They can get a new president but they can’t get a new media

A bit of lamenting on a shrinking presidency:

He is not the commander-in-chief. He is the moral narcissist in chief. It’s not “I think, therefore I am.” It’s “I believe — therefore it is.”

But most of the country seems to realize that now. And his poll numbers reflect it. Sometimes it seems as if his only real supporters are government employees, food stamp recipients, and the editorial board of the New York Times. Whatever the case, that 2004 speech to the DNC is so far in the rear view mirror we might as well be on Battlestar Galactica.

There’s been a bit of that around with the polls showing Obama as the least popular president since who knows when. But it is still odds on that Hillary will win in 2016, shallow and ignorant though she may be. The media bias is so pronounced that as much as things are going from bad to worse in every part of American society, the guidance that a free press would provide is gone. If we can be more than a year into the IRS scandal with no end in sight, on just that count alone, the potential for internal self repair remains invisible.

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72 Responses to They can get a new president but they can’t get a new media

  1. Badjack

    It seems it is catching. We are still following the yanks.

  2. murph

    The Bolsheviks are using a very simple strategy. Their propaganda technique can be summed up as follows: harass weak willed, weak minded people into shame about who they are and what they believe. That’s why Abbott is in trouble and will stay in trouble – the average swing voter is too easily harangued into hating him.

  3. What I’d like to know is who or what is going to fill the gaping hole left by the USA when it’s sucked into the tyranical sink hole between the Atlantic and Pacific? The natives around the planet are getting restless now!!??! When the potential for projected power still exists. What happens when that projected power is no longer possible? Can’t be pretty, whatever you come up with.

  4. MartinG

    murph
    #1369887, posted on July 5, 2014 at 1:02 am

    That’s why Abbott is in trouble and will stay in trouble – the average swing voter is too easily harangued into hating him.

    He has never run a business, he knows nothing about economics, his budget is a dogs breakfast of extra personal tax and discriminatory company taxation. His budget also lacks direction and fails to prioritize the reduction of the budget deficit. He talks about cutting the deficit and at the same time being the infrastructure supremo.
    Geezas does this man not know about prioritization , natural progression and the principle of KISS.

    He has just over two years to get his act together. Be afraid be very afraid.

  5. Blogstrop

    If the conservative Americans don’t “get out the vote” next time around, there may eventually be some extreme ones who get out the guns.

  6. Stephan

    The media’s not the problem. Most people know Obama is a weak, phony corporatist.

    The problem is the ‘alternative’ has gone so far off the reservation (and are even more captured by corporate interests) that any Democrat seems like the sane choice. That takes some serious skill.

  7. Bruce of Newcastle

    We’re seeing the consequences of the move to journalism university courses. When Jeremy Paxton retired from the BBC recently he said that the program he fronted was

    made by a bunch of ’13-year-olds’ who were on a ‘fool’s errand’ trying to change the world.

    ie lefties.

    What has changed very noticeably in the last decade or two is the religious progressives in the media have hardened up their positions, and come firmly out of the closet. Its coincided with the rise of Fox News, which started in 1996, and has become popular precisely because the other media outlets have swung solidly and shamelessly to the left. Unfortunately the journalism schools are aiding this by churning out clones of Margaret Simons from places like her Centre for Advanced Journalism at Melbourne Uni.

    Unfortunately the world changing 13 year olds are killing their own profession by running dead on lefty scandals, which are happening more and more precisely because the lefty pollies know they can get away with it. So advertising revenue is drying up and moving online, because people no longer watch or read them.

    Its got a way to go yet, but the MSM is killing itself in front of our eyes. In 20 years the media world will be completely different.

    And while it’ll be nasty, especially the 2016 presidential election, at least we have Ramirez to soothe our pain in the interim:

    The “Teflon Tyrant” (In 1 Cartoon)

  8. feelthebern

    America.
    The land of the 29.5 hour work week.
    It is heart breaking to see what that country has become in just 6 years.

  9. Baldrick

    America may survive Obambi but another eight years of bleeding heart Democrats, in the form of Hilarity Clinton, will seal its fate.

