One of the most important functions of the American media is to hold to account elected officials of whatever stripe for their words and actions. The Obama administration has received tremendously favorable press coverage from the outset of his campaign and continuing into his presidency. This however is apparently not enough to satisfy them as they have launched a well known attack against Fox News for what they call biased and distorted reporting. Fine, Fox News may or may not be biased, and we can talk about the legitimacy or illegitimacy of the president’s actions against them. What we cannot do however, is pretend that the Fox News network is somehow a “power” to be spoken up against, as Obama flak Valerie Jarrett suggests in this CNN interview with Campbell Brown:
CNN, apparently tiring of being too obviously in the tank for Obama and weary of outright lies from the administration, was sharp enough to note Jarrett’s inconsistency:
To the question of whether Fox News is biased, Jarrett replied: “Well, of course they’re biased. Of course they are.”
But when Brown followed up by asking Jarrett if she thinks MSNBC is biased, she quickly downplayed her original remark. “Actually, I don’t want to generalize all of Fox is biased or that another station is biased. I think what we want to do is look at it on a case-by-case basis,” she said. “When we see a pattern of distortion, we’re going to be honest about that pattern of distortion….
“We’re actually calling everybody out. So this isn’t anything that’s simply directed at Fox. We just want the American people to have a really clear understanding,” said Jarrett.
Well that’s nice, but as noted on Hot Air, what is truly shocking is that the senior advisor to the President of the United States, arguably the most powerful political person on the planet, is talking about “speaking truth to power.” Ms. Jarrett, YOU ARE THE POWER!!
It is a stunning development, comedic if not so tragic, to see the exceedingly thin skin of the Obama administration be exposed. Here we have a man who hold the nuclear codes for the nations arsenal at his disposal, for whom entire city blocks are routinely shut down to accommodate his date nights, and for whose words entire nations wait to determine their diplomatic response. And yet his panties are in a twist because GLENN BECK doesn’t like him?? I mean seriously? How spoiled and childish can one be? And how obtuse must be Ms. Jarrett and grievance minded her boss, Mr. Obama, to be using phrases like, “speaking truth to power?”
The phrase speaking truth to power is useful when one is oppressed, or when truth is somehow being systematically suppressed by those in power. In this case, it is Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and the dozens of talk radio hosts from Michael Savage, to Limbaugh, to Phil Valentine, who are in that position. You Mr. Obama and Ms. Jarrett, ARE the power to whom TRUTH must be spoken. It is obvious that Obama has never had to endure anything other than sycophantic approval from his admirers and little but muted critique from his detractors. Not even John McCain in his campaign brought any big guns to bear against Obama, preferring instead to run a muddled and unfocused campaign that few can remember and which led unsurprisingly to Obama’s election.
Mr. President, it is time to grow up!