Ever since the reelection of Barack Obama in November of 2012, conservatives, objective political analysts, and some reporters have noticed a distinct difference in the attitude, actions, and demeanor of the president and his top advisers.
It is not over the top to describe the emerging scenario as a disturbing movement toward dictatorship.
The latest in the string of troublesome moves by the Obama administration involves one of its natural and closest allies, the mainstream media. Reporters in the White House Press Corp were incensed recently when Obama took a golf vacation in Florida to meet with Tiger Woods and other celebrities, and summarily made the trip off limits to the media. News organizations were banned from the vacation.
Further, Obama’s increasing tendency to use executive orders to get around the legislative process is yet another sign of an alarming power-grab.
But the White House has taken the snub of reporters 1000 steps further by threatening two veteran media personalities who have historically sided with Democrats and other liberals in the manner in which they reported the news. One is veteran Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward who helped bring down the Nixon administration with his groundbreaking reports on the Watergate scandal. The other is longtime Clinton aide, media consultant, and newspaper columnist Lanny Davis.
The difference between veteran liberal media personnel and the current crop of talking heads on NBC, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, and CNN is that the veterans at least made a proactive attempt at objectivity. The current crop of “reporters” primarily parrot the party line as fed to them by the Obama White House. Anyone who steps outside that model, even if it is a veteran reporter sympathetic to Democrats, is unacceptable to the Obama administration.
Woodward ran afoul of the White House when he called out the administration for propagating untruths about the sequester. Obama claims the whole thing was the idea of Congressional Republicans.
Not so fast, said Woodward. Woodward, using the proof of the record of Obama’s own words, called out the president on the lie. The sequester, which will result in drastic across the board cuts in federal spending, was Obama’s idea from the beginning, intended to be used as a preventative measure to keep Republicans from opposing the president’s demands for higher taxes while refusing to cut the spending as he promised during the campaign.
This time, however, Republicans appear to be ready to call Obama’s bluff and allow the cuts to take place, beginning tomorrow.
The White House reacted with disdain, insults, threats, and character assassination against Republicans, when the sequester was Obama’s idea all along. Woodward had the facts on his side and said so. For this he received a direct threat from a top White House aide who said, “You will regret this.”
Regret what? Telling the truth? The statement in and of itself is reminiscent of a dictatorship, whether Communist, Fascist, Nazi, or any other form of totalitarian government. They all have at least one thing in common–they control the media and determine the version of the “facts” that will be reported to the public.
Woodward went further with the faux pas, however. He dared to take the threat to the public, to which the White House responded with vehement denials.
But Woodward is not the only problem for the Obama White House. Former Clinton aide Lanny Davis stated today that he, too, was threatened by the White House for writing a few negative columns about Obama, in spite of his support for the president.
Davis stated that his editor received a call from a top White House official who said that the administration did not like his columns, and that if he, the editor, continued to run Davis’ columns, he and his reporters would have their White House credentials removed.
But Davis fought back, placing a call to three White House officials informing them that the threats are unacceptable and that they must never happen again.
“First, you don’t threaten anyone,” said Davis, “Secondly you don’t threaten Bob Woodward…this is not a reporter you tangle with.”
Apparently an administration and a president that has become drunk with its own power is more than willing to go where angels fear to tread. And in the meantime, the nation edges ever closer to the brink of an outright dictatorship.
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