Is the Press Responsible for the Bergdahl Scandal? (Guest Post)

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To answer the question, “No” – the president is responsible for Bowe Bergdahl’s release. But he could never have done so without an assist from the American press. It’s been no secret that we’ve never before seen an administration where rather than act as watchdogs the press have played willing lapdogs. Actions that had they taken place under George W. Bush that would have seen screaming headlines and dominating news show top stories for weeks get buried, if they’re covered at all. If you’re reading this you don’t need a list of the many scandals that our press help President Obama sweep under the rug.

We’ve seen embarrassments, like the CNN reporter asking the president if Republicans are “Uninformed, Out Of Touch, Or Irresponsible?” Or Candy Crowley in the debates jumping in to lie to help her candidate.We had the president joking that “Most of you covered me; all of you voted for me” him being greeted with a few uncomfortable chuckles from his loyal minions.

One event in particular stuck out in my mind where a few months ago the president got up in front of a room full of journalists and had threw in their faces his problem with the “phony scandals” that were being trumped up. There’s nothing even remotely phony about the scandals, and the fact that the journalists simply sat there and took that kind of insult was absolutely mind blowing. The best analogy I can think of is a fairly tasteless one, but I can’t think of a better one. My apologies in advance if I offend and if you have a better one please throw it down in the comments.

The press suffers from Battered Wife Syndrome with President Obama. They let themselves become so infatuated with him that they never were willing to ask hard questions about the actions that backed his words, or how he treated them. I’ve seen too many leftists so blinded by what they wish the president was that they can’t see the man for who he truly is. As a result when the president fails rather than ask the tough questions as to why he failed they simply assume it’s someone else’s fault and throw blame elsewhere. This is why instead of challenging Obama the many times he has been dead wrong the press have acted as his guardians, promoting whatever spin the White House spoon fed them to send to the masses. So when the president had the nerve and gall to use the phrase “phony scandal” it came across like an abusive husband keeping his battered wife in line.

You could almost picture Obama sitting in his chair wearing his stained white tank top and jawing to his buddies in the room, “Yeah, those were just a bunch of phony scandals, right?” as he turns his head toward his spouse and waving his near empty can of Natural Light at her to tell her to fetch him a fresh beer.1 Meanwhile, the press nervously touches her fat lip and fading shiner and just says “of course, dear” and runs to the kitchen. You could try to have an intervention, but you know the press will just keep saying “You don’t know him like I do – he’s really sweet!”

Drudge summed up this Stockholm Syndrome at the end of 2103 with this gem:

Note how none of the yearender ‘lists’ rank IRS scandal as a top story. Reporters and editors are scared s***less…

Which gets us to where we are today, even if the press has showed occasional signs of life.When the VA Scandal broke, President Obama assumed he could just blow it off and delay it while his friends in the press covered for him until it could become “dude, like two years ago”. Unfortunately, this time the press actually did its job and pushed back on the White House as the scandal grew. Which led us to Bowe Bergdahl. Again, the White House just seemed completely off guard, and absolutely out of touch with reality that they were surprised that there was a backlash over trading five top ranking terrorists for a soldier who is at best a deserter, and at worst guilty of treason. As stupid as this move was, it looks like something that was done in haste without any thought as to how the public might view it, not to mention an assumption that any criticism could be brushed aside with buzz words like “partisan”, “witch hunt”, etc.

It’s almost as if the president was a stereotypical Millennial and had been given “A” grades and gold stars just for showing up, regardless of lack of accomplishment and now is being challenged for the first time in his life. Now that he’s handling adversity where he can’t have sealed divorce records opened or a press that’s ready to deploy whatever talking points he sends them to attack his opponents he has no idea what to do. Luckily for the president allowing Iraq to fall apart on his watch is taking Bergdahl out of the news, and he can stoke up the “Blame Bush” refrain that works so well for distracting the left. And rising oceans, and minimum wage, etc. Would this have happened under President Bush? Would Obama have been more careful than to make a hasty move if he didn’t feel confident that the press would cover for him? We’ll never know, but it would have been interesting to see what the Obama presidency might have looked like had it been given proper scrutiny from day one. Of course, if at so many stages of his career President Obama been given proper scrutiny by the press there could never have been a President Obama in the first place.

One side note as I wrap this up – Remember back in 2013, during the shutdown and the budget negotiations where leftists were calling Republicans terrorists? They were also crowing about how the president shouldn’t negotiate with terrorists – They all seem to have gotten quiet over this point.

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1. This is not meant as a slight against cheap beer. Even though I’m at a point in my life where I’m no longer grabbing the cheapest beer on the shelf, I’ll still happily throw down a Busch Light tall boy. That said, Natural Light is a vile substance that, to borrow an old 80’s tag line for some non-alcoholic beer, “It’s what beer drinkers drink when they’re not drinking beer”. Even if you’re on a budget there’s no excuse for drinking this beer-like substance. If you don’t have the sense to grab better swills like The Beast, Old Mildew or one of the non-toxic alternatives you deserve some flak.

