Has The Media Become Irrelevant?

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Who can forget the heady days of 1972-1974, when the Watergate scandal dominated the media? I’m no fan of Richard Nixon, but compare how he was handled by the Washington Post to how this same paper is giving the kid gloves treatment to Barack Obama. No objective observer can dispute that the crimes of the Nixon administration pale in comparison—in both quantity and severity—to those of the current administration.

Finally, though, there are some negative pieces in WaPo, including a front page story on December 2nd noting that:

The enrollment records for a significant portion of the Americans who have chosen health plans through the online federal insurance marketplace contain errors—generated by the computer system—that mean they might not get the coverage they’re expecting next month.

The errors cumulatively have affected roughly one-third of the people who have signed up for health plans since Oct. 1, according to two government and health-care industry officials. The White House disputed the figure but declined to provide its own.

Kind of a bombshell, don’t you think? Possibly as significant as a break-in at DNC headquarters, in a election where Nixon squeaked by with a 520 to 17 electoral vote advantage over the late and unlamented George McGovern? For those too young to remember, that event and its ill-fated cover-up dominated the US media for two years!

Here’s my take:

The media these days is irrelevant, except to a small number of enthusiasts. Think of it as the warnings recited during every pharmaceutical commercial on TV. Very often, death itself can be a side effect; but no one seems to care. Thus, the bad news is hiding in plain sight.

As such, WaPo can run the occasional story about Obama, and it won’t change a thing. Even his most ardent supporters now realize that he is a smooth-talking incompetent buffoon, surrounded by more incompetent buffoons. However, they have way too much invested in this. And besides, since any criticism of any black person for any reason at any time is always racist, who cares?

Most people accept that they can’t do anything to stem the tide, and our best strategy is to wait for Obamacare (and the rest of his pernicious agenda) to collapse under their own weight.

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