John Hinderaker points to Democrat Orson Scott Card’s article, Would the Last Honest Reporter Please Turn On the Lights? on the media’s cover-up of who’s to blame for the Fannie Mae Freddie Mac crisis:
This financial crisis was completely preventable. The party that blocked any attempt to prevent it was … the Democratic Party. The party that tried to prevent it was … the Republican Party.
Yet when Nancy Pelosi accused the Bush administration and Republican deregulation of causing the crisis, you in the press did not hold her to account for her lie. Instead, you criticized Republicans who took offense at this lie and refused to vote for the bailout!
What? It’s not the liar, but the victims of the lie who are to blame?
Now let’s follow the money … right to the presidential candidate who is the number-two recipient of campaign contributions from Fannie Mae.
And after Freddie Raines, the CEO of Fannie Mae who made $90 million while running it into the ground, was fired for his incompetence, one presidential candidate’s campaign actually consulted him for advice on housing.
If that presidential candidate had been John McCain, you would have called it a major scandal and we would be getting stories in your paper every day about how incompetent and corrupt he was.
But instead, that candidate was Barack Obama, and so you have buried this story, and when the McCain campaign dared to call Raines an “adviser” to the Obama campaign — because that campaign had sought his advice — you actually let Obama’s people get away with accusing McCain of lying, merely because Raines wasn’t listed as an official adviser to the Obama campaign.
If you who produce our local daily paper had any personal honor, you would find it unbearable to let the American people believe that somehow Republicans were to blame for this crisis.
There are precedents. Even though President Bush and his administration never said that Iraq sponsored or was linked to 9/11, you could not stand the fact that Americans had that misapprehension — so you pounded us with the fact that there was no such link. (Along the way, you created the false impression that Bush had lied to them and said that there was a connection.)
If you had any principles, then surely right now, when the American people are set to blame President Bush and John McCain for a crisis they tried to prevent, and are actually shifting to approve of Barack Obama because of a crisis he helped cause, you would be laboring at least as hard to correct that false impression.
Card lays it on the line – go read every word, because he won’t be invited to all the cool Dem parties from here to eternity:
You’re just the public relations machine of the Democratic Party, and it’s time you were all fired and real journalists brought in, so that we can actually have a news paper in our city.
It is time for conservatives, libertarians, moderates, and normal citizens who are interested in straightforward reporting of the news to build their own news organizations in competition with the corrupt ones that now exist.”
That would be nice.
Who will stop any censorship on the internet, on talk radio, on any dissenting organ?
No one. No one will have the power to. The Dems will make sure of that. Pelosi will get her internet tax, the Dems will persecute and prosecute any bloggers who rise in prominence, the media will slander them, and any efforts at dissent will be crushed.
We have a confluence of factors here: corrupt, power-hungy politicians like Nancy Pelosi who will go to any lengths to consolidate their stranglehold on the country; Alinksy socialists like Obama who believe in redistributing wealth; people like Ayers who hate America and who want to end capitalism, and people who see Obama as a savior. Just yesterday I was in a podcast where one of the callers referred to Obama as fulfilling a Biblical prophecy: “a left-handed king who delivered the people after eight years” (they were possibly referring to Ehud, who was a judge, not a king?). And on top of all that, a dishonest media complicit in bringing them to power, even placing halos on Obama. All of them together can and will bring down democracy and free speech.
Maybe we should commit to memory The Manifesto of the Silenced Majority now, because if I’m right we won’t even have the cache to remember it by.
I hope I’m wrong.