It does occasionally pay to read “the state-sponsored press.”
First, I want to explain what I mean by that term. Indeed, there really is a portion of the American establishment press, sometimes euphemistically labeled “the mainstream press,” that is both technically accurate and artfully accurate to call “state-sponsored.”
National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting Service are both actually subsidized by government – though they don’t like to think of themselves or describe themselves that way. Are they really likely to bite the hand that feeds them? Are they really likely to report on fraud, waste and abuse in government knowing that they are, in fact, as large corporations recipients of wasteful, redistributive government spending? Not likely. So for the officially “state-sponsored press,” they represent the first line of the government-media complex, if you will.
The next tier of the government-media complex are the news agencies owned by large, multinational corporations that often require approval by the government for acquisitions, mergers and all kinds of other regulatory matters. That’s why you will often find these corporations making major political donations to both parties. It’s a protection racket.
The third tier of the government-media complex – and both the other tiers include these elements, too – has to do with the business deals of major investors and executives, the politics and worldview of those in the newsroom and the desire of news people to be “insiders” who at all costs require access to government officials. It gets more complicated here. But stories are often killed or are never even considered because of the sacred cows of owners and managers of the news. Likewise, journalists have always tended to be more “liberal” in the modern use of that word, meaning they do not think government is part of the problem, but rather part of the solution. And both reporters and executives want access – to the right social gatherings, interviews, centers of power.
This is why it is artfully accurate to refer to all of the “establishment press,” or what we euphemistically call the “mainstream press” as the “state-sponsored media.” All of them promote, whether they know it or not, bigger and more powerful government. Another way to put that is they support “unlimited government,” which is a wholly un-American idea.
That represents a somewhat lengthy introduction to my point – why I read “between the lines” of “state-sponsored media,” so you don’t have to.
Earlier this week I was doing just that and discovered one of those news stories that, if read with discernment, reveals how and why certain Republican leaders are so willing to dance to the tune of the Democrats, including Barack Obama.
It’s the same psychology. It’s about personal power and access.
A story was about how wonderful it is that there is some “bipartisanship” developing between Republican members of Congress and the guy in the White House.
It probably won’t come as any surprise to you to discover the identity of Obama’s best front-door friend, or, as Politico describes him, “The One” Obama has been searching for.
His name is John McCain, his hapless “adversary” in the 2008 presidential election.
“We have been looking literally for years for someone we can cut deals with, and finally someone has stepped up,” a White House official told Politico.
“West Wing aides say they now talk with McCain roughly every other day,” the story continued.
Disappointed? Probably not. Chances are, you already deduced this.
But it gets worse.
“McCain, to hear fellow Republicans tell it, has finally found The Two he has needed to make such conversations worth the bother: Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat who can actually get things done in the Senate, and Denis McDonough, a White House chief of staff who actually cares what senators say and think and do,” reports Politico. “While Obama and party leaders clash endlessly and hopelessly, these three men are showing it is possible to put aside political and personal grievances to get consequential stuff done, even in Washington’s currently twisted state.” (Emphasis added).
Do you get the point?
Here’s an example of the press (and you can find these every day if you are looking) actively cheerleading our “public servants” doing stuff, making deals, expanding power, passing legislation, advancing the agenda of a government far exceeding its constitutional limits on a daily basis.
And you thought there weren’t enough checks and balances in government – enough conflict and tension between competing ideas? There you have it. This is the way you undermine the very notion of representative government in favor of personal empowerment and backroom deal-cutting.
Here’s more about how these politicians undercut America’s interests and get nothing but praise from the state-sponsored media for doing so: “They would never say it this way, but more often than not, they do it by going around those party leaders – their bosses – who seem stuck in fights they will never be able to end.”
“This new alliance has resulted in an immigration bill and a deal to avoid the nuclear option for confirming nominees, and is in preliminary conversations to avert a government shutdown over the budget. It has created trust – tenuous but real – among these three officials (and others) who can deliver results.”
McCain may be Obama’s BFF, but he couldn’t do it without helpers. Again, the names might not surprise you, but this report offers confirmation for what most of us already understood: “The return of McCain the Maverick rankles many Republicans, but he can reliably count on seven to 10 GOP senators to back him, including Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee.”
The fix is in.
No matter how angry the American people might be about amnesty, the fix is in.
No matter how angry the American people might be about skyrocketing debt, the fix is in.
No matter how angry the American people are about Obamacare, the fix is in.
And the state-sponsored press couldn’t be giddier about it all.