Thursday, July 17, 2008
Obama and the Three Anchors
"Ooooosaaamaa- Ti aaaamo"
(OK, all you feminists, save your cards and letters. There were no women among the Three Tenors.)
Like a recent American college grad doing the obligatory summer tour in Europe, Barack Obama is about to "do" the Middle East this summer. The purpose? To give himself creds for knowing the region and what should be done in Iraq. Fine. I have no problem with Obama going to see the situation first-hand. Now, however, it has been announced that the three major news networks are sending their anchors along to cover the trip (Charles Gibson-ABC, Katie Couric-CBS and Brian Williams-NBC).
The question begs to be asked-why?
Did these three network superstars accompany John McCain to Iraq? Of course not. So why are they all going along on this trip? The answer is easy.
All three networks are doing this as part of a huge campaign rally for Obama.
That's right. Long ago, it was obvious that the mainstream news media wants Obama to be president. They wanted him to win the Democratic nomination, and now they want him to win the general election as well. Their coverage of his travels, activities and their interviews with the candidate will all be designed and programmed to show that Obama is presidential when it comes to national security and military matters-which he of course is not.
So here is what viewers should look for when the Three Anchors take turns interviewing Obama at the end of each day's activities: Will they ask him hard questions, such as what would he do if (after the troops are pulled out of Iraq) Iran moves in, Al Qaida takes over, Iraqi supporters of the US effort are massacred, etc? Will they hit him with hard follow ups when he starts to stumble his way around answers? Or will they throw up softballs designed to allow Obama to hit homers and return home in triumph after showing the public he is ready to be president and deal with the war issues?
Well, Gibson may do the right thing since he did hit Obama with some hard questions in the debates, but Couric and Williams? Don't bet on it.
To those who watch this exercise in propaganda on TV, I hope you will think long and hard about the propriety of the major news organizations brazenly promoting a particular candidate. I hope I will be proven wrong, but I don't think so.