Where are the Woodward and Bernsteins of today?

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During the White House press briefing, as questions about the General Petraeus scandal were mounting, it became increasingly evident that stories weren’t adding up. So much so, that even the press is acknowledging that none of what they’re being told makes sense. And, unfortunately for Jay Carney, one of the very few real journalists left in the mainstream media was part of the press pool yesterday at the White House.

This morning on radio Glenn played the exchange between Tapper and the White House Press Secretary.

TAPPER:  “This investigation had been going on for months.  How is it that the White House didn’t have any idea of this until the day after the election and then congress a few days later?”

CARNEY:  “Well, I would refer you to the FBI.  They have as my ‑‑ as I understand it, protocols in place for when they notify the legislative and executive branches of investigations and, you know, it is simply a fact that the White House was not aware of the situation regarding General Petraeus until Wednesday and the situation regarding General Allen until Friday.  So, you know, the FBI has a place to go in terms of an explanation of the protocols they follow, but I understand that that is the answer that they will give, that there are protocols they follow that govern how they inform the various branches of government of these kinds of investigations.”

TAPPER:  “Well, do you understand how people would think this is utterly bizarre, the day after the election and the anger you’re hearing on Capitol Hill they didn’t know this was going on?  I mean the timing, at least the appearance.”

CARNEY:  “Look.  All I can tell you is when the White House was informed.  And I would let the relevant members of congress explain to you how and when they were informed.  My understanding is there are protocols that the FBI follows with regards to these kinds of notifications and I would refer you to the FBI and the Department of Justice for an explanation of those protocols.”

This administration really has no shame.

“It doesn’t matter how ridiculous, how fairytale‑like it sounds to them, they don’t care.  They just stick to the line: ‘We didn’t know’,” Pat snapped.

Glenn compared what’s happening between the press and the White House to Watergate. Watergate without Woodward and Bernstein.

The fundamentals of journalism have changed — from what journalism students are taught to how they interact with the government.

Glenn explained that journalists are taught Walter Lippmann and they’re taught about Watergate. They’re supposed to be the watch dogs — reporting the truth and holding the country’s leaders accountable to the words that they say as well as their actions.

“What they’re taught is now that they have to get the bad guys in government,” he explained. “They have to go get them because they can change the world, just like Woodward and Bernstein did with Watergate.”

Unfortunately, they’re also indoctrinated with the progressive agenda. So while that’s what they do against the Republicans, but not on the liberal side. There is a complete double standard. They’re job is still to change the world, unfortunately they do it by furthering the agenda of progressives.

If the media reported on the things going on inside the Obama administration with the same scrutiny that they did the Bush administration, there is no way he would have been reelected. In fact, Glenn thinks he would possibly be impeached.

“It’s the coverup.  And you can’t tell me that we didn’t, we didn’t know,” Glenn said. “We did.  These reporters — did any of them ask yesterday — are any of them asking: How could the president not know?  Don’t you think that’s a problem?  I mean, again using logic, does the president not think that this is a problem, that he wasn’t aware of Benghazi?  When everybody around him had that information but he wasn’t told?”

They just disregard the questions and refer reporters back to the FBI.

“That’s all they do when they get in trouble,” Pat said. “They refer you to somebody else.  ‘All I can tell you is it’s a fact we didn’t know until last Wednesday,’ despite how unbelievable that is, to virtually anyone with a brain.  Nobody believes that, unless you’re an Obama zombie.”

So what’s Glenn’s solution? How do you get the truth if the media isn’t going to do its job?

Stop giving the mainstream media all of the power to get the answers.

“You’re not going to win playing their game,” he told his audience. “You have to spit yourself out of the system.”

Which is exactly what Glenn and a few others have done.

“I don’t care if it’s the Daily Kos or, you know, or Breitbart or TheBlaze,” he added, “but you stop getting your news from traditional media.  Stop.  It is the definition of insanity.”

TheBlaze and other outlets, like Breitbart, the Daily Kos, and the Daily Caller, are trying to fill the space that nobody else will.

Glenn encouraged his audience to read the work these organizations are doing — but also to support them. It’s not cheap to take on and do the work the big organizations of the mainstream media have stopped doing.

“We have to reinvent the entire system,” Glenn said,  and it starts really with you.”

  • landofaahs

    They are kissing O’nixon’s butt.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Keep denying and keep lying; they hope that enough time will pass and the matter will go away, which in their arrogance will be their undoing. It will take only one journalist who smells blood in the water, who has some guts, to dig hard enough and deep enough to blow this mess wide open.

    Look at how much effort was needed to get the story out on Watergate until it picked up traction and then detonated upon Nixon.

  • Anonymous

    God is taking away from us, both supply and support: all supplies of food and all supplies of water, the hero and the warrior, the judge and the prophet, the soothsayer and the elder, the captain of fifty and man of rank, the counselor, the cunning artificer and the eloquent orator.

    I will make boys their officials; mere children will govern them. People will oppress each other- man against man, neighbor against neighbor. The young will rise up against the old, the base against the honorable. 

    • BentGhazi

      Regrettably that seems to be exactly what is happening.

      • Anonymous

        …days of sorrows…

      • http://twitter.com/paoligarcy Paolina

         Time to secede. Or do you want to be a part of a socialist nation that will indoctrinate your children?