  10. Petros

    Murph, read MartinG’s response. I’ll be paying more tax under Abbott than I did under Labor, and yet the ALPBC is still funded and still sprouts its socialist propaganda. Guess what, I won’t be voting for him again. Are there any real conservatives in the Liberal party?

  11. johno

    How can there be polls showing Obama is an unpopular President! If that was true, I would have heard about it on my ABC. When George Bush was President they were always telling us about how unpopular he was. Given that Malcolm Turnbull has assured me that my ABC has a legal obligation to provide fair and balanced reporting, if such polls existed, my ABC would have told me about them.

    The only other possibility is that the ABC is a a left wing propaganda outfit and Turnbull head is so far up his fundamental canal that he is completely clueless. But if this was true, why doesn’t Abbott do something about it. If he doesn’t o something about Malcolm, it would show he is comletely gutless.

  12. blogstrop

    There has to be a reason why Malcolm won’t admit what we all know about the ABC, but can it be an honourable one?

  13. gabrianga

    Obama is the coloured version of Lord Wentworth, both being supporters of a coal free economy, supportive of a leftish media and healthy supporters of Goldman’s ?

  14. cynical1

    Meh, if the clown was a white from the South, his rating would be half what it is now.

    Just like a certain redhead who was from the South, but had a vagina…

  15. Ellen of Tasmania

    How can there be polls showing Obama is an unpopular President! If that was true, I would have heard about it on my ABC.

    I was listening to ABCnews the other morning and they did ask their Washington correspondent why the President was so unpopular. The correspondent said it was all the fault of Congress, who wouldn’t let the dear Leader do whatever he wanted.

    There is none so blind …

  16. Andrew

    I’ve suggested to Abbott666 that the NBN move to a Science and Tech, or Industry portfolio with the ALPBC being taken off him and given to Barnaby (given it’s allegedly important in the regions).

  17. Andrew

    The correspondent said it was all the fault of Congress, who wouldn’t let the dear Leader do whatever he wanted.

    Wonder if the also would conclude the same about AUS. I think they did – right up to the moment the dreadful R-G-R debacle went. Now the Sen8 is defending or way of life.

  18. Alfonso

    Presidents Obama is the US’s demographic future, with very occasional breaks.
    That cultural change should be exercising Australian defence planners.

  19. H B Bear

    Magic rubbing off the Magic Negro.

    America sold itself a handful of beans. And will do it again.

  20. struth

    As I often say, it all starts in the schools. Bruce of Newcastle is absolutely correct.
    We must immediately expose the cretins that push their communism and brain wash their students and bring them out in to the open.
    These arseholes must be open to ridicule enough that at least their students know of the disapproval the majority of Australians feel about them ,( and I believe if the majority knew what they were doing, they would) and make sure the students know of their reputations, as it seems they are too entrenched in the left’s institutions of re education camps to do much else about it.
    Asking this government to start grappling with it would be well, a joke. It didn’t happen enough in the USA and it ain’t happening here, not nearly enough.
    I truly believe the sabotaging of this once great country, can be traced back to the few who get away with this. The few tax payer funded, institutionalised, insulated from the real world , public servants. Failures in their chosen field and embittered. ……. It’s all about getting to the kiddies.
    Usually, everything that’s talked about on this blog, can be found to have been caused in the first instance by those taught by this filth.

  21. Ellen of Tasmania

    America.
    The land of the 29.5 hour work week.

    “In June the BLS reports that the number of full-time jobs tumbled by 523K to 118.2 million while part-time jobs soared by 799K to over 28 million!”

    (http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-07-03/june-full-time-jobs-plunge-over-half-million-part-time-jobs-surge-800k-most-1993)

  22. Alfonso

    Seems poor ‘ol Clive has a unconscious media irony problem as well.
    As Bolta quotes, the murdering totalitarian Chinese govt has “come to see (Clive) as a sociopathic bully and menace”.
    That’s industrial grade projection.
    The mirror shortage in China must be critical.

