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The significance of the Breitbart video:
the legacy media’s disinterest in exploring the Obama narrative

When last night I saw the video that the late Andrew Breitbart had so hyped, I was a bit disappointed.  There was nothing new there.  We already knew that when he was a student, the president had some radical associations.

What was telling, however, was not the video of Obama himself, but the video of Harvard Law School Professor Charles Ogletree showing the video who admitted that, “We hid this throughout the 2008 campaign. I don’t care if they find it now.

“It’s video,” John Nolte observes (referring to the clip from Obama’s Harvard years), “no one would’ve seen, had Andrew Breitbart not decided it was time—finally!– to vet the sitting President of the United States. (For the record, this is only a portion of what Breitbart found.)”  And that’s the point.  No one would have seen the video if people outside the legacy media went rooting around for stories about Obama’s past.

In 2008, 0ur friends in the legacy media showed considerable curiosity in John McCain’s running mate, then-Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, dispatching countless reporters to the Last Frontier to root out the smallest detail of her personal and professional life.  By contrast, when Barack Obama catapulted onto the political scene, they did not show a similar curiosity, spending little time investigating Obama’s background.  They relied on Obama’s campaign to supply the narrative of the Democrat’s life.

Ed Driscoll quotes Michelle Malking who sums it up:

“I reject this idea that we should just shrug our shoulders and buy the PBS/Buzzfeed line that there’s nothing new here. Stop it! This is news! They didn’t want to talk about it then and they don’t want to talk about it now.” Michelle Malkin punches back twice as hard, as Mr. Obama would say, against Juan Williams. “This is all about Alinskyite control of who tells the story. Well guess what Barack Obama and Jim Messina. It is not all your monopoly anymore and that’s why they are pushing back so hard.”

Via Instapundit.  One asks yet again why our friends in the legacy media chose not to show the same scrutiny to Barack Obama as they have for Republican politicians, even sometimes it seems, as they have shown his critics.

UPDATE:  When Yahoo! and others in the MSM claim this video is a dud, they miss the point of the story (which would, of course, indict them and others) which Jim Geraghty neatly summarizes:

On the other hand, Breitbart’s point of an unvetted president is proven: At no point in 2008 was the American electorate informed that Obama led a protest on behalf of a law professor who believed that the U.S. legal system was incontrovertibly racist from its moment of creation, or that he thought so well of an outspoken public defender of Louis Farrakhan.

Our friends in the legacy media contend this story is about the actual video itself.  It’s not.  It’s about their failure to report stories like this when then-candidate Obama was pursuing the highest office in the land.



  1. Sonic,

    Obama was radicalized by his momma, his grandmother, Frank Marshall Davis, (Whose Your Daddy?), Derrick Bell, Bill Ayres, and many others. He was a willing receptor and sponge. He got mysterious money from somewhere to make his way through Columbia, Harvard and on to Chicago where the money kept appearing to buy a house and work at a the job of Community Organizer which baffled Rudy Guiliani who ran a city that is a hot bed of liberalism and liberal monkey shines. MIchelle got a big money job that was eliminated after she moved on. Doors were opened. Money flowed. Access was provided and for no reason which a normal record would reveal. Obama was anointed and he moved ever upward.

    Obama has zero record. No grades, no friends who knew him, no clear title to who his daddy is, no record of his trip to Pakistan, no records of stands in the Illinois legislature, no patterns, no nothing. Sort of like the perfect mole. Always there, always popping up, no visible means of support, but always where he needs to be to accommodate the next level of action.

    Apparently, you find this to be the mesmerizing case of a phenomenal wunderkind.

    Apparently, you find unraveling Obama’s murky and cloaked past to be a non-starter and Republican campaign choker. Apparently, you are some sort of super strategist who has come here to advise social conservatives in particular how to beat Obama.

    Joe Arpaio is doing something that every sheriff in the country has the power to do and that is to make a criminal investigation of Obama. He continues to investigate a “person of interest.” He has recently picked up some very interesting testimony for the Secret Service. Arpiao has nothing to lose, which makes him the ideal agent for wading into the Obama swamp.

    You have not heard the last of this. There has been a massive, quiet investigation of the mysterious past of B. H. Obama. For a man at 44% approval rating and a press that is blatantly in the tank for him, a wave of having to defend himself by laughing it off is not a great place to be.

