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This morning (January 24, 2007), I woke up laughing, because my awakening occurred amidst a dream that was so outlandish, yet so timely and relevant, that I could not help but laugh. The dream related to the way that the mainstream media launched Barack Obama into the forefront of the 2008 presidential race, because... well, no one seems to have any idea.
But one man... a (fictitous) American hero --- JACK BAUER --- became determined to find out... in his own, inimitable style.
The Setting: A sneering Jack Bauer, standing in the center of a circle of chairs, in a darkened room, with a lone bright light above his head. In each of the chairs, securely restrained by Jack-tied ropes, is a prominent figure in the mainstream media, including:
Katie Couric, Brian Williams, Charles Gibson, David Gregory, Wolf Blitzer, Diane Sawyer, Joe Klein, Robert Stengel (Managing Editor - TIME), and Richard Smith (Editor-In-Chief - Newsweek).In other words, the first-string team of MSM figures who dish out the same left-tilting bromides and interpretations of the news, day after day, via their respective outlets.
JACK: Now listen, all of you, and listen good. One way or another, you’re going to tell me why you all created "Obama-Mania." We can do this the easy way or the hard way. And if you’ve watched even a few episodes of “24,” trust me, you want the easy way.
Katie Couric: Oh, don’t be such a tough-guy. We don’t have to tell you Jack shi…
JACK (bends over and gets right in her face): Lady, you’re going to tell me what I want to know or so help me, your “perkiness” will be nothing but a horrific memory to America .
Brian Williams: Easy there, Mr. Bauer, sir… she’s just a news anchor. We don’t have as much power as you think…
JACK (with hand now around front of Williams’ neck): Yes, you do. Every evening, tens of millions of Americans tune into your broadcasts. They trust you to report the news – NOT to MAKE the news. Barack Hussein Obama came out of nowhere, and over the past few months, you and your little friends here have made him the #1 contender for the 2008 Democratic nomination, before he even announced his candidacy. I want to know WHY – and you’re going to tell me, one way or another.
Charles Gibson: Um, Mr. Bauer, sir, there’s no need to get violent. We can all get along, can’t we?
JACK: Sure, sure we can. As soon as you all start talking, and explaining this exorbitant pre-campaign coverage you gave Obama, we’ll get along just like old friends.
Diane Sawyer: This is ridiculous!!! We are all independent journalists, and we don’t have to tell you or anyone else why we do the things we do!!! We respond to what our viewers and readers are interested in, and then we…
JACK (putting his finger to his lips…): Lady, you don’t have a CLUE what people are interested in. You and your little pals have been MAKING the news, and most recently, you and your friends have MADE Obama into a superstar. I’m going to find out why – and you are going to help me. Or we’re going to have a problem, and trust me, you don’t want me as your problem.
Joe Klein: Now see here – there’s a thing called freedom of speech in America, and just because I wrote the cover story for TIME about how Obama should… er, I mean, could, be our next president, doesn't give you the right to...
JACK (clamps hand over Klein’s mouth): Yes, there is freedom of speech – and I’m exercising mine, now, at your expense. TALK!!! Why did you create Obama-Mania!?
Katie Couric: OK!!! OK!!! I’ll tell you!!!
Brian Williams: NO!!! You don’t have to tell him a thi…
JACK (looks at Williams, who immediately shuts up; then, to Katie): Go on.
Katie: OK, OK, just calm down!!! It’s because he’s like a walking one-man United Nations. He’s half-black and half-white, he was born a Muslim but converted to Christianity, he claims to be for freedom but advocates policies that are rooted in Marxism. He’s an undercover socialist, which is exactly what America needs right now. All that, plus, he’s G-O-Rgeous…
Robert Stengel: We put him on the cover of TIME Magazine and claimed he’d be a good president because he can speak clearly, he has a penetrating look, and he agrees with all of our leftist ideologies. And even though he said he wasn’t in the race, we felt maybe we could convince him to join it, by giving him a free PR machine that would have cost tens of millions of dollars, that other candidates will have to spend.
JACK: Particularly non-leftists, right?
Joe Klein: Well, right.
Robert Stengel: Joe, shut up!!!
Joe Klein: No, YOU shut up!!!
Diane Sawyer: Both of you shut up!!!
JACK: ALL of you shut up!!! And none of you see anything wrong with doing this?
Wolf Blitzer: No, why should we? We can do whatever we damn well pl…
JACK: Not without consequences, you can’t, you pompous jackass.
Wolf Blitzer: So what if we did it? You, you big man, your days are OVER. What we need is to rebuild America ’s place in the world from what all you warmongers did to it!!! Violence isn’t the solution to every problem!!! Do you know that????
JACK (bends down, goes literally nose-to-nose with him, shouting): America ’s PLACE in the world!?!? As if you had nothing to do with it??? EVERY day and every night, running the worst possible portrayals of what the U.S. is doing in Afghanistan , Iraq and other hot spots!?? REFUSING to cover the progress we are making!?!? The fact that our military has not lost a single battle??? Running the pictures of the real and fabricated deviant activities at Abu Grhaib and Guantanamo for months on end, without giving a thousandth of the time and print space to the measures we’ve gone to, to correct those situations? To punish the offenders? Without telling how we feed detainees gourmet Islamic meals, give them more luxuries and freedoms than prisoners anywhere in the world? These murderers!?!?
