Editors' note: this piece is co-authored by Buckley Carlson
The so-called “mainstream media” has spent the past week trying to determine how anywhere from one fifth to one quarter of the American people could conclude that President Obama is a Muslim. The commentary has almost universally condemned Americans as “ignorant,” “ill-informed,” “racist,” or “bigoted," asserting disdainfully that it's "obvious" that Obama is a Christian.
"Obvious?" What IS obvious is what the media has overlooked: themselves, President Obama, and Muslims.
Author, and proud Muslim, Asma Gull Hasan wrote in February 2009 Forbes Magazine that “since Election Day, I have been part of more and more conversations with Muslims in which it was either offhandedly agreed that Obama is Muslim or enthusiastically blurted out. In commenting on our new president, ‘I have to support my fellow Muslim brother,’ would slip out of my mouth before I had a chance to think twice.”
But the mainstream media is now mocking the increasing number of Americans who believe Obama is a Muslim. Well now that we shown that those Americans are in agreement with these Muslims, does this make the Muslims bigoted or the media?
Had they done their job investigating Barack Obama during the last election, then Americans might have a better handle on even the basic dimensions of America's 44th president. But the media completely abdicated its responsibility, failing to provide any coverage skeptical of the Obama campaign's own tightly scripted narrative.
So invested were they in Obama's victory, the mainstream media ignored, or in some cases, actively jeered at any story lines that called into question Obama's fitness for office. This included his shocking lack of experience; his decades-long association with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dorn and his anti-American "minister," Jeremiah Wright; his relationship with now-convicted tax-evader and all around sleazy character Tony Rezko or his father's Muslim heritage.
Remember, this is the media that so thoroughly browbeat a third-tier surrogate of the McCain campaign for referring to "Barack Hussein Obama", that John McCain himself subsequently declared, publicly, that his opponent's middle name was henceforth off limits. [And speaking of names, you would have been fortunate, indeed, to discover the fact that Obama had for decades answered to the groovy, 70's moniker, "Barry" until it became politically advantageous for him to adopt "Barack" as his ethnic-novelty name.]