  23. Robbo

    It’s usually the way in the good old USA. The election of a President is a choice between dumb and dumber, or liar and bigger liar. That appalling Hilary Clinton, if as expected is elected to succeed that idiot fast talker Obama, will just be another worse than mediocre holder of an office that once meant something decent. Nowadays the President of the USA just sits around while the real power brokers in the nation lead them from one disaster to another. What a sad end to such a great dream that the founding fathers of America had.

  24. Chris M

    Just to play devils advocate for a moment, one of Obomma’s big promises was to close Guantanamo Bay. The only way this can be done is to either execute the inmates (clearly he didn’t mean that) or let them go.

    When he finally lets just five Taliban go the yanks get all outraged. What exactly do they expect from this guy they voted for?

  25. The Hunted Mind

    I’ll be paying more tax under Abbott than I did under Labor, and yet the ALPBC is still funded and still sprouts its socialist propaganda. Guess what, I won’t be voting for him again.

    Exactly. Being mugged by a stranger is something you can get over. Being mugged by a friend is unforgivable.

  26. davey street

    Did you know the New York Times has not backed a Republican candidate for President of the United States since the 1950s.

  27. Dr.Sir Fred Lenin

    The Soviet way out of Guantanamo would be for the inmates to all die of Pneumonia,massive coronaries,or a covenient cancer.” It is true ! Here are the death certificates” ,Nyet Problyem.

  28. vlad

    Exactly where America went wrong I don’t know, but I’m sure it started more than six years ago.

    I’m also sure that it had one last, possibly slim, chance to reverse course 20 months ago and missed it.

  29. Tel

    As Bolta quotes, the murdering totalitarian Chinese govt has “come to see (Clive) as a sociopathic bully and menace”.

    Because of what? They didn’t get the return on investment they were hoping for? Because they took on a risky venture and discovered (shock) that what risky means is sometimes you do lose?

    That makes someone “a sociopathic bully and menace”… gimme a break.

  30. Tel

    Being mugged by a stranger is something you can get over. Being mugged by a friend is unforgivable.

    Hey Bill Shorten, I’m voting for you to spite the other guy, so just have your way with me and get it over with. Try to keep it as impersonal as possible, I’ll get drunk and try to forget it afterwards.

  31. Glinda

    The Soviet way out of Guantanamo would be for the inmates to all die of Pneumonia,massive coronaries,or a covenient cancer.”

    And, the down-side to that is? Better to put Guantanamo inmates into the “regular” US prison with the “regular” inmates. Let ‘em get a taste of incarceration at the hands of the big, muscle, tattooed Black, Hispanic, Nazi, etc. gangs who’ll turn the cowards around – literally. None of that namby-pamby Muslim kow-towing that goes on in Guantanamo.

  32. Dr.Sir Fred Lenin

    One thing in the Soviets favour ,they did not discrinate in favour of islamists ,wonder hiw they went at prayer times? Did they have special prayer rooms for them? Was Halal food served. To them? Did Pravda and Izvestia discriminate in their favour? No to all of the above.

  33. The Hunted Mind

    Hey Bill Shorten, I’m voting for you to spite the other guy

    That’s right, yes. You think any party is going to learn without consequences? Another term of Labor with a reality shock to the Liberals will be better that the Liberals continuing to turn into a replica of Labor.

  34. Viva

    He seems to personify the “empty suit”.

  35. Percy

    Another term of Labor with a reality shock to the Liberals will be better that the Liberals continuing to turn into a replica of Labor.

    Another term would just convince the Libs they need to replicate Labor even more.

  36. Petros

    Well, Tel, I hope there are LDP and good Family First candidates in my electorate for whom to vote.

  37. stackja

    Washington was followed by Adams who is remembered for:

    Alien and Sedition Acts From Wikipedia
    The Alien and Sedition Acts were four bills that were passed by the Federalists in the 5th United States Congress and signed into law by President John Adams in 1798 in the aftermath of the French Revolution and during an undeclared naval war with France, later known as the Quasi-War.

    James Buchanan – From Wikipedia
    15th President of the United States (1857–1861)
    Buchanan’s view of record was that secession was illegal, but that going to war to stop it was also illegal.

