Now imagine how many Pulitzer prizes and dire-warning books the Times staff is turning out about Obama's "war at home against Congress" or his "near-monarchical executive powers" on drones or Guantanamo. None. Instead, David Sanger wrote "Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power," which proclaimed how Obama outshined Bush, "attempting to preserve America's influence with a lighter, defter touch."
Ask how many media stars have launched crusading reports packed with outrage over Obama's obvious failure to please the left by releasing gaggles of Guantanamo detainees, or his self-evident affinity for drone attacks in the Middle East. You might find that kind of report on Al Jazeera America, but nobody watches the propaganda channel. The major media might notice an occasional radical protester, but their heart is always clearly with the president's "surprising use of power."
Instead of channeling Cindy Sheehan types, The New York Times worried on its front page this week that a quick departure from Afghanistan could cause a loss of bases for drone strikes. On the domestic front, its "Political Memo" was headlined, "For Obama, Investing In Brighter Futures Remains a Tough Sell." That's their ludicrous terminology for more socialist "investment" in infrastructure and education bureaucrats (and perhaps presidentially dictated minimum wage hikes) -- "investing in brighter futures."
It's gotten so desperate to generate happy news on Obama's behalf that when Sen. Ted Cruz went on CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday to say, "Let me tell you something that is deeply concerning, the abuse of power from this administration," CBS sliced that criticism out of its program. Putting the words "abuse of power" anywhere near Team Obama in a sentence is an invitation to censorship by our allegedly anti-autocracy "news" media.