Politico, however, is slowly awaking from its lulled, hypnotic sleep that many in this nation and among the media fell into a little over six years ago when this man decided to run for the highest office in the land. In a recent Politico article written by journalists Jim Vandehei and Mike Allen, the normally left leaning news page openly admits that they, like many in the press and media, were mastered by Mr. Obama and his strategists literally holding them spellbound by his nearly flawless use of “social media,” “content creation” and “precision targeting.” Vandehei and Allen likened Mr. Obama’s use of “staged leaks” and “friendly interviews” as being on “steroids” compared to how these newer technologies were used, or failed to be used, by his predecessors.
One of the main revelations these two writers came to as a result of Obama’s uncanny ability to mesmerize the press through his use of these technologies was what they have stated as a “balance of power between the White House and the press has tipped unmistakably toward government.” The conclusion they reached as a result of this finding was that this tipping point “is an arguably dangerous development, and one that the Obama White House - fluent in digital media and no fan of the mainstream press - has exploited cleverly and ruthlessly.” What is their prediction for future holders of the office of President? “..future presidents from both parties will undoubtedly copy and expand on this approach.”
Is this awakening too little too late? It could be. What many of us out here in the real world, or at least 47% of us have always known is now slowly becoming a reality for at least one small arm of online news media with a fairly large reading base. Will it matter at this point with Obama still very popular with about 53% of the American public and even higher like-ability ratings overseas and very much remains the darling of most of the liberal, left and mainstream media? Perhaps it will, perhaps it won’t. But, either way at least two reporters in one of these news organizations are beginning to see the light of truth about how dangerous this man and his administration are to the balance of power in this nation and were brave enough to say so on the Politico website.
Even those within the President’s own party are slowly coming around and beginning to question the lengths Obama has gone to usurp power from the Legislative and Judicial Branches of government with his czar-like, over zealous use of Executive Orders and unilateral decision making that effects each and every American life. President Clinton’s old press secretary Mike McCurry went so far to tell Vandehei and Allen that this White House and this President “gets away with stuff I would never have dreamed of doing.” This coming from a man who worked for one of the slickest presidents in U.S. history who knew how to manipulate the press as no other. McCurry seems to be implying that Obama and his White House make the Clinton crew look like rank amateurs.
One of the number one promises then Senator Obama made to the American public on the campaign trail and during his debates with Hillary Clinton when he was running for the office of President in 2007 was that his presidency would be one of the most transparent in American history. Most members of the press, when speaking in their dark corners of the soul would greatly disagree with that citing that if anything, the Obama White House has become more akin to the last couple of years of the Nixon years. According to Ann Compton, one of the stalwarts of journalism, “The way the president’s (Obama) availability to the press has shrunk in the last two years is a disgrace.”
What Jim Vandehei, Mike Allen, Ann Compton, Mike McCurry and many others in the news media are only now coming to realize was very apparent to a small group of us from the very beginning. Barack Obama is a dangerous man who will lie, cheat, manipulate, abuse and misuse anything or anyone to accomplish his intended purposes and goals which for many of us spells the end of the United States of America as it was envisioned by its founders and fought and died for by its citizens for nearly 300 years.
[Obama image courtesy of Fellowship of the Minds]