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YMJUHF4UNZWSLIDRXPSSTOHA3Q Shane

           No, we must continue the fight. Conservatives must support the GOP presidential candidate even if he is a moderate, as Romney is. We should fight for photo ID voter laws in every state, and other measures to fight voter fraud. Hundreds of thousands of military votes were not counted and most of them would have been for Romney. WE can win in the 2014 elections, if the House will compromise with Obama to avoid going over the fiscal cliff.

          • Anonymous

             Is there some way we can validate the fact that military votes haven’t been counted?  I have heard this but how do we really know if it’s true?

        • BentGhazi

          I fought communists. I am not about to say more than that.

  • Anonymous

    Charlie Chan once said that a lie is like a potato chip.  You cannot stop at just one.  The administration has so many running around now they need the FBI to keep track of them.  That is why they keep referring to the FBI.  

  • Anonymous

    Good journalists that dig for the truth? They are out there – They have names like Rachel Maddow, Ezra Klein, Andrew Sullivan, Fareed Zakaria, Amy Goodman, Seymour Hersh, Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, and many others….but of course, Beck listeners have never read any of them. 

    • crazy betty

      you’re being sarcastic, right?

    • BentGhazi

      You really need to dial back the ketamine there, sport.

    • Anonymous

      Why stop there?  Or did you mean to leave Chris Matthews off your list?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_32BELLSITDSU2FU5C4376CL3UU Debbie

      Unfortunately, they only dig for the Republican truth. The Democrat lies are fine with them. Otherwise, they would be digging the truth up on Libya. Hadn’t heard a peep about that from them, have you?

    • Sandie

       Those are the people who dig for what their bias wants them to find, which they then spin like a spider until they have a web which traps gullible leftists like you.
      ja, you amuse

  • http://www.facebook.com/rosey.mulbery Rosey Mulbery

    No one ask “Why did the president not know about this affair? How convenient that this whole
    Mess could show up right after the electionn so Obama doesn’t have to answer for his crimes.

  • BentGhazi

    Apparently the adolescent time line democrats want the public to believe in is seamless to them. They think what ever the lie is, if they say it, we have to believe them.

    Sorry, that crap stopped working around the age of twelve. For adults, proof takes precedent over coincidence, and the lies are like little red flags that the liars can’t see. In their pursuit of calling everyone else gullible dummies, they prove themselves to be the ones suffering that condition to a demonstrably huge degree.

    This president must have tossed Harry Truman’s buck sign out the day he walked into the oval office for the first time. He may want to believe the man in the office of the most powerful person in the world can go through life with no responsibility or consequence, but the vast majority of grown ups in this country disagree with him. 

  • Elizabeth Bracy

    Off topic question- Have any of you installed that device to watch Glenn on the tv and if so how much is it and is it easy to install?

  • http://suzeraining.wordpress.com/ suz

    yes, the press is predisposed to further the progressive agenda.  

    start seriously questioning the intellect of the press.  relentlessly question, out loud,  jake tapper.  glenn gives credit to tapper but tapper is just so/so.  if tapper was any good at what he did he would be that woodward/bernstein guy, but he’s not.

    daily questioning of tapper’s intellect and backbone might make him flinch.

    glenn, don’t you think we’ve got to change the men and woman who are already in the room?  start w/jake tapper.  he’s the best the press has got?

  • http://www.facebook.com/isaiah.corbin Isaiah Corbin

    If the President was a military Officer he would have been relieved of duty.  Check out the military time and see how many commanding officers are relieved for less.

  • Anonymous

    Griffin and Heritage are the new Bernstein and Woodwards. Now if only they are listened to.

    • Anonymous

      Until I read your post, I thought I was the only person that thinks that very thing. These gals are incredible and professional ladies; True journalists. I pray they will bring this asp down.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YMJUHF4UNZWSLIDRXPSSTOHA3Q Shane

    What did Obama know and when did he know it? To whom did Obama give the order to help our people in Benghazi, and why was no aid sent to these people?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/William-Henry/1009472057 William Henry

    The media, during the Watergate scandal, was going after a republican president. The photographs of the prisoners of Abu Graib was plastered all over the front page of the New York Times and they demanded Bush take reponsibility etc etc. Obama has been protected by the media and he refuses to take reponsibility. Even when Osama Bin Laden was targeted this president had to be called from the golf course and he had to wear a jacket to cover his golf attire for the photo shoot.

  • Anonymous

    There is no truth except what Obama says it is. He is a liar and a master of deceit. A large part of our population cannot be bothered with seeking the truth, so they are led by the ring in their nose or the bridle bit in their mouthes. Again I was amazed that so many people could support the worst president of my lifetime, but apparently they did. I say apparently, because some news is leaking out about irregularities in the vote counting. I am not surprised by anything this man would do to maintain control over America. He is dead set on creating a people in his own image because he believes his own press. That he is the only one with the answers and anyone who opposes him is motivated by race.

    Why would anyone want to replace him? Certainly not those who believe in God and Jesus Christ. According to him, we are not a nation founded on the principles of God and Jesus Christ. People do not realize his background with the radicals of Chicago politics and with homegrown terrorist. This is not speculation, it is stated in his biography and he has made no bones about it. It has been documented by those who produced the video “2016”.

    There none so blind as those who will not see. As Glenn points out there are places that we can go to find the truth. He mentions several. Might I mention one for believers. It’s called the Holy Bible.

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