Where have all the reporters gone?
In President Obama’s first news conference in three months recently (one where reporters actually have a chance to ask questions), I was disappointed that not one reporter asked the president which of the scandals he claims is “phony” in his multiple speeches over the last couple of weeks. Is it the Benghazi scandal, the IRS scandal, spying on reporters, or the NSA scandal? When each of those scandals first broke, the President himself said they were serious situations that needed to be investigated. Wouldn’t you think that at least one reporter would be curious to know what the president was talking about when he said they are now phony?
I remember several phony scandals that the news media tried to create. Right before the 2004 election, Dan Rather and CBS News tried to create a scandal about George W. Bush’s service in the Texas Air National Guard. Four CBS News executives had to resign and that report ended Dan Rather’s career.
In 2008, right before the election, the news media reported that there was a rumor that John McCain had an affair with a female lobbyist friend. That also proved to be a false report.
Now that there are unresolved scandals, with plenty of evidence of wrongdoing and investigative reporting needed, there isn’t any interest in these stories that should be reported by the networks like CBS, NBC, and ABC who claim to be unbiased. If these networks would do their jobs and report on important stories like these scandals instead of constantly covering the celebrities or doing race baiting stories about the George Zimmerman verdict, the American people could make some informed decisions about what is really happening to our country.
The news media’s job is to challenge government officials regardless of which party is in office. During his NBC Tonight Show monologue a couple of weeks before President Obama’s latest visit to the show, Jay Leno said, “In his speech about the economy, President Obama said we’ve all been distracted by phony scandals, and it’s time we started getting distracted by the phony (economic) recovery.” Isn’t it sad that it now takes a comedian to point out the obvious?