    Just watch Soledad O’Brien try to belittle Joel Pollack on CNN. She may be playing to the red meat left base just fine, but she is doing so by letting every bit of her leftist bias hang out. Is that supposed to appeal to the “moderates” and “independents?”

    Think it over, Sonic. What is your message? Just a hunch? Or are you expressing a repressed fear?

    Comment by Heliotrope — March 9, 2012 @ 12:17 pm - March 9, 2012

  2. Well, now, our comments crossed in the mail.

    You see the Obama radical glass has half empty and therefore as a stagnation of failure.

    I see the Obama radical glass as half full and rising and therefore as a work in progress.

    Furthermore, you don’t apparently see the regulatory end runs around Congress and the billions of tax dollars pocketed and spent in pay to play as having much effect on how the government insinuates itself into the nooks and crannies of private life and enterprise. Fine. Your sunglasses come off the top shelf, apparently.

    I see Obama as a weasel who has done everything the left accused GW Bush of doing and being the most partisan and hard nosed president in my lifetime. His definition of “compromise” is “my way.” He has purposely and assiduously divided the people of this country and punished those he dislikes. He is the stark opposite of the “uniter” he promised in his campaign. He has, however, “united” his victim groups and pitted them against the taxpayers and those who make the economy work.

    To what end does a person do that? He is no shoe-in for reelection. He has little to show for his four years. America is reeling. The deficit has been blown to the sky. What is his game plan?

    He is either the stupidest man in power or he has the iron determination to get this country under the control of a politburo and a ruling class that will orchestrate the economy and personal liberties.

    Sorry, Sonic, you will have to do a lot better in your condescending analysis. The Obama as moderate socialist dog won’t hunt.

    Comment by Heliotrope — March 9, 2012 @ 12:41 pm - March 9, 2012

  3. I see Obama as a weasel who has done everything the left accused GW Bush of doing and being the most partisan and hard nosed president in my lifetime.

    THAT’S what you run on, not “closet radical” conspiracy theories. Unless you really do want to lose.

    Comment by sonicfrog — March 9, 2012 @ 1:13 pm - March 9, 2012

  4. If Obama’s policies haven’t been radical, I would hate to see what radicalism looks like.

    Did you actually go to college

    That’s the kind of thing a condescending leftist a-hole would say. Congratulations. Levi and Cinesnatch welcome you to their team.

    Comment by V the K — March 9, 2012 @ 1:51 pm - March 9, 2012

  5. And notice the edit where you took that completely out of context. If you went to college, and got student loans, you would know that you loan is set up, and paid back, through Sallie Mae. If you didn’t go to college, you might not know this, and thus, think that, under the Obama administration, the government has taken over the student loan industry, when actually, the student loan industry has been a part of the government until 2004, where it became and remains a privately held company.

    Comment by Sonicfrog — March 9, 2012 @ 2:00 pm - March 9, 2012

  6. Note also that your only reply to that fact was to insinuate I’m a lefty. Nice.

    Comment by Sonicfrog — March 9, 2012 @ 2:02 pm - March 9, 2012

  7. If you want to win the White House, use this!

    Comment by Sonicfrog — March 9, 2012 @ 2:21 pm - March 9, 2012

  8. Petty personal attacks aside, the Endgame of the Obama Agenda is a USA in which health care and higher education are entitlements funded by massive increases in tax rates at all levels; a USA in which the most extreme degree of environmental extremism is public policy; in which most if not all industries are heavily unionized and in which most business decisions are subject to union and Government consent; and in which activities that the left frowns upon have been severely restricted by regulation or by making them prohibitively expensive; all of which is overseen by a massive, all-intrusive Federal bureaucracy.

    That, to me if not to sonicfrog, is a radical redefinition of America. Maybe that vision is not enough to motivate voters against Obama, but it should motivate and energize that segment of the population that is as appalled by it as I am.

    BTW, I would like some examples of Republican brownshirt tactics used when they were in power. Stuff that compares to the things union radicals have done in Wisconsin and OWS has done in Oakland and Washington DC.

    Comment by V the K — March 9, 2012 @ 3:13 pm - March 9, 2012

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