The Obama Derangement Syndrome: "Left" and Mainstream Media's Common Disease
This tweet from the comments in a thread last week caught my eye.
Mother Jones published the reaction of Eric Garner's daughter, Erica Garner, to ABC News' handling of a town hall event with President Obama on race and policing last week. In true reactionary Target-Obama-First fashion that many "lefty" publications are quickly becoming known for, Mother Jones titled its piece "Eric Garner's Daughter Calls Obama Town Hall on Race Relations a "Farce" ", leaving the clear - and I dare say intentional - impression that Erica Garner's grievances were targeted at the President.
Even after Garner clarified that the focus of her outrage was ABC News and not the president - and even after Mother Jones noted the same - their editors did not feel the need to rebrand or fix their... shall we say... farce of a headline.
The magazine is more than likely taking its cues from Right-leaning mainstream media platforms like the CNBC. Also last week, CNBC published a Trump-supporting General's interview and glorified it for pushing for anti-Muslim rhetoric. CNBC made sure to point out that this general is a "ex-Obama official." What CNBC didn't tell its readers or its watchers is that this official, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn was, for all intents and purposes, fired from his post as the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency for his propensity to overreach.
Flynn, incidentally, was also the DIA director under whose nose the largest ever national security document compromise took place. Flynn was heading up the DIA when one Edwards Snowden stole 900,000 documents from Defense Intelligence files and handed them over to his rapist, fugitive buddies.
What do Mother Jones' recalcitrance to correct an anti-Obama headline and CNBC's decision to bill a Trump-supporter's bona-fides as an "Obama official" without mentioning the fact that he was fired and let nearly a million intelligence documents get stolen have in common?
Obama Derangement Syndrome, of course.
The click-baiting media has desperately pursued biased storylines against President Obama, and when there isn't actually something to stick the president with in a particular story, such as in Mother Jones' case, they have deflected critics of their own establishment brotheren onto the president. After all, Mother Jones may be "left" media, but they are still media, and it would be a horrendous breach of floating heads etiquette should they choose to headline the fact that ABC screwed up.
It shouldn't be that surprising seven and a half years into the Obama presidency. Though for different reasons both the Left and what is known as the "mainstream" media have been relentless in throwing monkey wrenches in the process as the President has tried to make generational change. To this day, Americans remain by and large unaware of many of the most important reforms in the Affordable Care Act that enacted the most expansive Patient's Bill of Rights, the Dodd Frank financial reform law that is the most critical re-regulation of the banking industry since the 1930s, the auto rescue that save millions of jobs. Thanks to the our Fourth estate's spectacular failures, too many Americans, less than a decade removed from the worst financial calamity in nearly a century, believe that the financial rescue President Obama implemented to stop the bleeding was unneeded, or worse, a giveaway.
But now that the economy has recovered, now that 20 million additional Americans have health insurance, now that American auto is roaring, now that despite all the monkey wrenches, President Obama is on his way to become one of the most consequential American political figures of all time, the media echo chamber is taking aim one last time, at President Obama's legacy.
In January of 2017, the media is not going to have Barack Obama to kick around anymore. But Americans, and American life, will have deeply benefited from this man's accomplishments, hard work, and legacy. Because this president's legacy will not be defined by the bigoted Right or the ever-pouting Left. Barack Obama's legacy will be defined by the tectonic shift in American politics during his presidency and the paradigm shift in American government that for the first time since Kennedy and Johnson re-established social responsibility as a core American principle.
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