Douglas MacKinnon
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With all due respect to Lewis Carroll and the originator of the “Humpty Dumpty” nursery rhyme, I give you this:

The mainstream media sat on Obama’s wall;
The mainstream media had a great fall.
All the slanted polls
And all the corrupt journalists,
Couldn’t put the mainstream media together again.

If you really pay attention to the networks, cable networks, and newspapers, you can look at their faces, read their body language, or read between the lines and come to a fairly reasoned conclusion. That being, that they are in a panic.

In violation of every ethical standard that allegedly governs their profession, a great many journalists and editors have gone into the tank so deeply for Barack Obama, that they have become an embarrassing extension of his campaign communications operation. So much so, that a few honest ombudsmen and media critics at “In-the-tank” newspapers, have been forced to criticize the practice.

No matter. In the tank they are. And yet, to the horror of these biased “journalists,” the American people seem to be mostly dismissing their predicable pro-Obama sermons and anti-McCain rants in favor of actual information gathering and an honest comparison of the two presidential candidates.

Like a character in the comics these left-of-center newspapers carry, you can almost see the balloon thoughts appear above their heads: “How can Obama be blowing this? We are giving him every advantage possible. We even threw Hillary Clinton overboard because she was less liberal than him and yet, the guy we pretended to like all these years, is overtaking our anointed candidate. How?”

The reason the liberal media is so perplexed by this development is because they are just coming off a massive and successful manipulation of the news and felt if they could do it then, they could do it at will. The past and ongoing manipulation to which I refer is the coverage of the war in Iraq.

For months and years, through the television, newspapers, books, and even blogs, the mainstream media relentlessly portrayed the war in the most negative terms possible. In the guise of ink-stained vampires, they purposely shunned the positive light of progress, a successful surge, and heroic sacrifice, in lieu of any story that would harm or discredit the Bush administration.

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Douglas MacKinnon

Douglas MacKinnon is former White House and Pentagon official who spent three years working in a Joint Command.

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