And what do you do?!? You portray them as victims, little innocent lambs caught up by the brutal Americans!?!?!?! And THEN, you have the AUDACITY to go take surveys of your readers and viewers to see what they “THINK” of our efforts in the war against Islamic fascism!?? And you claim you have NOTHING to do with how America is perceived in the world!!?!?
You have CREATED that impression, and have reinforced it 24/7 for months and years on end, you lowlife maggot!!! Er, excuse me... (sarcastically)... "Wolf" (snickers).
And I KNOW something about the 24-hour cycle, if you know what I mean.
Brian Williams: Look, Mr. Bauer, sir, if you could just loosen these straps…
JACK: No, I can’t. Not until you finish. How long did you think you could get away with all this?
Brian Williams: We didn’t know. In the news business, once one of us starts something, it kind of snowballs and the rest of us pick up on it, until Americans are overdosed on the story. Then we play it some more, until we can create or find a new “mania” to cover. We need eyeballs, Mr. Bauer, it’s as simple as that.
JACK (sarcastically): Oh really, as simple as that. Well if that were true, then why didn’t you focus all that airtime, and all that ink, on any other presidential hopeful? Why wasn’t this “Guiliani-Mania?” Or “Tancredo-Mania?” Or what about "Paul-Mania" --- you know, Ron Paul, the first Congressional libertarian in memory to run??? Why “Obama-Mania?”
David Gregory: Now look here, Jack…
JACK (gets in his face): That’s “Mr. Bauer” to you, scumbag.
David Gregory: Ahem, Mr. Bauer, sir… I think you already know the answer to that. It’s because Obama is a leftist, and those other guys you suggested, well, aren’t. And Tancredo, eewwww… he’s for a strong border, strong national defense, against illegal immigration, etc.
If we’re going to rebuild our popularity in the world, we have a lot to atone for, and a good place to start is by not being so terribly selfish. We have more than we need, and there are so many who have so little. We need to be more generous, so people will finally start to like us again. And Obama is for open immigration, shares Ted Kennedy’s desire to let all the illegals here become citizens (Democrats), is not going to offend Muslims by going after terrorists and terror cells, and is for all sorts of other welfare-state giveaways.
JACK: So that’s it. You all basically picked Obama out of the crowd, and made him your undisputed favorite for months on end, building his candidacy, wall-to-wall coverage, all because he’s of mixed racial and religious heritage, speaks well, and is handsome. Oh, and because he’s sympathetic to leftist causes. Is that it? Do I have that correct?
Katie Couric: Yes!!! That’s it!!! So what are you going to do about it, big man??? We can do WHAT we want!!! We are the ELITES of journalism!!! And just WAIT until my lawyer finds out that you’ve tied me up to this…
JACK: Lady, I didn’t get the nasty reputation I have for nothing. I could beat you to death with your own perfumed fist and there isn’t a man or woman in this room who’d testify that I did it, or that I was even here. They know it, I know it, and you do too. So shut the hell up until I ask you a question.
Charles Gibson: OK, now that you’ve found us out, what are you going to do?
JACK: That’s the first intelligent thing any of you have asked. And the answer is…
And that is where the dream ended.
But as we all saw on Monday what Jack is willing to do to his own brother to get information...
... who knows what Jack would do to get the MSM to be more fair, more balanced, and to not pick and choose who should be at the top of the presidential derby ticket???
Stay tuned... I'll see if, via biofeedback and bedtime reminders, I can get back into the groove of this dream, and learn the rest of this tale.
UPDATE, JANUARY 25: DOES "OBAMA-MANIA" HAVE REAL LEGS?
Fresh on the heels of "Jack Bauer Interrogates The MSM..." comes this story from ABC:
Hillary's Hollywood Friends Switch Sides: Steven Spielberg and David Geffen Invite Hundreds of Stars to Their Big Barack Obama Fundraiser
"Movie moguls Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg want their Hollywood peers to join them at a Feb. 20 fundraiser the three are throwing for Obama. For $2,300 a person and $4600 a couple, they can meet the candidate at a reception at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Those who commit to raising $46,000 (10 couples/20 tickets) for the evening will be invited to a private dinner at Geffen's Malibu, Calif., home. The fundraiser represents a major slap for Obama's main competitor, Sen. Hillary Clinton, who has received financial support from all three moguls in the past. Their company, Dreamworks SKG, has contributed $47,000 to Clinton since her 2000 New York Senate campaign."Word to the wise: Keep a sharp lookout for new, intensive IRS audits of Spielberg, Geffen and Dreamworks, courtesy of the same vindictive couple that brought America the "Bimbo Eruption Squad," the 1,000 secret FBI files on political opponents ("an innocent mistake"), and other forms of retaliation against anyone who dares to cross them...
