Affiliation With the Ass
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Of the last three Republican primary debates, clashes between the media moderators and the candidates have carried the headlines. Even the Fox News debate, hosted by the so-called right-wing media giant, turned into an all-out cat fight between Fox's Megyn Kelly and Republican candidate Donald Trump. The CNN debate, by far the fairest of the three, ran advertising for weeks before the debate likening the event to a boxing match - and throughout, the moderators sought to pit the candidates against each other, rather than calling on them to address substantive issues.
But it was the third debate that was the last straw for many Republicans, as what CNBC had advertised as a debate on economics turned out to be a laughably ridiculous series of "gotcha" questions.
Senator Ted Cruz summed it up quite well in his response to yet another ridiculous question from the obviously biased moderators:
The questions that have been asked so far in this debate illustrate why the American people don't trust the media. This is not a cage match. And if you look at the questions: Donald Trump, are you a comic book villain? Ben Carson, can you do math? John Kasich, will you insult two people over here? Marco Rubio, why don't you resign? Jeb Bush, why have your numbers fallen? What about talking about the substantive issues?
The contrast with the Democratic debate, where every fawning question from the media was, Which of you is more handsome and why...Let me be clear. The men and women on this stage have more ideas, more experience, more common sense than every participant in the Democratic debate. That debate reflected a debate between the Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks.
This seems to be how it goes every election cycle. The left-wing media is allowed to run the debates, effectively allowing them to control the discussion. Republicans are forced into finger-pointing grudge matches, or faced with gotcha questions only meant to trip them up, or asked about stupid non-topics like regulating fantasy football. Meanwhile, Democrats with no meaningful qualifications (other than their desire to spend money we don't have) are fawned over.
Just look at where this week's news cycle has taken us. There is little doubt that Dr. Ben Carson is one of the most decent men to run for president in the last several decades, and since he is neck-and-neck with Donald Trump (slightly ahead or slightly behind, depending on which polls you consult), he currently presents the greatest threat to Hillary Clinton's presidential bid. In response to this change in the polls, the media has been relentlessly attempting to dig up dirt on Carson. They went after him for being too low-energy, then they tried to dig up negative things from his past, and finally, out of desperation, Politico published a hit piece full of lies that was well and thoroughly debunked within hours of its release.
The interesting thing about this is that the media that is so intent on destroying Ben Carson is working just as hard to ignore the continuing scandal that is Hillary Clinton. Clinton is embroiled in several scandals simultaneously, yet she remains the Democrat frontrunner.
This is what we know about Hillary Clinton thus far:
- Under Hillary's leadership as Secretary of State, our ambassador to Libya was not given sufficient security to protect him from an impending terrorist attack in 2011.
- Hillary helped to engineer and promote the cover-up, blaming the attack on reaction to a YouTube video...all to keep the attack from hurting President Obama's reelection campaign.
- Hillary used the Clinton Foundation to launder money in a pay-for-play scheme, accepting donations from foreign governments and federal contractors in exchange for political favors (the Clinton Foundation is a slush fund, accepting millions in donations, but only giving a tiny fraction of that money to charity -the rest goes to the Clintons themselves).
- In direct violation of the non-disclosure agreement she signed when taking the job as Secretary of State, as well as federal record keeping laws and regulations, Hillary used a private email server for official State Department business.
- Knowing that her emails would soon be under federal investigation, Hillary cherry-picked some to hand over to the State Department, and deleted the rest.
- Hillary's email server was inadequately secured, and there is little doubt that it was hacked more than once by foreign governments.
- Nearly every public statement Hillary has made about Benghazi or her email server has been a bald-faced lie.
But despite all of this, Hillary Clinton has nothing to worry about. She won't have to worry about facing tough questions from the media. Even when she has faced tough questions from Republicans in Congress, she just lied through her teeth, and was then praised for her "masterful performance" by the fawning media.
Hillary Clinton is a Democrat, so she has nothing to worry about.
The media is going to such great lengths to destroy Dr. Carson, yet today we know more about Dr. Carson's college career than we do about President Obama's, even after two presidential campaigns, because Obama had his records sealed.
Barack Obama is a Democrat, so he has nothing to worry about.
If a Republican bumps shoes with the wrong person in an airport restroom, he is tarred and feathered and run out of town. If a Democrat engages in sex acts in the Oval Office and then lies about it under oath, he is hailed as a hero.
If a Republican tries to cut government spending because we can't afford it, he is a demon from the deepest pit of Hell. If a Democrat expands our debt exponentially, selling our children and grandchildren into a life of slavery to that debt, he is a champion of the people.
Affiliation with the ass covers a multitude of sins.
Is it too much to ask that the Fourth Estate actually do its job, instead of engaging in partisan political smears and character assasination?
Robert Cleveland, Senior Conservative Editor: Robert Cleveland is the IT Director for a document management services company. When he isn't working on computers and scanners, he's spending time with his wife and kids, or writing about just how jacked-up Washington politics is. He is a strong believer that hard work and freedom are what make America the greatest nation on the planet, and it is of the utmost importance that we never lose those values. Robert's other writing can be found at his blog, more...)