The MSM never made any secret of the fact that it loathed Ronald Reagan. Back in the 1980s, as an unthinking liberal, I too loathed Reagan. The MSM’s unrelenting hostility to Reagan allowed me to feel that my views about the man were correct and that I was indeed an intellectually superior, insightful human being. Reagan was a stupid actor, a war monger, an enemy of the poor, a homophobe. You could wade through his deepest thoughts without getting your ankles wet. I thought it all; the MSM said it all.
Fortunately, not all Americans were as dumb as I was, as they elected the man, not once, but twice.
When Reagan died, the MSM, which I still watched sporadically back in 2004, was absolutely shocked that Americans turned out in such numbers to pay homage to Reagan. It was clear that they expected his funeral to be a small affair, with a few jokes for old times sake about his Alzheimers having kicked in beginning in the 1940s. Instead, thousands of Americans journeyed to Washington to file by his casket. The national outpouring of grief, the sense that someone great had passed, was tremendous.
In the years since Reagan’s death, I haven’t detected any softening in the MSM’s attitude towards him until this very week. You see, this week Obama’s troops in the MSM have a problem. Obama is selling, but voters aren’t buying. In the past, to help Obama sell his stuff, the MSM has resurrected famous presidents to find an analogy to Obama’s wonderfulness.
“Obama is Lincoln, and he’ll have a non-partisan cabinet!” The most partisan president ever blew that analogy out of the water on practically his first day in office (“I won“). Nor could the MSM find comfort in the fact that, in keeping with the Civil War idea, Obama does seem to be helping to move the country toward the rhetorical equivalent of a Civil War.
“Obama is FDR, and he’ll make sure that Happy Days Are Here Again!” This analogy became a fail too, as it became clear that (a) Happy Days Are Not Here Again and (b) it turns out that the only way in which Obama is comparable to FDR is that the economy is getting worse, not better, under his watch.
“Obama is Kennedy, and he’ll bring class back to the White House!” Whoops. Another fail. Obama and his high living wife are not classy, they’re trashy. Also, even Boy Kennedy showed more courage than Obama when it came to acknowledging America’s enemies (Communists then; Islamists now), not to mention the fact that Kennedy actually seemed to like America.
This week’s trope, and it’s the most laughable one of all, is that Obama is Reagan! Yes, you heard it through the MSM first. Obama has secretly been emulating Reagan since the 1980s, his charm, his deep love of America, his commitment to American exceptionalism, and his abiding belief in the individual and the danger of big government.
At this point, you and I are laughing hysterically. This is akin to announcing that Michael Vicks, at an early age, committed himself to the teachings of St. Francis; that Jeffrey Dahmer found Gandhi a compelling figure because of his vegetarianism; and that Lady GaGa has always seen Mother Theresa as a role model.
Clearly, the MSM is desperate. But, despite its decline, it still has a bully pulpit. A more shabby, less loud pulpit than ever before, but a bully one all the same. Most Americans are, in some way or another, exposed to the MSM. For those of us who are ideologically strong and are paying attention, it’s easy to slough off its nonsense. And given enough time, Americans have shown that they’ll figure out the lies. I’m wondering, though, how long it will be before ordinary Americans (that is, the ones who aren’t as politically obsessed as we are) figure this one out, and how many foolish people will remain trapped forever in this nonsense.
I’ll leave you with two famous quotations attributed to two famous Americans, one of whom Obama is not much like (Lincoln) and one of whom he is a great deal like (Barnum):
“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.”
“There’s a sucker born every minute.”