    Abraham Lincoln, in his 1858 House Divided Speech, denounced Buchanan, Taney, Stephen A. Douglas and Franklin Pierce as accomplices of the Slave Power, a supposed conspiracy to eliminate legal barriers to slavery.

    Sectional strife rose to such a pitch that the Democratic Party’s national convention in 1860 led directly to a schism in the Party.

    The Civil War erupted within two months of Buchanan’s retirement. He supported it, writing to former colleagues that “the assault upon Sumter was the commencement of war by the Confederate states, and no alternative was left but to prosecute it with vigor on our part”.

    The day before his own death, Buchanan predicted that “history will vindicate my memory”.

    Nevertheless, historians criticize Buchanan for his unwillingness or inability to act in the face of secession. Historical rankings of United States Presidents, considering presidential achievements, leadership qualities, failures and faults, consistently place Buchanan among the least successful presidents.

    Then Lincoln was elected.
    LBJ was followed by Nixon. When will we hear the truth about these two?
    Carter was followed by Ronald Reagan.
    USA has managed to survive many crises.

    In God we trust From Wikipedia
    The phrase appears to have originated in “The Star-Spangled Banner”, written during the War of 1812. The fourth stanza includes the phrase, “And this be our motto: ‘In God is our Trust.’

  38. The Hunted Mind

    Another term would just convince the Libs they need to replicate Labor even more.

    In some of the polls it seems that the Libs’ vote is going to PUP, not Labor or the Greens, so it should be apparent to them that it’s their own base deserting them. But yes, you’re right, I should signal in the same way.

  39. Des Deskperson

    ‘One thing in the Soviets favour ,they did not discrinate in favour of islamists’

    Somewhere in my library. I’ve a Soviet propaganda poster from the early thirties urging Soviet Muslim women to liberate themselves by tearing off and burning their burkas and hijabs.

  40. Aristogeiton

    Des Deskperson
    #1370225, posted on July 5, 2014 at 2:05 pm
    [...]
    Somewhere in my library. I’ve a Soviet propaganda poster from the early thirties urging Soviet Muslim women to liberate themselves by tearing off and burning their burkas and hijabs.

    Please do share.

  41. Fisky

    ‘One thing in the Soviets favour ,they did not discrinate in favour of islamists’

    Actually I think they did in the first few years because they wanted to entice Central Asian Muslims into the Union. Christianity was banned of course, but not Islam. It’s the kind of set-up that gives Larvatus Prodeo readers raging hard-ons.

    Stalin had no use for pandering to Muslims (or Jews) so he changed course.

  42. Fisky

    Did you know the New York Times has not backed a Republican candidate for President of the United States since the 1950s.

    So that means the New York Times supported Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis! What a stupid fucking newspaper it is.

  43. Ant

    Obama’s a disaster and the consequences from his bumbling will be with Americans (and us) for decades.

    Their media are the propaganda arm for the crooks that shape and run that country.

    Adding to the unfolding tragedy is the supposed opposition party – the Washington-centric Republicans, personified by Mississippi senator Thad Cochran, who’s been in Congress for 42 useless years and has just won his primary to run again in November’s election for his seat.

    He won that primary in a runoff election through overwhelming support from the political class over a rock solid and well credentialed conservative primary candidate, Chris McDaniel, by portraying him as a racist who’ll rip voting rights and food stamps from Mississippi’s poor black communities.

    This is the Republican Party that’s standing against what Obama is doing.

    The country’s stuffed.

  44. stackja

    Liberty Quotes
    We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker.
    — Ronald Reagan

    Oh I do miss Ronald Reagan.

  45. Fisky

    He won that primary in a runoff election through overwhelming support from the political class over a rock solid and well credentialed conservative primary candidate, Chris McDaniel, by portraying him as a racist who’ll rip voting rights and food stamps from Mississippi’s poor black communities.

    I was delighted at first to hear a strong veteran opponent of illegal immigrant amnesty got his seat back, but that campaign against his primary opponent is disgraceful. Republicans should never talk about each other like that.

