This is, declared NYU professor Jay Rosen, “the dumbest media story of 2012.” Why? Because, as CNN’s Howard Kurtz breezily put it, everybody knows David Gregory wasn’t “planning to commit any crimes.”…
Three days after scofflaw Gregory committed his crime, a bail hearing was held in Massachusetts for Andrew Despres, 20, who’s charged with trespassing and possession of ammunition without a firearms license. Mr. Despres was recently expelled from Fitchburg State University and was returning to campus to pick up his stuff. Hence the trespassing charge. At the time of his arrest, he was wearing a “military-style ammunition belt.” Hence, the firearms charge.
His mom told WBZ that her son purchased the belt for $20 from a punk website and had worn it to class every day for two years as a “fashion statement.” He had no gun with which to fire the bullets. Nevertheless, Fitchburg police proudly displayed the $20 punk-website ammo belt as if they’d just raided the Fitchburg mafia’s armory, and an obliging judge ordered Mr. Despres held on $50,000 bail. Why should there be one law for Meet the Press and another for Meet Andrew Despres? Because David Gregory throws better cocktail parties?
Ace at AOSHQ posits:
They are endeavoring to explicitly create a High Caste with greater privileges than the lower castes, and immunities to the laws the lower castes suffer under, and that is a blood anathema to any real American — and will be treated as such.
I think there is something less calculated under way.
I think these pathetic creatures in the media are like the remotely connected French lords and ladies in the farthest rings of the outer orbit of the court of Louis XIV. These despicable hangers-on circle Obama waiting for the opportunity to praise his every bowel movement in hopes that they will get the chance to kiss his ring.
But the whores in the Court of Versailles were accorded higher status than the hangers-on because they didn’t pretend that they weren’t whores.
How are these media hacks any different than CNN was during the Saddam years?
Over the last dozen years I made 13 trips to Baghdad to lobby the government to keep CNN’s Baghdad bureau open and to arrange interviews with Iraqi leaders. Each time I visited, I became more distressed by what I saw and heard — awful things that could not be reported because doing so would have jeopardized the lives of Iraqis, particularly those on our Baghdad staff.
This was an admission by Eason Jordan of CNN in 2003 that CNN basically kept their mouth shut about atrocities to maintain access to the regime.
How is this any different in practice than today’s blind eye to anything that shines a negative light on Obama? Looking at today’s reporting on this administration, one would think that Obama was immaculately convinced, his birth was heralded by angels and Stanley Ann was visited by three wise men.
It is not logically possible for a political figure to be right on every decision and when he isn’t, it is always someone else’s fault.
There was a time when the press saw their role as the vanguard of freedom, the point of the spear in the quest to destroy tyrants. There was a time when there were true investigative journalists interested in the truth. That is no more. The media members have now undergone a transmogrification into the practice of “advocacy journalism”. Their role today is that of the place guard, the protectors of the throne. They are now just part of the king’s retinue, the last clown car in the sovereign’s cortege.
Everything they do and say should be treated with suspicion.