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A Slobbering Love Affair: The True (And Pathetic) Story of the Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media

By Bernard Goldberg

By Bernard Goldberg

After Barack Obama won the election he realized that the economy was worse than he thought…so he had to lay off seventeen journalists. (Rim shot…thanks, I’ll be here all week.  Try the veal.) 

The reason that even liberals get that joke is because, like most humor that works, it has an air of believability about it.

How much of an air? Well, the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press asked registered voters a simple question: “Who do most reporters want to see win?”

Seventy percent answered “Barack Obama.” Seventy percent! (90% of Republicans said the media was in the tank for Obama and so did a remarkable 62% of Democrats and Independents!) Just 9% said they thought the media favored McCain (and we can only hope they don’t let those people have sharp objects). The rest said “neither” or “don’t know.”

But here’s the real bad news: The mainstream media doesn’t care about those poll numbers. They’re riding high at the moment. They refuse to see the damage they are doing to themselves and to the nation.

Why the Corruption of the Media Matters

Back in 1972 I was a young producer for CBS News covering George McGovern’s presidential campaign. Pat Caddell, now a popular political analyst, was a young man just out of Harvard who was doing polling for the candidate.  McGovern lost the election, of course, (he carried just one state, Massachusetts) and Nixon won a second term.

I ran into Caddell at a political conference in Florida nine days after the 2008 election and asked for his thoughts about the mainstream media.  They were more biased than ever, he said, before launching into a bit of history to put the current mess into perspective.

“There is one institution in America which has no checks and balances,” he told me. “And that is the press. And there was a reason for that. It wasn’t that the Founding Fathers loved the press. It was because the press was supposed to protect the country. That’s why Jefferson said, ‘I would much rather have newspapers without a government than a government without newspapers.’ But when [the media] leaves the ramparts and becomes a partisan outrider for one party or the other or one candidate or the other— essentially [deciding] who should be president and who should not be president, what truth people should know and what truth they should not know, then what they become, what they constitute, is a threat to democracy.”

“Why,” he asked me, “should the American people support the First Amendment if the press isn’t going to do its job for them.”

And that’s when this whole “media bias” thing starts to get really scary.

Caddell worries that someday a demagogue is going to come along, somebody who makes Huey Long look like a shut-in. Somebody, Caddell told me, “who gets up at the start of his campaign and says, ‘I want you to see the press. They are the enemy of the American people. They will do everything they can to stop me because they want to stop you.’ And the American people will believe it. What if this is the most dangerous man that ever came along? Nobody will care what the press says.”

And that, my friends, is why the corruption of the media matters. The press has constitutional protections for one main reason: to keep watch over a powerful government.  The fundamental job of journalists is to look out for us - the American people! If nobody cares what the press says, journalists will be watchdogs in name only. They may bark from time to time, but nobody will listen. And their weakness will make it easy for a corrupt government to get away with murder.  That is the danger we all face when the mainstream media goes on their “noble mission” to make history.

The Tipping Point

The grim reaper is knocking on the mainstream media’s door. Many newspapers are on the brink of financial collapse and network newscasts don’t have nearly the ratings of years gone by. But still, they remain gloriously oblivious. They have reached a tipping point but refuse to believe it. The corrosion that is eating away at their credibility has been happening slowly. It’s like acid rain; one day you look around and all the trees are dead. Nobody pays attention until it’s too late.

And when they become so irrelevant that no one listens to them anymore, they undoubtedly will lash out at their critics for poisoning the well. They will remain arrogant and clueless and blame the media bashers for damaging their standing with the public. But their demise won’t come from the outside. It will be an inside job, the result of one too many self-inflicted wounds.

When that day comes it will be very bad indeed for the mainstream media. But it will be an even worse day for America.  Let’s just pray that their demise doesn’t also lead to ours.

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Bernard Goldberg is a New York Times best-selling author.  His titles include Bias, Arrogance, 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America: (And Al Franken is #37), and Crazies to the Left of Me, Wimps to the Right. His latest best-seller A Slobbering Love Affair: The True (And Pathetic) Story of the Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media is on sale now. To learn more, go to www.bernardgoldberg.com/

On the radio program this week, Glenn Beck and Pat Gray discussed a series of recent polls that suggest presidential nominee Joe Biden's expected lead may be slipping with traditionally Democratic voters.

