God, I love British satire. If only it wasn’t so close to reality…
And it came to pass, in the eighth year of the reign of the evil Bush the Younger (The Ignorant), when the whole land from the Arabian desert to the shores of the Great Lakes had been laid barren, that a Child appeared in the wilderness.
The Child was blessed in looks and intellect. Scion of a simple family, offspring of a miraculous union, grandson of a typical white person and an African peasant. And yea, as he grew, the Child walked in the path of righteousness, with only the occasional detour into the odd weed and a little blow.
When he was twelve years old, they found him in the temple in the City of Chicago, arguing the finer points of community organisation with the Prophet Jeremiah and the Elders. And the Elders were astonished at what they heard and said among themselves: “Verily, who is this Child that he opens our hearts and minds to the audacity of hope?”
Let’s face it. The mainstream American media is giving Barack Obama a tongue bath the likes of which has never been seen before. I thought that Bill Clinton had the reporters fawning (especially the ladies) but that’s nothing compared to the coverage the Obamessiah is getting. John McCain goes to New Hampshire to talk about something and he gets one national reporter and the farm reporter for the East Podunk Township Daily Feedtrough. Barack Obama heads off to Germany–not exactly a hotbed of registered American voters compared to, say, America–to do his best JFK impersonation and he’s got Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric Jello-wrestling to see who can wash his feet. (Ew. Oh God, I should not have gone there. What has been imagined cannot be unimagined. Ew ew ew.)
This goes hand-in-glove with the whole John-Edwards-visiting-his-babymama thing. There’s still a complete media blackout on that. Do you honestly think if, say, Mitt Romney or Tim Pawlenty got caught leaving a LA hotel at 2:30 am by reporters for the National Enquirer while his alleged mistress was staying there, that it wouldn’t be wall-to-wall on CNN right now?
I don’t mind my media sources being biased. I don’t think there is such a thing as completely fair and unbiased reporting. We’re human, and we’re all going to inject a little bit of ourselves into our writing whether we do it consciously or not. I just want my media outlets to admit their bias and tell me where they stand. I don’t want the New York Times to keep trying to blow sunshine up my ass and tell me they’re a bastion of fair and unbiased journalism when it’s blatantly obvious that their news pages slant almost as far left as their editorial pages.