There is an old philosophical question that asks, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” Of course it should, but how could you prove it? The same can be said about lies. If a lie is told, but no one hears it, is it still a lie? That is the problem with the Obama Administration and all those who were or are a part of it. They lie, and lie, and lie, but if the media doesn’t report it, it doesn’t seem to matter.
The Founding Fathers envisioned a free and impartial press as the guardians of the Republic. For a long time that was true. When President Nixon was caught in a lie about Watergate the media did its job. The public was informed and outraged. President Nixon, facing certain impeachment and probable conviction, resigned. Nixon never regained public approval.
Fast forward to the Clinton scandal. He lied under oath, something Nixon never did, and yet the press now defended his behavior as “only” lies about sex. Though he was impeached, Clinton was not convicted, as enough Senators believed that perjury didn’t rise to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors. As a result President Clinton remained in office and is now one of the most popular ex-Presidents in spite of reprehensible behavior.
That can be directly attributed to the major media and their biased reporting of the news. It is and is not just a matter of what they chose to report, but how. When weapons of mass destruction were not found in Iraq demonstrators chanted, “Bush lied people died.” Former Vice-President Al Gore bellowed, “He betrayed this country! He played on our fears!” Senate Majority leader Harry Reid said, “President Bush is a liar. He betrayed … the country.” The major media had no problem with any of this even though it would be fairer to say that President Bush was tragically wrong about the WMD’s. The result was a Democrat take-over of Congress, and Bush’s approval rating may never recover. This is the direct result of slanted media coverage.
Recently, when Carly Fiorina called Hillary Clinton a liar, the media was outraged. Chris Matthews said in an interview with her, “You really think that’s a way to engage in a debate, to call your opponent a liar! I’m astounded by that judgment of yours.” The difference between the attacks on George W. Bush and Hillary Clinton is that Secretary Clinton has absolutely lied, and was not just wrong, yet to judge by the mass media’s reaction you’d never know it. Mrs. Clinton, of course, isn’t the only Obama Administration official to be given a virtual free pass on blatantly lying to the country.
When four Americans were killed in Benghazi the President, Secretary Clinton, and all the rest claimed that it was an anti-Islamic video led to the attack. According to the father of one of the slain Mrs. Clinton promised him that the government would “…make sure that the person who made that film is arrested and prosecuted.” Shortly thereafter the film maker was perp-walked off to prison on national TV. In spite of obvious and deliberate efforts to deceive the American people, a supposedly neutral moderator in the Presidential debates jumped in to defend the President when he was clearly lying about calling the Benghazi attack an act of terror. So it’s true, the tree doesn’t make a sound if no one is around to hear it. When people are unaware of the truth lies go unchallenged and there is no public outrage.
President Obama told us we could keep our doctor, and our health plan, and save $2400 a year when he knew it wasn’t true. The Attorney General lied under oath in the Fast and Furious investigations and was found in contempt of Congress. The IRS lied and is still lying while the Justice Department does nothing. Yet there is no outrage. This was not how the press was supposed to protect us from the government.
Yet there is some glimmer of hope on the horizon. A recent Gallup poll shows that 60% of the public have little or no trust in the mass media. Also, some Republicans are finally defending themselves against unfair attacks. Led by Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina, and Ben Carson, they are more and more often rejecting the PC labels and the unfair reporting of the mainstream media. Fox News, far from perfect but better than the rest, talk radio, and the more responsible internet sites give potential voters information that would otherwise be totally ignored or misreported. The bottom line is that there is information out there for those who are willing to look for it. Each and every American should encourage others to do so and to apply common sense to the issues rather than rely on pundits who have an agenda.
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