In the last presidential election, leftist special interest groups and socialist billionaires like George Soros waged war with an unprecedented tsunami of negative TV attacks on the Republican incumbent, suggesting he was a draft dodger that knowingly lied us into war. Adding fuel to the fire, Hollywood uncorked nasty -- and equally distorted -- documentaries like "Fahrenheit 911." The Bush-bashing wave was so big Byron York wrote a whole book about it called "The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy." This year, our "objective" media turned their eyes on the November race, but they're seeing only one negative side of the street -- a right-wing conspiracy to lie, cheat, and smear their beloved Barack Obama.
A truly fair and balanced media might foresee a really tough election contest -- on both sides. But instead, we have a partisan chorus, whining in four-part harmony. They're not waiting for Hillary Clinton to discover her Titanic has sunk. They are getting their general-election assault on the "Republican attack machine" under way.
The New York Times started the latest wave with a May 4 article mourning the deflation of poor, patriotism-challenged Michael Dukakis in the 1988 campaign. The headline decried the GOP "using symbols as bludgeons." Like an overexcited little brother, CBS News followed that night, bitterly recounting how attacks on the patriotism of John Kerry, the Vietnam War-hating war hero, led to the re-election of President Bush.
CBS didn't report what it was doing four years ago -- lying with phony documents about Bush's military record, shooting a shell into its own foot, and ultimately, probably generating a backlash of sympathy toward the candidate it had tried to destroy.
The proclaimed messiah himself, the great and powerful Obama, was interviewed by CNN's Wolf Blitzer. He wasn't asked tiresome questions about his strange friends and ministers. He was asked if he could handle the coming "assault" from the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy that could be heard manufacturing its wicked armaments off stage. What lies will they stoop to tell? Blitzer suggested told Obama they're going to "paint" him as a tax-and-spend liberal.
"Paint" him? Who needs to add any paint to that picture? That is the truth -- he's the most left-wing senator in Washington -- and they know it.