A new poll conducted by the Jewish Electorate Institute shows that two-thirds of Jewish voters still plan to vote for the Biden-Harris ticket in November. However, President Donald Trump's support within the Jewish community is also the highest among any Republican candidate in recent history.

In more bad news for Biden, a CNN poll (yes, CNN) released last month showed growing support for President Trump among black voters in swing states. Meanwhile, his support among Latino voters remains at roughly 33%.

"I don't think it's going to go the way the Democrats hope that it will," Glenn said of the election. "If you look at the groups that the Democrats have carefully fostered ... that's falling apart. If Donald Trump can grow that by 5%, and hurt the Democrats by 5% ... that alone could swing the election."

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We're being set up for a civil war. The Left is grooming us for an Eastern European-style revolution this election, and they're not even trying to hide it any more. The playbook for Mainstreet USA is the exact same that has been used in places like Ukraine, initiated by the same people in order to completely upend the American system.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck takes us through a tale of three chalkboards that will connect the dots: the Obama admin in Ukraine, the State Department's relationship with George Soros, Black Lives Matter and Antifa riots, the Great Reset, public school indoctrination, mail-in voting. It all points to something dangerous happening in November if we don't act now.

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The left has already determined that the wildfires raging across the West Coast were definitely caused by climate change and Big Tech is determined to silence anyone who dares suggest otherwise. Facebook even announced a sweeping policy on Saturday to remove posts that claim the fires were caused by arson from far-left activists.

But on his radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck revealed multiple arrest records for suspected arsonists in California, Oregon, and Washington — and several of those charged and arrested were also instigators in Black Lives Matter rallies, violent protests, and Antifa riots. He also called out the "news gods" in Big Tech, daring them to try to censor his video.

"I asked my staff, to see if there was any evidence [of arson] on the fires. And I don't mean evidence from Twitter. I mean evidence. Is there anybody who has been arrested for arson?" Glenn said. "Well, here they are. And YouTube and Facebook, go ahead. I want you to demonetize this clip. I want you to somehow or another say that we're lying. I want you to throttle this. Go ahead. Because then you're going to have to explain what we got wrong. And I happen to have all the documents right here. So my attorney is really ready for that throttling or demonetization. You say you're a protector of the truth? Great, here it is."

Glenn read off the first 10 arrest records, which combined allege the destruction of more than 120,000 acres and 700 structures, as well as tens of thousands of people evacuated from their homes.

"You want to tell us, PolitiFact, how you came to the conclusion ... that there was no arson in these fires?" Glenn asked. "Can you tell me how you came to that conclusion? Because your fact-check seems to be entirely false."

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Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders joined Glenn Beck on this week's podcast to share her unique perspective as a trusted adviser and confidante to President Donald Trump for two and a half years, which she also details in her new book, "Speaking for Myself: Faith, Freedom, and the Fight of Our Lives Inside the Trump White House."

Sarah described the unprecedented levels of corruption she saw firsthand during the Russia probe and shocking lengths to which Democratic leaders and the mainstream media would go to "take the president down."

Sarah said she often saw sides of Donald Trump that the media never covered. Recently, she went on the record denying the Atlantic's claims that the president mocked our military during a 2018 trip to France. She was on that trip, she told Glenn, and her account of what really happened paints a very different picture.

"The people who are making this outrageous charge are such cowards for doing so in an anonymous way. If you really believed this, and believed it was wrong, one, why did it take you so long? And, two, put your name on it the way the rest of us have," Sarah said.

"He didn't say those things. Not only was I there that day, Glenn, I spent two and a half years traveling all over the world with the president, watching him interact with men and women of our armed forces almost every single day during that two-and-a-half year period," she added.

"This is a person who loves America and loves the people who allow the rest of us to live in America, free, and have prosperity. And I got to see that a lot. I think it is shameful that people are trying to distort who he is and what he has done, particularly when it comes to the men and women in the military."

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