British columnist Simon Heffer, on Obama’s fall from messianic grace and indignation with Fox News.
Despite the efforts of some sections of opinion to talk the place up, America is mired in unhappiness, all the worse for the height from which Obamania has fallen. The economy remains troublesome. There is growth – a good last quarter suggested an annual rate of as high as six per cent, but that figure is probably not reliable – and the latest unemployment figures, last Friday, showed a levelling off. Yet 15 million Americans, or 9.7 per cent of the workforce, have no job. Many millions more are reduced to working part-time. Whole areas of the country, notably in the north and on the eastern seaboard, are industrial wastelands. The once mighty motor city of Detroit appears slowly to be being abandoned, becoming a Jurassic Park of the mid-20th century; unemployment among black people in Obama’s own city of Chicago is estimated at between 20 and 25 per cent. One senior black politician – a Democrat and a supporter of the President – told me of the wrath in his community that a black president appeared to be unable to solve the economic problem among his own people.
I can only guess which black politician made the comment, but here’s a newsflash for him:
The Democrats have controlled America’s urban areas for almost half a century. It’s a symbiotic relationship; they maintain power through the (willing) victimization of minorities. The culture of entitlement is what keeps them in office.
……”Obama’s big problem,” a senior Democrat told me, “is that four times as many people watch Fox News as watch CNN.”
The Fox network is a remarkable cultural phenomenon which almost shocks those of us from a country where a technical rule of impartiality is applied in the broadcast media. With little rest, it pours out rage 24 hours a day: its message is of the construction of the socialist state, the hijacking of America by “progressives” who now dominate institutions, the indoctrination of children, the undermining of religion and the expropriation of public money for these nefarious projects. The public loves it, and it is manifestly stirring up political activism against Obama, and also against those in the Republican Party who are not deemed conservatives. However, it is arguable whether the now-reorganising Right is half as effective in its assault on the President as some of Obama’s own party are.
Technical rule of impartiality? Heffer, you’re so full of shit, your eyes are brown. The BBC is in no way, shape, or form, “impartial”.
For eight years during the presidency of George W. Bush, there was no shortage of 24 hour rage on the part of the MSM.
In 2008, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, NBC, and CNN were so far into the tank for Obama, they served as a campaign wing. There’s a contingent of fanatical Obama sychophants who believe he can do no wrong. Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Katie Couric, Charles Gibson, Anderson Cooper, Rachel Maddow, Joy Behar and Terry Moran still salivate over Mr. “Cool on Display”, and spew blind rage against Tea party patriots and Republicans.
When Fox News presents the opinions of Americans who oppose the “fundamental transformation” of the United States into a socialist quagmire, Heffer, the MSM, and Obama the Boy Wonder, get their panties in a bunch.
“Funemployment” is at 15%. Obama looted the treasury and taxpayer’s pockets to pay for his spending/stimulus/bailout frenzy. His cabinet and political appointees would make Karl Marx blush with pride; Andy Stern, Kevin Jennings, Mark Lloyd, Cass Sunstein, Carol Browner, Jeff Jones, and Valerie Jarrett, are avowed, dyed-in-the-wool socialists. The public likes Fox News for a reason; it advocates the same things we do; the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and limiting the government as the founders intended.
Don’t shoot the messenger, Heffer.