Accuracy in Media

As President Obama’s second term nears its end he has begun a media tour emphasizing what he claims are the positive aspects of his policies. The complicit media, of course, have long worked to inflate positive impressions of Obama’s legacy, and this latest set of interviews is no different.

“In two recent interviews, with The New York Times Magazine on his economic legacy and with The Atlantic on his foreign policy legacy, Mr. Obama expressed a common sentiment: He had achieved big things and avoided even bigger mistakes, and yet most people just shrug,” wrote Mark Landler for The New York Times on April 28.

Landler writes that this may be because Obama describes his successes as negatives, that “without the steps he took—or didn’t take…things would have turned out so much worse.”

Saying that things could have been worse without Obama’s policy interventions is an argument based on counterfactual reasoning, as if the President could somehow know the future that he avoided.

Yet President Obama and the mainstream media have fooled each other enough for each to think that the public’s problem is that President Obama simply hasn’t explained himself well enough.

“‘How people feel about the economy’…is influenced by ‘what they hear,’” President Obama told the Times in Andrew Ross Sorkin’s April 28 lengthy feature touting Obama’s economic legacy. President Obama then went on to blame Republicans for constantly telling their base that the nation’s economy has not improved.

But even the Times had to admit in that article that average family incomes are “$4,000 less than…when Bill Clinton left office,” and that the nation faces growing economic inequality.

“The private sector has added jobs for 73 consecutive months—some 14.4 million new jobs in all—the longest period of sustained job growth on record,” writes Sorkin for The Times.  “Unemployment, which peaked at 10 percent the year Obama took office, the highest it had been since 1983, under Ronald Reagan, is now 5 percent, lower than when Reagan left office.”

As we have cited, the labor participation rate is currently under 63 percent—the same as it was in the 1970s. A low unemployment rate means little if Americans are no longer searching for work in the first place. And that is the main factor driving the unemployment rate down. The rate of unemployment alone does not tell the true story. Not even close.

As an example, last Friday the Bureau of Labor Statistics issued their monthly numbers, and said that 1.7 million people “wanted and were available for work, and had looked for a job sometime in the prior 12 months. They were not counted as unemployed because they had not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the survey.” The same press release said that there were six million people working as “involuntary part-time workers” because they couldn’t find full time jobs. Yet the administration, and its friends in the media, want you to look at that five percent unemployment figure and assume that the economy is doing well.

President Obama has been trying to sell this same economic story time and again, claiming that he saved the country from sure destruction and that the economy has recovered under his watch. Like so many of his legacy issues, Obama is trying to sell a set of false goods with positive spin—and the media are buying it.

The last quarter showed virtually no growth in the economy. Obama is the first president to have never had a single year of his term in office with at least three percent growth in GDP. The average annual rate of growth in his two terms in office is 1.7 percent. We’ve added nearly $10 trillion to the national debt, and it is still growing. When he was first running for president, Obama said that under President Bush, we had added $4 trillion to the national debt, and that it was “irresponsible” and “unpatriotic.” So what is adding nearly $10 trillion? Still Bush’s fault?

The Times also described Obamacare as President Obama’s “boldest piece of legislation and the one that will most likely define him.” As we recently reported, Obamacare is an imploding boondoggle characterized by rising premiums and lack of care. And it was sold based on a series of lies, as revealed by an Obama adviser, Jonathan Gruber, who was also called the architect of Obamacare by some. Gruber said that the administration relied on the “stupidity of the American voter.”

While the media continue to look the other way concerning Obama’s failures, President Obama recently told the press that their “power and…responsibility to dig, and to question, and to counter distortions and untruths is more important than ever.”

The irony is thick. The media have the power to dig and uncover the truths about Obama’s many scandals, but they are regularly derelict in that duty. Instead, they continue to publish glowing prose celebrating the historic nature of his presidency. This despite his ongoing war on journalists, as well as his utter lack of transparency.

“Obama did not just want to be president. His mission was to leave a legacy as a president of consequence, the liberal counter to Reagan,” wrote David Maraniss on April 22 for The Washington Post. “It is now becoming increasingly possible to argue that he has neared his goal.”

Maraniss cites as successes the President’s policies on Obamacare, the disastrous Iranian nuclear deal, the stimulus, and efforts on global warming—to name just a few. These “liberal achievements have added up, however one judges the policies,” Maraniss argues.

The Iran deal will not prevent that totalitarian regime from gaining nuclear weapons. Instead, Obama’s deal virtually guarantees a nuclear Iran and a Middle East arms race.

A May 5 article in The New York Times profiles Ben Rhodes, President Obama’s deputy national security adviser, who, according to the article, “mind melds” with Obama. The article, by David Samuels, calls him Obama’s “foreign policy guru.” Yet Rhodes admits in the article that the Obama administration deliberately sold the Iran deal to the American public using a network of media people for whom Rhodes had nothing but contempt, based on a false premise, because they felt they had to. The narrative they spun was that they waited until Iran elected a more moderate president—Rouhani to replace Ahmadinejad—before getting serious about negotiating the deal. But that was not in fact the case.

As Samuels put it, “the story of the Iran deal presented…was largely manufactured for the purpose for [sic] selling the deal.” On top of that, Samuels, still refers to the “signing” of the Iran deal, when in fact nothing was signed, and the administration has acknowledged that in a letter from the State Department. The deal doesn’t exist, except in the narrative the Obama administration pushes. The Iranian actions clearly indicate they don’t feel the need to abide by any restrictions. In fact they take every opportunity to attempt to humiliate Obama and America in general, whether by capturing Navy vessels and holding our men at gunpoint, or testing ballistic missiles in violation of a UN resolution, or buying weapons that are supposed to be blocked off to them.