Blogging by the credo of "Making the world a more offensive place, one blog post at a time", Brother Bob started writing posts around the beginning of the Obama presidency over at Brother Bob's Blog. A born-again Existentialist and self-professed libertarian with conservative tendencies, he has ironically chosen to live in the Washington, DC area - deep behind enemy lines. He has always loved history, and spent eight years volunteering as a tour guide on weekends, giving over 200 tours to roughly 2,500 mostly foreign guests. His tours were highlighted by stories generally not found in the history books or most other tours, such as the importance of the Battle if Antietam, the origins or Arlington Cemetery, and dispelling the myths of FDR's New Deal. Although his favorite subject to blog about is Economics, as seen in his Economics for Politicians series, his posts try to address angles that other conservative writers and the mainstream media (naturally!) miss. "There's no point in putting up a post on a subject that someone smarter than me has already written". He believes in the "Happy Warrior" approach, and tries to inject humor in his posts, sometimes successfully. Two such examples are his posts comparing the modern left to the horrible Star Wars prequels, and analyzing the laments of a DC woman in search of a feminist boyfriend. Brother Bob lives with his very patient wife known as Sister Babe, and their fantastic son. Little Bob. Little Bob is also the reason that being a tour guide came to an end, as spending Saturdays raising a son takes priority over giving lectures to foreign visitors on the folly of Keynesian economics. BB is also grateful for the opportunity to take his place among the outstanding writers at Flopping Aces, appreciates every person who takes the time to read his posts, and especially those who join him in the conversation in the comments.

14 Responses to “Is the Press Responsible for the Bergdahl Scandal? (Guest Post)”

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    Nanny G

    And minder makes three: For White House interviews, it’s never just one-on-one

    When NBC News White House reporter Chuck Todd conducts background interviews with government officials these days, he and his source usually aren’t the only ones in the room or on the call. Typically, there’s a third party: A representative of the White House’s press staff monitors the conversation.

    Sometimes, the press monitor interjects…..
    [T]he White House — perhaps the single most intensely covered institution in the United States — may be the most diligent user of the chaperoned interview.
    White House press secretary Josh Earnest complained that The Washington Post had relied too heavily on anonymous sources in a story about how officials had ignored warnings of a budding immigration crisis.

    Implicit in Earnest’s comment: If every interview was attended by a White House press monitor, there would be no anonymous sources.

    Journalists tend to view minders with suspicion, if not outright alarm.

    One White House reporter notes with irritation that minders have sometimes cut off contentious questioning or otherwise interrupted the flow of conversation.

    More broadly, journalists see it as part of a larger official effort to shape their coverage…..

    Having minders around, Peter Baker, who covers the White House for the New York Times, says, “is obviously intended to control the message. Let’s put it this way: It’s not intended to increase candor.”

    What Free Press???

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    Obama made the comment earlier this week that he doesn’t watch much news on TV. If you compare that to his statements when a new scandal emerges, saying he became aware like most Americans on TV, the only media outlet to call him out on it was Fox News. Every other outlet let it slip by. They have returned to their old ways on letting his comments slide.

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    Looking at the pictures of the find young men obama swapped for Burgdal, I’m reminded of the extras used in the movie Snake Pit.

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    This one

    The right is responsible for convicting him as a deserter before inquiries were conducted. And they bought this crap from Fox News. They are also traitorous for not supporting the President who is bound to bring all troops home.

    You guys really got nothing;

    Under Bush: 532 Gitmo Detainees Were Released Including One Suspected in the Benghazi Attack

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    @This one:

    Under Bush: 532 Gitmo Detainees Were Released Including One Suspected in the Benghazi Attack

    No one that was suspected in the Benghazi attack was released by George Bush, Zippy was president during Benghazi, so any suspects in that would have had to be released by Zippy and his crew.

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    I call most of the news media the propaganda media because they are just a brainwashing machine for the liberals. As I have mentioned before, an easy way to tell if a news media is liberal is if they call the USA a democracy. In the Pledge of Allegiance, we pledge, “…and to the REPUBLIC, for which it stands…..

    I have never heard anyone mention this. I finally realized that the propaganda media realized that if they called the USA the REPUBLIC that it is, we would be reminded of the republican party, and they don’t want that, so they call the USA a democracy so you will think of the democratic party instead.

    One easy way to counteract the propaganda media is to call the USA the REPUBLIC that it is, and when people ask you why you call it that, you can POLITELY explain to them why you do.

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    Who are you going to believe; the dishonest paid lib trolls in here, or the troops who served with Bergdahl?

    Well, if you’re on public assistance, and/or a dishonest paid lib troll, then you’ll believe what 0Muslim and the lib media tells you to believe.

    Otherwise, you’ll have many serious questions about Bergdahl and 0Muslim’s disturbing terrorist exchange.

    It’s just that simple.

    No amount of dishonest paid propaganda from the liberal trolls in here can coverup this disturbing terrorist exchange for a very troubled Bergdahl.

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    MOS #8541

    Victor Hugo would have his staff cut the journalistic reviews of his affairs with his multiple concubines from the Paris newspapers before the paper was presented to his wife.
    What do you think the government currently does with the US media? Recall that there only six companies that control all the tv, radio and print media in this country. Not a great deal of extortion is needed to bring these six ownerships under control.
    Palin was right-IMPEACHMENT is LONG OVER DO.

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    @This one: he IS a deserter. He laid down his arms and walked away from the camp. He went AWOL. when you go AWOL, you are deserting. Obviously you don’t know a lot about the military. Regardless his reason, he swore with his right hand in the air when he joined the military. There are rules and regulations and if you do not abide there are consequences. He has been given a desk job with admin duties until the investigation is complete. The known is, he DESERTED his unit.

    IF he was held captive why was he allowed to marry and have a child? Why were the people he left upset they didn’t get to say good-bye? This doesn’t exactly sound like a POW. Read about John McCain and what he endured as a POW. There is a big difference.

    He needs to spend some quality time in Leavenworth.

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