Finally, some news that’s fit to print.
A remarkable statement buried deep in a weekend profile of Times reporter James Risen – who is at the heart of a Justice Department investigation into national security leaks – sums up what should have been the attitude of the American media toward President Obama for the past six years.
“He’s the greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation,” Risen told columnist Maureen Dowd.
Note the word. Risen doesn’t say Obama is a “threat” to press freedom, he’s an “enemy” of it.
It’s the only sentence in The New York Times liberals won’t believe.
What makes it so crazy, of course, is that The Times is the biggest cheerleader of the White House in the American media.
Among instances of deception, obfuscation and bias too numerous to count, this is the same newspaper that managed to commit all three when deliberately omitted Obama’s middle name in a “Man in the News” profile when Obama clinched the Democratic nomination in June 2008 to avoid reminding readers that a man named “Hussein” was actually a candidate for president from a major American political party.
(“That was a deadly misstep – mine,” former Editor Bill Keller said later. “It struck me as a mistake.” Thanks, Mr. Keller. There were a lot of mistakes in 2008. The biggest one is still the president, unfortunately.)
And this comes on the heels of a Fox News report last week showing out frustrated with the White House the once-universally adoring American media had become.
The admission doesn’t mean mainstream media reporters are going to turn their backs on liberals, of course, or even start treating conservative politicians and citizen groups fairly.
But if a New York Times reporter can call Obama an “enemy to press freedom” and the newspaper actually prints it, it’s a start.
Now, if the mainstream media can bring itself to start worrying about the other freedoms the Founders enshrined in the Constitution – the freedom of religion under Obamacare attack, say, or the right to bear arms under Fast and Furious attack, or the freedom association under IRS attack – there might be hope to turn this thing around before it gets even uglier.
As always, Twitter users had their own perspective.
Some were just stunned at the admission in the Old Grey Liberal.
Pigs are flying…NY Times Reporter: Obama “Greatest Threat To Press Freedom In A Generation” http://t.co/epUQ6m9BqQ
— Paul (@PAC43) August 17, 2014
— Fed Up Red (@awildhearted1) March 25, 2014
NYT JournoList James Risen NOW thinks POTUS is a threat? You voted for this pal! You’re name could be Michael Hastings
— Josh Earnst (@NotJoshEarnest) August 18, 2014
From Dowd: Obama is channeling Orwell and “Obama is the greatest threat to press freedoms in a generation.” BRUTAL. http://t.co/ilWYh2qN9A
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) August 18, 2014
Six years after the “newspaper of record” left off a presidential candidates middle name to hide the truth from the American public, some news that’s fit to print.
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