Wednesday, May 8, 2013

What a Cushion a Compliant Media Makes

Redundancy: an Unhinged Democrat
What we're seeing play out before us in the Benghazi hearings is a combination of media malfeasance coupled with a Democrat Party -- and administration -- emboldened by the former. But since the former has been an ongoing, decades-old phenomena, the latter is growing into a monster that feels it can literally get away with murder. And it has. The black hats are winning everyday, and the people are paying a heavy price.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's earlier Congressional testimony -- in which she infamously stated, "what difference, at this point, does it make?" -- is evidence of the problems we now face in America. We are being ruled led by a group of emotional misfits who feel they can operate with impunity if they only yell loud enough or cry hard enough. And our alleged watchdogs in the media will either fall for the chicanery or participate in it. Yet none will question either the validity of the statements nor the crassness with which they are made. Imagine for one minute how a parent or spouse or child of one of the dead in the Benghazi affair must have felt with Ms. Clinton's angry question.

"Water under the bridge" according to Madam Secretary. "Old news", according to the president's spokesman, Jay Carney. "Time to move on", say them all, but there is still the matter of the truth to be sought and discovered, and we will not rest until we are satisfied that the truth has at last been unearthed.

As important as the Benghazi hearings are for the immediate veracity of the moment, however, there is also the larger picture I feel is paramount in getting our nation back on track, and that is holding the people we select to represent us -- as well as the people selected to inform us -- to the reality that we are not all the stupid sheep they presume us to be. But it is incumbent upon us to also reverse the damage done to our society by the Department of Education and their stranglehold on our children in order to prevent the continued -- and not entirely unfounded -- perception that the elites have of us.

If we allow ourselves to be lied to, the lies will only become bolder and more frequent. It is a natural tendency of a pusher to provide more of that which keeps a user in line, just as the media will propagate more lies if they feel they placate the masses. We must break that addiction by refusing to sit like sponges in front of the TV and accepting what we're told as truth. This will also discourage our politicians from telling a lie that must be covered up from telling them in the first place.

 The Democrats, and to a lesser degree (in my opinion) even the Republicans are all guilty of enjoying the cushion of media complicity. (I say Republicans to a lesser degree simply because most of the so-called  mainstream media are Liberals, but there are those rare times when even a Republican skates on a charge of corruption).

Regarding the Benghazi hearings, I am heartened that we have finally begun them in earnest, and even more encouraged that a major news network has taken notice and reported somewhat about the proceedings. I suppose that when the truth becomes more evident, it is more difficult to ignore, even for a Liberal news outlet.

If only the Democrats on the committee would demonstrate less partisanship and more of a thirst for the truth, then I would be damn near giddy. Sadly, the game between the Liberal establishment and the Liberal media is one of "if we lie, you swear to it", and the practice tends to pull the media lapdogs back into line when the politicians refuse to admit the slightest possibility of error.

I can remember a time when a politician -- when caught -- would resign in shame with not much of a fight, simply because the truth about him (or her) had been discovered and reported. The modus operandi of such people today is outright denial and outrage over the audacity of someone daring to make the charge in the first place. All this has done is give politicians the idea that anything is possible as long as one's poker face could withstand the slightest scrutiny.

It's all a matter of trust, folks. Trust is a commodity most fragile, and once it is violated, rebuilding it is a most daunting task. It is sad that we must try to rebuild that treasure with our journalistic community, and it must noted that most marriages are not strong enough to weather such a storm. Most betrayed spouses end up with someone new. We have also begun trying new partners, such as talk radio and the myriad websites that feed us the information we crave. Can the old-guard networks win us back?

This week is a great test on that question.

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