 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: bicyclerepair

[ My wife thought Øbama took a dive on purpose too. She’s brilliant. She drinks her coffee from a Ronald Reagan mug. ]

Really I hope I’m wrong.. BUT its so obvious I know I am NOT..
The orchestration of this is brilliant but dark and ominous..
If true, there has been no America for a long time..

It would not be “NEW”.. not an accidental flow.. but “animal farm” with milking and everything..
Could be you’re vote is just a leaf in the wind..
AND “it’s September”(fall).... i.e. massive voter fraud following the propaganda blitz..

You gotta give it to the evil powers that be.. they are very smart..
Even the free republic “cats” are whining for fish bones..
Obama is a naked King.. but he has some bodacious URPean Shoes..

i.e. Shoes = FBI, CIA, NSA, Joint Chiefs, Holder, Main stream media, academia, hollyweird, Union Mafia, Police, Firefighters, Teachers, Givernment workers, even part of Fox News.. AND much more...

The “FIX” is in...


23 posted on 10/07/2012 11:33:04 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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