The mask is off. No more pretending. The dictator is displeased and things have to change.
I think that the effort to suggest that the poor are sponges, leeches, don’t want to work, are lazy, are undeserving, got traction. And look, it’s still being propagated. I have to say that if you watch Fox News on a regular basis, it is a constant venue. They will find folks who make me mad. I don’t know where they find them. They’re all like, “I don’t want to work. I just want a free Obama Phone, or whatever.” And that becomes an entire narrative that gets worked up. And very rarely do you hear an interview of a waitress, which is much more typical — who is raising a couple of kids and doing everything right but still can’t pay the bills.
And so, if we’re going to change how Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) think, we’re going to have to change how our body politic thinks, which means we’re going to have to change how the media reports on these issues, and how people’s impressions of what it’s like to struggle in this economy looks like. And how budgets connect to that. And that’s a hard process because that requires a much broader conversation than typically we have on the nightly news.
As John Nolte notes, Barack Obama knows squat about being poor:
Obama attended prep schools as a child, lived with his well-to-do grandparents in Honolulu as a teen, where he attended Panahou, a fancy private school. Both of his grandparents were well educated; she even worked as the vice president of a bank. For a time, Obama had a nanny! From there Obama attended Occidental College in California, was well off enough to visit Pakistan for 3 weeks; he then attended two of the most prestigious colleges in the country: Columbia and Harvard.
The closest Obama has ever come to experiencing anything close to poverty was during his time as a community organizer in Chicago. And in that dynamic, the poor were just pawns for Obama to manipulate to achieve his political ambitions.
Obama knows nothing of struggle, or what life is like for those who do. And after 7 years of his failed economic policies, we also know he doesn’t give a damn enough about the poor to change his policies in a way that might actually help them.
Obama likes poor people fine — he likes them dependent on the government.
He also likes the news media to do what it’s told.
We have noted here that Obama famously said that he doesn’t watch the news, asserting “Whatever they’re reporting about, usually I know.”
And Obama doubled down, claiming that he doesn’t watch cable news at all!
“He’s a voracious consumer of the printed word — even the electronic printed word — but he doesn’t watch cable news”
said Jay Carney.
But we all know what an incontrovertible liar Obama is. Obama has had a feud with Fox News for a long time. This from 2009:
And the White House has gone beyond words, reports CBS News senior political correspondent Jeff Greenfield. Last Sept. 20, the president went on every Sunday news show – except Chris Wallace’s show on FOX. And on Thursday, the Treasury Department tried to exclude FOX News from pool coverage of interviews with a key official. It backed down after strong protests from the press.
“All the networks said, that’s it, you’ve crossed the line,” said CBS News White House correspondent Chip Reid.
Almost from the beginning Obama has sought to “delegitimize” Fox News:
So why is the White House out to “de-legitimize” FOX? Not because it has opinions, but because its opinion voices are so hostile to Mr. Obama – and because FOX News is, as it has been for a decade, by far the most watched of the cable news networks. In fact, its ratings have increased 13 percent this summer. So if FOX is feeling any pain from the White House’s stance, it’s crying all the way to the bank.
The continued domination of Fox News must eat at the would be Mussolini.
On Special Report tonight Bret Baier wryly noted Obama’s obsession with Fox News saying
“He does seem to have us on his mind a lot.”
Charles Krauthammer added
“Well, the president speaks with such authority about what is on Fox News. He says, ‘if you watch Fox News on a regular basis,’ so he seems well-acquainted with what we do,” Krauthammer told Baier. “I think Fox ought to run a full-page ad welcoming Obama into the viewership of the number one network. He should be proud of us.”
and closed with
“Mr. President, if you’re watching us right now, you’ve got a tick. It can be cured.”
As his Presidency (gratefully) winds down Obama is reaching for powers well beyond any other President and now is angling for control of the press as part of his stated goal of fundamentally transforming this country into a “progressive” (as in Communist) state.
Obama is already well on his way to controlling the internet. Ajit Pai has been screaming at us about that. Control of the press is a natural part of the progression.
If and when Obama denies planning to control Fox News or the internet chills should run down your spine.
All discussions about the current President have the same starting point.
Barack Obama is a galactic liar.
Did you ever see George Bush whining like a little girl about the press?