The Collaboration of the Fourth Estate

December 29, 2012
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Democracy depends on an independent, investigative, even “adversarial” press.  Without the disinfectant of sunshine, corruption runs rampant in the halls of power.

We’ve discussed ad nauseum on this blog the corrupt elite in Washington and New York who are enriching themselves while crushing the middle class and destroying the American ideals of liberty and free enterprise.  For a refresher, see this excellent post by Charles Hugh Smith.

Politically, a Tyranny of the Majority comprised of those who draw direct transfers/benefits from the Federal government, is ruled by the top ½ of 1% financial aristocracy who own the majority of income-generating assets. The minority, who pay most of the taxes (the 24.5% between the majority and aristocracy), will see their taxes rise as the aristocracy buys loopholes and exclusions [WCV note: not just loopholes and exclusions, but immensely profitable  government contracts and bailouts!] while the bottom 50% pay no income tax.

Financially, the Federal government’s spending has outrun the tax revenues being collected. Structurally, Federal expenditures for entitlements (Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Veterans Administration, etc.) will rise as Baby Boomers retire en masse over the next 15 years, while tax revenues will stagnate along with earned income.

There is no way to square these circles.

The political foundation of America is starkly unjust. An entrenched financial Aristocracy buys the complicity of the bottom 50% and retirees with Federal transfers – a Tyranny of the Majority. The 24.5% below the Aristocracy who pay most of the Federal taxes are dominated by this alliance. This may be legal, but is it just? Even more critically, is it sustainable?

It is obviously not sustainable and will end very badly, but that is a discussion for another day.

While the trend toward corrupt, self-dealing statists buying a permanent voting majority with other people’s money has been in place a long time, the collaboration of America’s once proud press is stunning and new.

The print and broadcast media still dominate the national dialogue, and have succeeded in downplaying to outright non-coverage of everything damning to the Obama regime.  It’s as if Woodward and Bernstein helped Nixon cover up Watergate, and outed and smeared Deep Throat as a subversive crank.

Consider the economy.  Remember the relentless drumbeat of “recession,” “hardship,” and “struggling families” stories during the George Bush I re-election campaign?  We got none of that during the Obama re-election, despite the economy being much worse now than in 1992.

How about Benghazi?  The incompetence, utter disregard for American lives, and cover-up should have been the final nail in Obama’s re-election campaign, a Jimmy Carter foreign policy disaster after four years of a Jimmy Carter economy.  But the media were more interested in criticizing Romney’s statement on Benghazi than covering what actually happened.

Fast and furious, Black Panthers, warrantless wiretapping, drone strikes… the list goes on and on.  How much did you hear about those in the mainstream media and how much would you have heard if a Republican were in office?

Journalists have always been left-leaning as a group and overwhelmingly always vote Democrat.  But even when Journolist-ing, though they were using unethical tactics to manipulate an election, they could at least rationalize it by the notion that they were opposing those currently in power, i.e. a truly “adversarial” press.  Now that their guy is entrenched in power, they no longer have that fig leaf.

Journalism didn’t just die.  It went to work for the enemy.

31 Responses to The Collaboration of the Fourth Estate

  1. artist on December 29, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Journos are too busy listing the names and addresses of lawful gun permit holders.

    Interestingly enough, the names, addresses and phone numbers of these journos can be found at the bottom of this link.

    http://www.newrochelletalk.com/content/map-where-are-journal-news-employees-your-neighborhood

  2. allie on December 29, 2012 at 9:54 am

    This begs the old question of who is watching the watchdogs? I have a question for the democrat complicit media and that is what do you think will happen to you when/if the democrats/liberals ever manage to totally take control? You don’t think you will become just peons like the rest of us? Better think again. You will of course deserve to have that happen but all of us do not. Shame on all of you for not doing your job of questioning the democrats as hard as you question republicans. A pox on all of you.

  3. Lesich Pulaski on December 29, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I never leave the Fox News ghetto. Problem solved.

    • Get a Clue on December 29, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      Then how will you watch MSNBC photoshop FAKE photos of Zimmerman to whip up the liberal race pimps?

  4. JimGl on December 29, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    I read as far as ” It’s as if Woodward and Bernstein helped Nixon cover up Watergate” and I lost it. The media have been completely leftist since FDR. Remember “Potemkin(sp)village? Remember McCarthy’s trashing by the press, even though the the majority of the people he investigated were found on the Venona tapes? Or wonder why the Washington Post was so intimately involved in Nixon’s downfall, and why they methodically went after the VP first and then went after Nixon and after he fell the Dem congress refused to fulfill our obligations under the Peace Treaty to supply ammunition to the South Vietnamese when the North attacked. The press has been extremely left since the 30′s, it’s not new, it’s been “hidden in plain view”

  5. ken_phd on December 29, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    JimGI:

    +> it’s been “hidden in plain view”<=

    You are right, of course. The only thing that has changed is the Internet, which has allowed the bias to be displayed and discussed by many.