  46. stackja

    Fisky
    #1370271, posted on July 5, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Saying nice things does not get reported.

  47. Leo G

    The phrase appears to have originated in “The Star-Spangled Banner”, written during the War of 1812. The fourth stanza includes the phrase, “And this be our motto: ‘In God is our Trust.’

    The origin of the motto is much older. It’s equivalent to the ancient Hebrew theological tag bittachon.

  48. john constantine

    imagine america if haliburton hadn’t figured out how to extract fuel from tight shales.

    barry’s lauded intelligence has been carried by the practical smarts of his enemies.

    walmart slashing the cost of living by connecting the american poor to the chinese world factory/farm.

    the smartest and most capable 1% of the top 1% of americas 300 million–the whole world depends on a handful of these 30,000 freaks figuring out how to cut the power of the middle east energy freaks.

    will 3d printing cut the power of the chinese slave factories?

    will the next steps in biotech multiply the costs of healthcare, or will they slash healthcare costs by short circuiting degenerative disease?.

    if we could just donate the swampies to united nations organisations, for use as solyent green food relief, so they get out of the way and let the problem solvers solve the damn problems–there would be a chance.

    instead the kenyan internet scammer has got the yanks signed up for his offer of free stuff, no questions asked.

  49. Ellen of Tasmania

    As I often say, it all starts in the schools. Bruce of Newcastle is absolutely correct.

    Imagine deregulating the education market and allowing schools – let’s just start with private schools – to employ teachers of their own choosing; they do not have to have a teaching degree.

    Now imagine the explosion by the teacher’s unions.

    Public schools are not there to educate children, they are there to employ lefties and indoctrinate the next generation. Check them out – http://www.aeufederal.org.au – not encouraging is it?

    At least the US does have some seriously independent schools and thousands who ‘homeschool’.

  50. Tel

    Well, Tel, I hope there are LDP and good Family First candidates in my electorate for whom to vote.

    I also hope that you will find a suitable candidate for your first preference vote, but you still have to fill out the other preferences, and there’s a good chance the LDP and FF won’t win, so at some stage you will need to decide your own preference between Labour / Liberal / Green.

  51. blogstrop

    Yes, it all starts at the schools. Be afraid.

  52. Dr.Sir Fred Lenin

    “Stalin had no time for muslims,I suppose being a Georgian thats understandable,the Georgians had mny years of trouble with muslims,as for Jews ,some of them were prominent in the Bolsheviks ,and could be a threat to his power,particularly Bronstein(trotsky),who remained a threat even in Mexico,ntill steps were taken to eliminate that threat. Lavrenti Beria wasnt nice but he was efficient.

  53. Johno

    I also hope that you will find a suitable candidate for your first preference vote, but you still have to fill out the other preferences, and there’s a good chance the LDP and FF won’t win, so at some stage you will need to decide your own preference between Labour / Liberal / Green.

    In the privacy of the voting booth no one knows how you have voted.

    Depending on the rules for determining a valid vote that are in place for a particular election, you don’t necessarily have to choose between those three unpalatable choices, while still casting a valid vote for a candidate that you actually wish to see elected.

  54. struth

    Blogstrop , no need to be afraid just realise where the best result will be for your effort.
    For a start, applying pressure and publicly examine who is teaching journalism and what they’re teaching would be one of the best things we could do for future generations.

  55. struth

    Also we should all agree not ti be too picky with the standard of grammar as some of us really struggle wuth the small phones big fingers and trying to fit comments in between work

  56. stackja

    struth
    #1370434, posted on July 5, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    UTS Teaching staff
    Journalism academic teaching staff are all experienced journalists, many of whom are award winners and who continue to produce journalism as part of their research activities:
    Eurydice Aroney
    Catriona Bonfiglioli
    Susie Eisenhuth
    Sue Joseph
    Tom Morton
    Jenna Price
    Sandra Symons
    Helen Vatsikopoulos

  57. Des Deskperson

    ‘Please do share’

    Ari, I haven’t been able to find it yet – I’ve been outside, in the f***ing snow (in Weston Creek ACT , not quite enough of a fall to remain on the ground for long), replacing the rotting Oregon in my pergola with treated pine.

