Brent Bozell

Think of all the militant anti-war types who were thrilled at the removal of the Bush "war machine" in 2008, only to see President Obama's strained endorsement of military action in Libya. Oh, how the political wave of the hard left has crashed ashore. It seems like only yesterday when they were celebrating Cindy Sheehan as she flagrantly called President Bush "the biggest terrorist in the world."

Then they elected Obama and it all went to hell.

Over the last two years, these chagrined radicals have watched in stunned disbelief while their hero Obama continued the Iraq War wrap-up on the generals' timeline and then added more troops in Afghanistan. They listened in shock as Team Obama announced it was reversing itself on indefinite detentions at Guantanamo.

And now he's started his very own kinetic military action.

Where are our friends in the press? they must be wondering. The media's said nothing about Iraq for them, nothing about Afghanistan. Virtually nothing about the Gitmo flip-flop.

And now they're pro-war in Libya.

Were these journalists ever "anti-war"? Or was all that coverage of George W. Bush as a Constitution-shredding global embarrassment just a convenient partisan campaign? If the No War for Oil crowd thought the run-up to war in Iraq featured a docile media, how on Earth must they feel about the docility of the press as Obama started dropping bombs on Libya? Someone pass the smelling salts.

It's pure and simple: The re-election of Barack Obama trumps all. The news media will bury anything negative that threatens his return in 2013.

The media know full well that Obama's refusal to obtain congressional approval is a flat-out betrayal and a documentation of a lie. The media have the footage of Candidate Obama in 2007: "The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation."

The media also know (then-) presidential candidate Joe Biden said he'd personally lead the impeachment if Bush went to war with Iran without a congressional vote.

Some in the print press found this, like Washington Post "fact checker" Glenn Kessler. But had this been Bush exercising such brazen dishonesty, it would have been the lead story on every TV network news program -- for days. But it was Obama and Biden who lied through their teeth, and nothing will interfere with Obama-Biden in 2012.

Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
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