    Ultimately, the Left can only be defeated by force.

    • The Trolls on December 30, 2012 at 11:15 am

      Force of what? The right lost in the arena of ideas. You can’t mean that. You clearly don’t mean armed force, because that would be as silly as it was 150 years ago.

      Maybe you mean burning it all down, because the House still has the power to take its ball home, destroying this great country.

      • Get a clue on December 30, 2012 at 4:58 pm

        The House has power because you libturds lost the battle on who should control the purse strings. US voters knew libturds cannot be trusted with the budget and that’s why the left is not in charge of the House, you idiot.

      • ken_phd on December 30, 2012 at 9:02 pm

        The Trolls:

        “Force of what?”

        Whatever it takes, bub.

  6. Setnaffa on December 30, 2012 at 6:50 am

    “I’m sorry. Let me get this straight. A guy walks into a school and shoots 20 children, causing a nation to believe it’s time to re-examine gun laws?

    In 2012–just in the USA–1.2 MILLION unborn children were hacked apart and discarded like trash; but that’s okay?

    I think it’s time to re-examine our morals.”

    • artist on December 30, 2012 at 8:35 am

      Remember that abortionist in Philly that was convicted of murdering babies that were delivered? It was about 2 years ago.

      Was there a call for a national discussion about abortion?

      Exactly.

      We’re getting closer.

      • The Trolls on December 30, 2012 at 11:10 am

        False equivalence is an easy argument to make, but carries zero weight.

        • Ben Dover on December 30, 2012 at 3:57 pm

          So proclaims The Trolls.

        • Evan3457 on January 1, 2013 at 7:23 am

          Falsely accusing true equivalence of being false equivalence is an easy argument to make, especially for the trolls.

  7. Stuart P on December 30, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    I’m sorry. Let me get this straight. A guy walks into a school and shoots 20 children, causing a nation to believe it’s time to re-examine gun laws

    • Stuart P on December 30, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      It is sad that this un-logic passes for real conversation. I feel sorry for your family that you might be the person they look up to for guidance and reason.

    • ip727 on December 30, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      The guy walked in, not the gun.He broke the guns laws, so it wasn’t the laws fault.

      • Stuart P on December 30, 2012 at 8:29 pm

        If the above are your real and serious thoughts then you are a deeply stupid low life.

      • bobo on January 1, 2013 at 8:54 pm

        But there was a law banning guns in schools! How dare he violate that!

  8. Balls on December 30, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    HOUSE GOP:
    113 Religion Bills
    73 Family Relationship Bills
    72 Gun Bills
    46 Abortion Bills
    36 Marriage Bills
    33 attempts to overturn Obamacare
    0 Jobs Bill

    GOP the party of Fiscal Responsibility!!!

    • ip727 on December 30, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      Government doesn’t create jobs.Democraps~~the party of class envy

      • Stuart P on December 30, 2012 at 8:31 pm

        No they don’t but they could create conditions favorable to creating jobs or they could do what the GOP is doing which is the opposite of that.

        • ip727 on December 30, 2012 at 8:40 pm

          Obammas socialist intervention, spending, regulations have destroyed 10 million jobs since he took office.

          Taxing and spending isn’t conducive to job creation. Your keynesian sociaism still sucks after all these years.

  9. Ben Dover on December 30, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    The Trolls either has Dissociative Identity Disorder or intentionally creates numerous sock puppets, thinking we may not notice.

  10. Ripley on December 30, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Sorry WC, you’re way off on this one. Nixon and Reagan would have given anything to have today’s press over what they had. About the only righty mag was the National Review and W F Buckley plus a few columnists like G Will, everything else was lefty. Compare that with today with fox news and Limbaugh and talk radio being on practically around the clock. How about Benghazi? Face it, presidents get a pass on foreign policy, Oblamas not going to get hammered over 3 dead in Libya when Reagan got a pass for 300 dead marines in Lebanon and W got a pass for 3000 dead on 9/11.

    • ip727 on December 30, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      Obama did nothing to help the embassy in libya. Reagan and bush had no control over the other two.

      • Mildred Smith on December 31, 2012 at 6:08 am

        I’m sure the bipartisan, year-long investigation will place 100% of the blame on Obama.

      • Ripley on December 31, 2012 at 9:00 am

        Google this—bin laden determined to strike

        If you can find something similar about Benghazi, you might have a case.

  11. Frank Whittaker on December 31, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Why did Chimpy flush the surplus down the toilet?

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