    Leave it with me.

  58. struth

    Awards. …..do we reallly need to “walkleys” in that direction?

  59. Disillusioned

    Ant, what got Thad Cochran over the line was the votes of black democrats many who had already voted in the democrat primary which makes their votes ineligible. McDaniel and his supporters are trying to work out exactly how many so they can launch a challenge against the result but they are not receiving much assistance from county authorities.

  60. Petros

    Des, although not exactly what you describe, here’s some posters from the early Soviet Union which included Muslim lands. The last one is the most interesting I thought. http://www.eurasianet.org/node/67527

  61. rickw

    Are there any real conservatives in the Liberal party?

    Exactly, they need to get booted out at the next election for some navel gazing. The country could survive another term of Labor, but it won’t survive endless terms of Labor / Labor Lite.

    I am completely incensed that we are having a budget crisis all whilst I am slugged more tax AND the countries Socialist Propaganda Apparatus remains fully funded and functional.

  62. evcricket

    Yeah it’s just like Abbott who’s numbers are worse than Gillard who was the Worst Prime Minister Ever.

    #YourLieberal

  63. .

    Gillard WAS out worst Prime Minister ever.

    She would have lead the ALP to 30 seats or less in the House of Representatives.

    She’s an upper class crook who betrayed the lower class while at the same time, preached whilst cloaking herself in the mantle of the lower classes.

    Only far leftists hold her in high regard. Many ALP voters refused to vote for her and voted Liberal or informal out of spite.

    Whitlam never suffered such disgrace.

  64. Linden

    I’m with you, I am beginning to think that the country needs another good dose of Labor, another real dose of the Greens, and then maybe the message might get through. I wish PM Abbott would get rid of the lady advising him, and get a plain honest down to earth street wise character either man or woman to set him straight. Next election please Liberals, don’t stand there and say ‘no we won’t be changing this and that’ for heavens sake, say yes will be changing this and that, because if we don’t make some big changes, its your children and and grand children who will be paying the price for the alternative. Come out and get stuck into the ABC, it is obvious that it is only interested in pulling down any conservative government and only interested in advancing the political agenda of all the socialists who are now on the nice little earner provided by the tax payer. I think Mr Abbott is on a very short time frame unless he looks to the right and take that right hand turn immediately.

  65. Tel

    Ari, I haven’t been able to find it yet – I’ve been outside, in the f***ing snow (in Weston Creek ACT , not quite enough of a fall to remain on the ground for long), replacing the rotting Oregon in my pergola with treated pine.

    Was your pergola built during the 1980′s ?

  66. Cheryl

    Abbotts numbers are not as bad as Gillards, yet.

  67. rickw

    Additional benefits of a socialist education system:

    Young Iranians studying in the West were exhilarated by the fashionable enthusiasm for Marxism and Maoism, for revolution and against the Vietnam War.

    Revolutionary Iran, Michael Axworthy, p70

  68. Alfonso

    “America may survive Obambi but another eight years of bleeding heart Democrats, in the form of Hilarity Clinton, will seal its fate.”

    Alas, in Australian terms it’s already all over……..the coming US Hispanic, divers US 3rd world voting majority, will have more in common with Cuba and the cultural 3rd world than old democratic Anglo allies like Aust.

    The seditious, UN Fabians in Australia’s quaintly named Defence of Dept. don’t like the mention of that.
    They wish to undermine Australia’s defence for ideological reasons…..leftoid social engineers are common currency in Defence.

    Collins replacement needs to be nuc cruise missile capable AND nuc powered.
    Wash my mouth out with soap.

  69. Yes, it all starts at the schools. Be afraid.

    Then educate them, it’s not hard and doesn’t take much. My 8 year old (at the time) complained about people chopping down trees. I told her “you’re sitting on one”. Silence, realising that she hadn’t thought it through. I wonder if she ever turned her attention to the teachers that conveniently forgot to mention that part.

    Those who neglect their child’s education will find to their horror that they end up all lefty and irrational.

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