(Little Feb. 10 update: Apparently Steven Spielberg already got the "message" from the HillaryCorps - read here)
UPDATE, FEBRUARY 10: APPARENTLY, ABC DIDN'T GET THE MEMO THAT THEY ARE A NEWS ORGANIZATION, NOT A VOLUNTEER "OBAMA-FOR-PRESIDENT" CHEERLEADER SQUAD
As documented by Newsbusters.org:
GMA: The Beatification of Barack Obama
"Is the man running to be president . . . or Saint Barack of Chicago? Hard to tell after GMA's hagiography this morning. The segment was a run-up to Obama's planned announcement tomorrow of his presidential intentions. Obama's own advertising consultants might have balked at the presentation as too over-the-top in its worshipful tone and substance.
Here's what we got: Robin Roberts introduced the segment by saying that while Barack is a presidential front-runner, 'he may also be the least well known.' Was that Robin's way of disputing Hillary's claim to being 'the most famous person you don't know'? Claire Shipman narrated the segment and began by describing Obama as 'calm and charismatic'."
"While the segment's purported purpose was to tell us about 'the least known candidate', note that it was entirely content-free when it came to Obama's political views. That would have required letting us know that Obama is a doctrinaire liberal with ratings to the left of Hillary, and might have spoiled the saint-of-all-the-people image ABC was working so assiduously to portray."
[Note: See here for validation of the above contention]
Read at all here.
Obama couldn't be doing better if he had George (Mr. "De-Nazify America") Soros as his financial sugar daddy. Er, wait... he already DOES.
Gee --- I can't wait until the MSM begins to disclose all this...
FEBRUARY 21 UPDATE: DAVID GEFFEN AND HOLLYWOOD FRIENDS ON HILLARY-REVENGE WATCH
Well... now David Geffen and about 600 of his Hollywood know-it-all leftist pals have been placed on the "Hillary-Revenge Watch List."
For to "betray" Hillary is to invite all the retribution that the Clintons can muster, as was witnessed throughout the 1980s and 1990s. And new IRS audits of their mega-million $ lifestyles should be the least of Geffen & Co.'s worries.
Geffen Acknowledges Clintons Are Congenital Liars
Feburary 21, 2007 --- Editor & Publisher
Wow... who'd have thought that David Geffen is a masochist!? Excerpt:
Maureen Dowd's column in The New York Times today, in which she quoted former Bill Clinton supporter David Geffen offering a few caustic comments, hasWhoa. Sounds like war to me. If only the Clintonistas' "two-for-the-price-of-one" co-presidency were as effective at waging war against jihadist murderers as they are at waging war against anyone who questions or opposes them politically --- instead of emboldening them through half-actions, no-actions and stunning negligence ---, maybe we wouldn't have faced a 9/11.
incited a strong Hillary Clinton campaign attack on Geffen -- and the candidate
he now favors, Sen. Barack Obama. Then Obama's team fired back.
"Everybody in politics lies, but they [the Clintons] do it with such ease, it’s troubling,” Geffen had said.
Clinton campaign spokesman Howard Wolfson released the following statement this morning: "While Senator Obama was denouncing slash and burn politics yesterday, his campaign's finance chair was viciously and personally attacking Senator Clinton and her husband."If Senator Obama is indeed sincere about his repeated claims to change the tone of our politics, he should immediately denounce these remarks, remove Mr. Geffen from his campaign and return his money.
Awaiting new reports on whether or not Hillary will "vote" to launch an all-out assault by her "enforcers" on the Geffen brigade, then disavow it as "an honest mistake."
As if this weren't enough... read on:
Hillary Furious at Hollywood
Feburary 21, 2007 --- NewsMax.com
Hillary Clinton was reportedly "furious” at the three Hollywood moguls and Clinton "friends” who hosted Tuesday night’s fund-raiser for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. Three of the entertainment industry’s biggest names – DreamWorks studio founders Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen – hosted the private Beverly Hills fund-raiser for Sen. Obama, and checks from Hollywood’s A-list of stars – including George Clooney, Eddie Murphy and Barbra Streisand – added up to a one-night take of $1 million.
The New York Post, quoting a source, said Sen. Clinton "was furious at the three, who she thought were her friends, for supporting her rival.” The source said that someone in Clinton’s office even called Geffen.
"They were very angry [the moguls] were holding this event. They calmed down after an assurance was made that there would still be support and money left over for [Clinton].”...
When asked if Obama can stand up to "Clinton Inc.," Geffen replied: "I hope so, because that machine is going to be very unpleasant and unattractive and effective."
Wow. Given the Clintonistas' long record of retaliation against anyone who exposes or challenges their nefarious dealings, or their congenital character flaws, I'd say there are about 600 Hollywood bigshots who had better be watching over their shoulders... because the Clintons and their enforcers are now most definitely on the warpath.
UDPATE APRIL 1, 2007: OBAMA IS JESUS?
Well, one might think this could be an April Fool's joke - but apparently this is no joke. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago has on display a statue depicting Barack Hussein Obama as the Christian savior. Read and see the story here.
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