Illinois Sen. Barack Obama has already done his level best to stifle outspoken critics of his policies and himself, whether it be through the “Truth Squads” employed in Missouri or the petitioning of radio stations in Chicago and elsewhere in an attempt to prevent journalists such as David Freddoso, Stanley Kurtz and Jerome Corsi from taking to the airwaves.
Now, he has cut off access for an Orlando-area television station because anchorwoman Barbara West dared to ask tough ideology- and policy-specific questions during an interview with Obama’s vice presidential choice, Delaware Sen. Joe Biden. Later, Obama’s campaign called West’s conduct “unprofessional” and “combative.”
For asking tough, valid questions?
Perhaps Biden and Obama just cannot walk straight with the shoe tied firmly onto the other foot.
When Joseph Wurzelbacher dared to ask a question about how Obama’s tax plan would affect his shot at attaining the American dream, how it would burden the plumbing business he was hoping to purchase, he watched as the Obama-loving mainstream media tore his life apart and, within 24 hours, caused him to lose his job, and exposed his financial past for all to see. Now, when the questioner was different, when the questioner was not merely an American citizen but rather by trade a professional journalist, Obama’s campaign maligned her professionalism.
Is this what we have to look forward to in a possible Obama adminstration? Will the White House press corps be limited to questioning the contents of President Obama’s iPod, or what the First Lady thinks of Tyra Banks’ talk show? What hope do we have, with a presidential campaign that defends its proposals by manhandling the media, for transparency in an actual presidential administration?
Alask Gov. Sarah Palin is forced to address her support for the firing of a state trooper that had threatened her father’s life and tasered a 10-year-old boy. Her daughter is called a “whore,” her husband called a “hick,” and she herself is deemed by many to be an undereducated fool. Cindy McCain is subject to criticism on her physique, and her marriage is torn apart. The mainstream media seems to have no problem whatsover going after every aspect of the lives of those on and supporting the GOP ticket, yet one anchorwoman actually points out that Obama’s hopes to “spread the wealth” looks more Communist Manifesto than U.S. Constitution, and she’s asked whether she was “joking” and then dismissed as combative and unprofessional.
Considering the left’s attitude toward the Fairness Doctrine, and Barack Obama’s hope for nationalizing everything from mortgages to healthcare, I wonder if after four years of an Obama administration, the nature of the media in the United States will look more like the dynamic in Venezuela or the former Soviet Union.
Joe Wurzelbacher said that it was “scary” that a mere citizen like himself could not simply ask a question of a presidential candidate. I think it’s a whole lot scarier when the media cannot either.