Douglas MacKinnon

Just to save you the time and expense of getting and reading the unfortunately incomplete book that Buchanan references, Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election for three reasons and three reasons only. First, because the economy seemingly imploded in mid-September of 2008 and John McCain (with a narrative strongly pushed by the media) looked like your grandfather trying to do advanced calculus by counting on his fingers and toes. Second, because the media not only softened the ground for Obama by pounding anything that looked Republican or conservative, but then went out of its way to act as Obama’s unofficial press secretary during the general election. And third, because hundreds of thousands of principled conservatives stayed home rather than vote for a man who had eagerly morphed into the mainstream media’s favorite Republican.

Pat Buchanan is an exceptional communicator and wordsmith. He knows that THE major obstacle the GOP has to overcome to win back the White House in 2012 is a biased media willing to tell any lie to ensure their liberal agenda is advanced. He knows that but chose not to say so in a column that pumps up an MSNBC colleague who is part of the foundation of that obstacle.

As director of communications for President Ronald Reagan, Pat Buchanan set the gold standard. He understands the role the media plays in undermining traditional values better than any. Just as he understands that a lie unchallenged is a lie believed.

It is for those reasons and more that I’m surprised and troubled that Buchanan and the “leadership” of the GOP will cite these bogus poll numbers as a rationale for the GOP demise without also explaining the unconscionable way they were obtained. In every sense of the word, when Buchanan and others trumpet these flawed poll numbers, they are pushing a falsehood.

Obama, Democrats and liberals understand the power of the media. Republican “leaders,” time and again, refuse to challenge the media out of fear that said media will go after them. Really? How much worse can it get?

The Democrats and liberals also understand the importance of hiring communicators who have actually succeeded in the real world of communications while most Republican presidential candidates hire vastly inexperienced press secretaries who have never accomplished a thing in the real world of communications. Sooner or later, that lack of talent will catch up with you. Experience does matter.

Experience matters and facts matter. Pat Buchanan understands that and knows better than to err by omission or pass off as “fact” that which is not. The far-left should get no unintended assists from us.

Douglas MacKinnon

Douglas MacKinnon is a former White House and Pentagon official and author of The Secessionist States of America. (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014)

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