This past week, I penned two posts on the president’s telling “open mic” comment to Russia’s President on how “he would have ‘more flexibility’ to deal with controversial issues such as missile defense” after the election. As I write this, both posts generated a total of 9 comments.
I wrote one piece on the Travyon Martin/George Zimmerman matter. That post has, so far, generated 80 comments.
Now, to be sure, that story offers a fascinating window into media sensationalism — and has more wrinkles than does the president’s telling comment, but has far less bearing on the state of the union, particularly given the upcoming election and the incumbent’s bid for a second term.
Calling the president’s remarks “a moment of political contempt—for the issues at hand as well as for the demos itself“, Martin Peretz, long-time editor in chief of the left-of-center New Republic, finds the important message to be . . .
. . . that the American people can’t be trusted if the president is honest with them about what he proposes. More bluntly, that the American people are not trusted by their own president. Otherwise the president would tell us the truth about his intentions. And here he is, admitting his distrust of his own people to a leader of a nasty foreign government that seeks to thwart our purposes in the Middle East and elsewhere. President Obama is in cahoots with the Russian regime against America’s very body politic.
Mr. Obama’s revealing comment, and the question of missile defense, and the question of Mr. Obama’s bizarre desire for coziness with Vladimir Putin, is a matter about which our European allies have great concerns.
Hence, we should be constantly reminding our fellow citizens of what the president said when he thought no one was listening. To that end, the folks at American Crossroads have crafted a clever ad:
(H/t: Hot Air.)
Expect to see more such film in the coming campaign. Although our friends in the legacy media did report this “gaffe”, they have been content to let the story drop, focusing on the Martin/Zimmerman case and Mitt Romney’s wealth. Indeed, when I watch CNN (while doing cardio), I have seen more coverage of the renovations to the likely Republican nominee’s house than to the words the U.S. President spoke to his Russian counterpart.
Through the new media, we on the right must correct for that oversight. Kudos to American crossroads for taking the first step.
We should strive to follow their lead rather than get caught in the latest sensationalist distraction crafted by our left-leaning legacy media, which includes many journalists who would rather use the Martin/Zimmerman story as an indictment of a (supposedly) racist criminal justice system than consider the meaning of the president’s comments to his Russian counterpart.