The media are on a kamikaze mission for Obama. Ratings for the evening news on the big TV networks continue to languish and the left-leaning newspaper industry is circling the drain, but they never stop shillin' for Obama. Hey — they might be rewarded with an afterlife (tax breaks, bailouts and non-profit status), so it's totally worth it!
You already know the media are Obama's volunteer PR machine. The MRC lets us know exactly how bad it is. MRC analysts looked at all 982 broadcast evening news stories about Obama and his administration from Inauguration Day through April 29. Here are some of the interesting, though not surprising, things that they found:
- Obama’s first 100 days were defined by massive spending, aggressive intervention in the private sector and proposals for a huge expansion of the federal government. Yet none of the networks aired a single story on whether Obama’s policies were pushing the U.S. toward socialism, and no reporter used the term “socialist” to describe Obama.
- Network reporters never used the word “liberal” to describe either Barack Obama or his agenda during the first 100 days.
- The networks lavished good press on every major initiative of the early Obama administration, including the massive stimulus package, all of the various bailouts, health care, stem cells, the environment and foreign policy.
- In the days before the President unveiled his unprecedented $3.5 trillion budget — with a record-shattering $1.75 trillion deficit — four out of five statements on the evening newscasts parroted the White House spin that Obama was a deficit fighter.
- President Obama’s decision to send thousands of additional troops to Afghanistan was greeted by nearly unanimous (91%) positive coverage — a far cry from the highly negative coverage of President Bush’s successful troop surge in Iraq two years ago.
The Democrats' greed is astonishing. They have the media licking from their palms, but they are still not happy. They want to own their media handmaidens. And so they offer bailouts and tax breaks and non-profit schemes.
If the government continues to subsidize the press with bailouts, tax breaks and gratuitous non-profit privileges, will the press be free? Free to bite the hand that feeds them? Not at all.
Government bailout of the news media is the most dangerous bailout of all. (He who pays the piper calls the tune.)
When did the First Amendment become so inconvenient for the left?
The $140B GE Capital bailout: payback for NBC/MSNBC/Olbermann/Maddow
Under the cloak of corporate responsibility, General Electric seeks to benefit to the tune of billions from the passage of Mr. Obama's health care reform. On its corporate Web site, Healthymagination admits it will use every tool at its disposal to achieve its goals, including NBC Universal, the parent company of MSNBC which offers nearly uncritical coverage of Mr. Obama and his policies. In effect, NBC Universal would become the propaganda arm of the administration's drive for the nationalization of health care, pushing its passage in its print and television properties. (Big hat tip to Bungalow Bill for reminding me about this story.)
Obama Appointee Suggests Radical Plan for Newspaper Bailout.
U.S. Senators Consider Options For Ailing Newspapers
Wash. gov OKs tax cut for newspapers
Solid evidence that even Democrats know that tax cuts are a benefit to business, the economy and the American way of life.
Think about this statement, it really highlights the absurdity of Obama's zero-sum Marxist fantasies: "When you spread the universe around, it's good for everybody.