Posted by Curt on 8 June, 2009 at 11:53 am. 13 comments already!

A few days ago ABC noted a list of the top 100 political blogs and Flopping Aces made the list. Number 62 to be exact, ahead of some might fine blogs (take it with a grain of salt tho….check it out, Hot Air and Ace of Spades didn’t make the list, wacky). The sad thing is that these blogs are pretty much the only source for information that would dare be critical of Obama seeing as how our msm display a embarrassing amount of bias for him. For example, Evan Thomas of Newsweek calling him some kind of god:

Granted, he is not calling him God but rather, literally, saying that compared to other men he is all-knowing and all-powerful.

Then we have Brian Williams who’s “unprecedented” access to the White House led him to produce an embarrassing lovefest for Obama. It was so bad even Jon Stewart, a man not know for unbiased opinions, had to make fun of it:

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Partial transcript via Newsbusters:

  • JON STEWART, HOST: This is a huge coup for NBC. When you get this kind of unprecedented access, you can cross-promote.
  • BRIAN WILLIAMS: The TV version of the “West Wing” on NBC has only been off the air for three years.
  • WILLIAMS TO OBAMA: Have you seen the depictions of you, Fred Armisen, “Saturday Night Live,” what do you think?
  • STEWART: And speaking of Chuck, look who’s just stopped by, Zachary Levi star of “Chuck” returning this fall. Mr. President, do you find “NCIS” has become formulaic? One final question: Today, must-see TV is just a suggestion. You have the power to make it Law…and Order.
  • STEWART: By the way, the show’s host clearly has the hots for the breakout star.

And then you have Richard Wolffe who worked alongside the Olbermonkey praising every single footstep Obama made while not disclosing to those who employ him and those who use him for information that he was in cohoots with Obama writing a book about him. A book that Obama even suggested the name for:

It was Barack Obama himself who first proposed that Newsweek reporter Richard Wolffe make a play to be this generation’s Theodore White—the legendary journalist whose insider account of the 1960 election painted John F. Kennedy in heroic light.

In the 2008 version, Obama provided the insider access. And Wolffe lavishly delivered on the heroic-light end of the bargain.

But the early response to his new book, “Renegade: The Making of a President” has made one thing clear: Wolffe is not living in a Teddy White era of journalism.

Far from vaulting him to the top ranks of the profession — as happened to White and a parade of other reporters with intimate access to winning presidential candidates —Wolffe’s Obama journey ended with him out of mainstream political reporting, making his living as a public relations operative.

And far from being the toast of Newsweek, which once built its franchise around reporters who were close to the powerful, Wolffe now has a frosty relationship with his former employer.

At a book party at Washington’s Café Atlantico Monday night, there were quail eggs and caviar but no Newsweek editors, who declined to speak on-the-record about Wolffe or his book.

Some of his former colleagues grumble privately that the magazine gained little of news value from Wolffe’s access to Obama and his inner circle, and suggest he lost detachment as he became more enraptured by a politician with whom he shares personal and ideological sympathies.

Of course once the book was out he could no longer pretend to be a journalist, but rather a PR man for Obama. He used his access to enrich himself rather then report the facts, ask the tough questions, and criticize the man when it was deserved….and there has been plenty to criticize him for so far.

This is the media that is watching our President folks.

Robert Samuelson see’s it as dangerous:

The Obama infatuation is a great unreported story of our time. Has any recent president basked in so much favorable media coverage? Well, maybe John Kennedy for a moment, but no president since. On the whole, this is not healthy for America.

Our political system works best when a president faces checks on his power. But the main checks on Obama are modest. They come from congressional Democrats, who largely share his goals if not always his means.

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The infatuation matters because Obama’s ambitions are so grand. He wants to expand health-care subsidies, tightly control energy use and overhaul immigration. He envisions the greatest growth of government since Lyndon Johnson. The Congressional Budget Office estimates federal spending in 2019 at nearly 25 percent of the economy (gross domestic product). That’s well up from the 21 percent in 2008, and far above the post-World War II average; it would also occur before many baby boomers retire.

Are his proposals practical, even if desirable? Maybe they’re neither? What might be the unintended consequences? All “reforms” do not succeed; some cause more problems than they solve. Johnson’s economic policies, inherited from Kennedy, proved disastrous; they led to the 1970s’ “stagflation.” The “war on poverty” failed. The press should not be hostile, but it ought to be skeptical.

Mostly, it isn’t. The idea of a “critical” Obama story is one about a tactical conflict with congressional Democrats or criticism from an important constituency. Larger issues are minimized, despite ample grounds for skepticism.

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The press has become Obama’s silent ally and seems in a state of denial. But the story goes untold: Unsurprisingly, the study of all the favorable coverage received little coverage.

And while unemployment hits figures haven’t seen since 1982 our media still fawns over Obama’s date night in Paris.

This is our media….

Any wonder the paper news and many of the network news are failing while the alternative media, such as Flopping Aces, is gaining popularity?

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