Each entry in Maraniss’ list of Obama successes is based on ineffectual governance that will leave the world less safe or less prosperous than before. In some cases, these policies contribute to a series of Obama scandals the mainstream media assiduously continue to ignore in their desperation to manufacture successes for President Obama.

Maraniss, in particular, continues to devote himself to the historic nature of President Obama’s leadership, blaming some opposition to Obama as racist. “The fact that Obama was the first black president, and that his family was the first African American first family, provides him with an uncontested hold on history,” writes Maraniss. “Even as some of the political rhetoric this year longs for a past America, the odds are greater that as the century progresses, no matter what happens in the 2016 election, Obama will be seen as the pioneer who broke an archaic and distant 220-year period of white male dominance.”

President Obama is guaranteed to be celebrated as the first black president in the history books. However, any fair accounting will need to cover the disaster that is the Iran deal, and Obama’s unilateral quest to complete the transformation of America at any cost. And there is a list of scandals that the media have refused to identify as such. President Obama is not a liberal Ronald Reagan; Reagan succeeded at what he put his mind to. President Obama has simply left in his wake a series of broken promises and disasters. Maybe that’s what he intended all along.




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Comments

  • Jerry

    I cannot Believe anyone likes this Liar. He deserves no respect and has ruined America

  • BigR

    It’s simple: ” you can’t shine sthi”…All fools praise him

  • BigR

    But but but he is the countries first black president. You must be racist… sarc…

  • Jerry

    I wasn’t Racist. But now I’m leery

  • BigR

    I know you weren’t. I was being sarcastic, hence the sarc at the end…
    I agree wholeheartedly with you statement…

  • RMThoughts

    Lies and deception are expected from the Democrat left, but we see it is the operating system of the corrupt ruling class of both parties. On the other side we have the Neo-cons who promise to vote Hillary and Jeb Bush and the Bush family that showed us that party loyalty with establishment figures is a one-way street.

    Low energy Jeb Bush energetically wrote on Facebook that he is planning on breaking the loyalty pledge he signed in South Carolina and breaking his promise to Republican voters he made in several debates stating he would vote for whoever won the GOP nomination.

    Let all the liars all go home to the Democrats.

  • David A Hollenbeck

    When I think of or hear Obama on T V , I am reminded of a contact that I and another law enforcer made in South Los Angeles. The suspect spun his story, exonerating himself. The other officer stopped him and said, “You are lying. You know how I can tell? Your lips are moving”.

  • David A Hollenbeck

    Lib/Progs have three hallmarks: Fantasy, Hypocrisy, and Lies

  • Jerry

    I know you didn’t, But still if they are black I’m leery, and that is all because of the ISIS leader in America’s White House

  • Richard Hellstrom

    These Democratic organizations making these tax exemptions are probably illegal – The Center For Progressive America says that The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan educational institute under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code. Donations are tax
    deductible. CAP does not support or oppose candidates or political parties ” { they have an annual budget of around 38 million dollars ( FROM 2011 ARTICLE ) } and right above this statement it says To be progressive is to be active.
    Spread ideas to your networks. Challenge conservative misinformation with the facts. This is their web site – https://www.americanprogress.org/ The Center for American Progress’ Jihad Against the Free World
    http://www.frontpagemag.com/…/center-american-progress… After reading the article and looking at their site , does anybody believe the tax exemption being used is a legal tax deduction ! The Democratic Party has about 526 organizations
    and the republicans have a bunch also ! I don’t believe that tax deduction is legal for either side for most of these organizations under the guise that they are not actively involved in campaign activity for or against political candidates !
    To be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, an organization must be organized and operated exclusively for exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3), and none of its earnings may inure to any private
    shareholder or individual. In addition, it may not be an action organization, i.e., it may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities and it may not participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates.
    THESE ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE IN VIOLATION OF THIS TAX CODE SHOULD REFUND THE MONEY TO THE IRS – AND TRUMP SHOULD START POINTING OUT THESE TAX VIOLATIONS –
    AMERICA IS BEING ROBBED – Now what is John Podesta doing ? Just look at the CAP Board of Directors ! Sen. Tom Daschle, Chair

    http://www.infowars.com/bernie-sanders-gets-endorsement-from-soros-moveon/the George Soros founded group states on its website today.“With a record-setting 78.6 percent of 340,665 votes cast by the MoveOn membership, Senator Bernie Sanders has won MoveOn.org Political Action’s endorsement for president with the largest total and widest margin in MoveOn history,” The progressive activist group MoveOn has thrown its weight behind Vermont socialist Bernie Sanders as support for Hillary Clinton wanes.Jose Villarreal Board as listed today – https://www.americanprogress.org/about/c3-board/Donald Sussman Tom Steyer Susan Sandler John Podesta — John David Podesta is the Chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. Soros Donated 8 million to the Hillary Clinton Campaign – Jonathan Lavine Glenn Hutchins Carol Browner Secretary Madeleine Albright Neera Tanden, President

  • Sally Smith

    You’ve seen Obama’s deceitful legacy tour – now you can buy the book too. It’s called “1,202 well sourced examples of Barack Obama’s lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, hypocrisy, waste, etc.” It’s available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01E4U36NE

  • GRAMPA

    that 1.7 million that wanted jobs were in the Detroit metro area.
    Grampa

  • Kevin Fardosian

    lol, here’s a funny story about a racist cop. He lives off his phat government pension now and voted for trump. lol lol. another loser trump zombie. lol

  • Kevin Fardosian

    btw, you should look up the work “exonerate”. Taken literally, your story really is totally 100% about a racist cop. But since you don’t speak English, you didn’t know. If you don’t want to learn English then get out of my country!