Excerpts from “A Slobbering Love Affair: The True (and Pathetic) Story of the Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media

Posted on January 31, 2009. Filed under: Liberal Idiots, Media Bias, Obama, Politicians, Politics, Religion, Reverse Discrimination |

Right now I am reading Bernard Goldberg’s new book, “A Slobbering Love Affair: The True and Pathetic Story of the Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media.” It is fantastic and I highly recommend it. Therefore, periodically I will post some of the more interesting things he says in the book – starting today.


In chapter 7, “Hey, I’m Just Asking…”, Goldberg asks some questions that seem so obvious to us, but that the liberals just don’t want to address. They are:

Do you think the media would have paid more attention if it were the National Rifle Association, instead of ACORN, that signed Mickey Mouse up to vote?

Do you think the mainstream media would have shown more interest if it were John McCain, and not Barack Obama, who had a realtionship, no matter how flimsy, with an unrepentant terrorist?

Would the media think it was old news if this terrorist had helped kick off McCain’s political career?

What if the terrorist had bombed not the Capitol and Pentagon but a black church or an abortion clinic – no matter how long ago it was?

What would the media say if on September 11, 2001, of all days, a story came out in the NY Times in which this bomber said his only regret from those days was that he didn’t do more?

How would the media play the story had it been John McCain who spent twenty years in a church with a right-wing minister who said racist things about black people?

What if it were Sara Palin, and not Joe Biden, who stood before a cheering crowd of conservatives and said the solution to our economic woes could be summd up in “three-letter word: J-O-B-S” – and then went on to spell the word out loud: “J-O-B-S.”

What if it were Sara Palin, and not Joe Biden, who said that in 1929 Franklin Roosevelt “got on the television” to reassure the American people “when the stock market crashed” – even though FDR didn’t take office until 1933 and television wasn’t introduced to the general public until 1939?

He then goes on to say:

“The questions, of course, require no answers. Because we all know that the same mainstream media that slavishly tried to make the Democratic ticket look good would have been all over each of these stories – since they all would have made Republicans look bad.

But what many of us call bias, journalists simply call news judgment. They weren’t shilling or covering for Obama, they say. They wre merely making editorial decisions. And they decided that Wright, and Ayers, and ACORN, and Biden’s gaffes were not worty of a lot of coverage.

Take the Reverend Wright story. On May 5, 2008, John Roberts on CNN summed up the feeling of a lot of mainstream journalists when he told Obama, “I want to just stipulate at the beginning of this interview wer are declaring a Reverend Wright free zone today. So, no questions about Reverend Wright… Is that okay with you? Obama obligingly responded, ‘Fair enough. That sounds just fine.”

Or how about the Bill Ayers story?

On October 31, 2008, just four days before the election, I tried an experiment. I ran a check to see how many stories the NY Times – the newspaper of record – had recently run on Ayers, and how many the paper ran on Palin’s wardrobe, which some commentators argued was a waste of a lot of money for the McCain campaign.

It turns out that during the previous TEN DAYS, the Times ran eleven news storied on Palin’s wardrobe and three additional op-ed columns. But in the previous TWO MONTHS, those impartial folks at the Times ran only two stories examining the raltionship between Ayers and Obama. Perhaps two was enough – but eleven news stories on Palin’s clothing?”

Bernard Goldberg on Jeremiah Wright

The first big national story about Jeremiah Wright and his radical ideas didn’t come from the NY Times or any other major American newspaper. It came from Rolling Stone, a publication devoted more to music than to politics. In a thoughtful profile of Obama that appeard in the February 22, 2007, issue…Rolling Stone reported on some of the inflammatory statements Wright had been making from the pulpit of his Chicago church:

“And there is the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, a sprawling, profane bear of a preacher, a kind of black ministerial instituion, with his own radio shows and guest preaching gigs across the country. Wright takes the pulpit here on Sunday and solemnly, sonorously declares that he will recite ten essential facts about the United States. “Fact number one: we’ve got more black men in prison thatn there are in college,” he intones. “Fact number two: racism is how this country was founded and how this country is still run!” There is thumping applause; Wright has a cadence and power that make Obama sound like John Kerry. Now the Reverend begins to preach. “We are deeply involved in the importing of drugs, the exporting of guns and the training of preofessional KILLERS… We believe in white supremacy and black inferiority and believe it more than we believe in God…We conducted radiation experiments on our own people…We care nothing about human life if the ends justify the means!” The crowd whoops and amens as Wright builds to his climax: “And. And. And! GAWD! Has got! To be SICK! OF THIS SHIT!”

Okay. Now try to imagine the impact those words would have had if they appeared not ina music magazine, but in the most influential newspaper in the country, the NY Times, the newspaper that producers at ABC, NBC, and CBS News read first thing in the morning so they’ll know what to cover that day. Trust me, if the Times went on strike one morning, they wouldn’t know what to put on the CBS Evening News that night. Such is the influence the Times has on other media, especially network television news.

The Rolling Stone piece, entitled “The Radical Roots of Barack Obama,” was smart and perceptive. “This is as openly radical a background as any significatn American political figure has ever emerged from,” the magaine reported, “as much Malcom X as Martin Luther King, Jr. Wright is not an incidental figure in Obama’s life, or his politics. The senator ‘affirmed’ his Christian faith in this church; he uses Wright as a ‘sounding board’ to ‘make sure I’m not losing myself in the hype and hoopla.’ Both the title of Obama’s second book, The Audacity of Hope, and the theme for his keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in 2004 come from Wright’s sermons. “If you want to understand were Barack gets his feeling and rhetoric from,” says the Rev. Jim Wallis, a leader of the religious left, “just look at Jeremiah Wright.”

That night, after the Rolling Stone article hit the newstands, Kati, Brian, and Charlie should have run lead stories on Obama’s longtime friend, the raving minster Jeremiah Wright. The next morning, every major newspaper in the US should have jumped on it too, and run page one storied under headlines that announced, “Obama Tied to Anti-White, Anti-American Minister.” And the only digging reporters would have had to do -to find out all the racist, anti-American things Wright was preaching- was into their wallets, to come up with a few bucks to buy the DVD’s of his sermons that were on sale – right there in the church!!

As Rolling Stone pointed out, Wright’s influence on Obama was right there in plain view for anyone to see. All you had to do was to ready Obama’s book. “When yuou read (Obama’s) autobiography,” Rolling Stone noted, “the surprising thing – for such a measured politician – is the depth of radical feeling that seeps through, the amount of Jeremiah Wright that’s packed in there.”


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