As the folks at the various Breitbart blogs do the job in 2012 that the legacy media should have done in 2008, we wonder increasingly at a Chicago politician with roots in the counterculture movements of the left could succeed in portraying himself as a new kind of politician, able to bridge the partisan divide.
Never mind that this Mr. Obama had no record of standing up to the Chicago machine or promoting, much less helping enact, real and far-reaching reform. Yet, somehow he, in 2008, suddenly became the one able to end the polarization that had all but defined American politics (save for a brief hiatus after 9/11) for the preceding sixteen years.
Now, as his failure becomes increasingly manifest, a failure coupled with most-partisan rhetoric, it will be interesting to watch how the media cover the reality of their creation.
Wondering if “Democratic politicians” might start deserting “Barack Obama before it’s too late” and speculating that polls might be underestimating Romney’s strength, Roger Simon quips that
. . . the mainstream media are going to be doing mental cartwheels, trying to think of ways to spin this. It’s not going to be easy. The sons and daughters of Grub Street are going to have to explain away a horrendous economy. They invented Barack Obama (quite literally); now they are going to have to live with him.
Emphasis added. They invented Barack Obama. Indeed.
No wonder they’re so unwilling to take note of Breitbart’s vetting. That might call into question their process of creation. A process which appears to have replaced real efforts at reporting.