Megyn Kelly devotes half her prime time hour to mourn the fall from grace. Other journalists on other networks join in the lamentation. You figure broadcast media operates something like the legal profession. The barristers rumble in court and lob their verbal grenades; but after the verdict, they head to the watering hole to compare notes; and if one of their own ever takes a fall, they quickly circle the wagons. Likewise, Kelly puts on her melancholy face. She grieves, stumped how a world-class news anchor, the “face” of NBC, could possibly jeopardize his career and betray the people’s trust in him and his vaunted organization. In successive interviews, she remains sorrowful, truly despondent that a well-liked superstar could tumble from his celebrity pedestal. Her guests, equally somber, share in the sentimental eulogy. If Kelly is stumped, you’re flat stupefied that anyone is even mildly surprised that the face of NBC News is a liar. Let’s be real. Who is naive enough to believe that anyone with an IQ over 80 trusts NBC, or any other network for that matter? The Brian Williams tumble may be calamitous news to his guilt-ridden peer group; but your first thought was, “Sure, he lied; he works for NBC.” Incomprehensibly, or hilariously, the self-important news media actually believes it has a reputation to lose. And, typically, it avoids the bigger story behind the Williams disclosure. And that story is this: America has a lying culture — sown, nourished and sustained by none other than the nation’s elected leader. Not exactly breaking news, is it Matilda? Obama lies routinely, skillfully, even artistically — arguably his life’s matchless talent. If the leader lies, it follows that the people who work for him must lie. They reside in the State Department, the Cabinet, the “Justice” Department, the Treasury, the IRS — throughout the Federal landscape. Most visibly, they are the Press Secretaries and other talking heads who occupy podiums, with a straight face, mind you, to spin and recycle the boss’s original deceptions — something you might call “twice-told tales.” And what is mainstream media’s response to duplicity and treachery? Why, nothing less than to engage in a conspiracy of silence, if not compliance, to serve as a political pawn, like the nationalized media in a ruthless dictatorship. NBC furloughed Brian Williams to live off his multimillion dollar portfolio, but not because he lied. They knew he lied when he lied. They disciplined him because he got caught. Poor baby. Filled with remorse, he now will be relegated to writing a NY Times best-selling, first-hand account of his place in the sun; and then devote himself to others by accepting lucrative speech engagements in the interest of honest journalism. The unpleasant truth in all of this is, Brian Williams would still be inventing facts had someone not blown the whistle, just as J. Sandusky would still be prowling about Penn State locker room showers. Getting caught does have consequences. Oh, except when you’re the leader of the free world. Then your continual duplicity gets a free pass, not only from your peers who betray their oath of office, but also from a bankrupt media that long since lost its soul.
Paralysis. True, one word can never adequately define the decline of America. But it comes pretty close. Other words offer some needed reinforcement. Cowardice, certainly. Profligacy, an obvious choice. Corruptness, in your face every day. Gluttony, an epidemic. And Treachery, at the very pinnacle of power. But paralysis remains the most relevant. It suggests that this nation’s people, staring in the face of evil, are somehow incapacitated, disabled, powerless to rescue themselves and their country from the enemy within. You listen and watch broadcast media interviews, however distracted you may be on occasion by silken limbs and glistening lips. The pundits, commentators, lawmaker guests and other experts recite chapter and verse about what ails America. They wail and whine. They protest and proclaim. And they, of course, exempt themselves from the issue du jour — from the healthcare fiasco, or the amnesty debacle, or the rocketing debt, or a Middle East run amok, or IRS extortion, or Medicare fraud, or Immigration Fraud, or Crony Capitalism Fraud. And, yes, they admit they now have Congressional power and the power of the purse; but doggone it, the POTUS will not give us an inch on his agenda. He’s a real meanie, he is. He skips merrily along, personally running what is now the world’s largest, richest banana republic; and even sends his minions to Israel to see if he can dim the Zionest star by neutralizing its current leader. Meanwhile, the GOP and media critics excoriate the POTUS for refusing to call Islamist Terrorists what they are — Islamist Terrorists. In other words, they rightly claim, until you call something by its name, you can not begin to defeat it. Yet these very same critics have refused for years to call America’s domestic enemy by name — the one and only Barack Hussein Obama. They refuse to say, publicly at least, that he’s anti-America. They refuse to suggest that, in his heart at least, he is Muslim. They refuse to formally denounce him for engaging in a relentless practice of lies and deception. They refuse to acknowledge that he systematically and deliberately has undermined America’s global hegemony, its domestic tranquility, its vital resources and its economic sovereignty. Through his action and inaction, a mountain of documented evidence proves he routinely has violated his sacred oath — to “. . . preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Yet those we have elected to preserve this “shining city on a hill” avoid their own sworn duty, allowing the city’s lights to dim one by one. Fearing racial demonstration, media hostility and personal risk, they will not renounce and remove the enemy in the WH, despite his stack of impeachable offenses. In private business, any CEO can eventually bite the dust through poor performance or moral turpitude. In professional or college sport, nobody puts up with a losing coach, or a washout player, at least not for very long. But arguably for the biggest job on earth, the Separation of Powers permits any traitorous behavior, any amount of perjuring and any amount of incompetence. The lawmakers you entrust to protect and preserve the America you love remain frozen like the proverbial deer in the proverbial headlights. In the grip of a numbing paralysis. Willing, evidently, to tolerate the enemy within.
Her name is Elizabeth Marie Harf, Deputy Spokesperson for the US State Department. She appeared on The Kelly File January 12 to recite a bunch of weasel talking points about why the Obama administration refuses to use the “I” word in the war on Islamic terrorism. She spent most of her time, not only justifying the administration’s position, but astonishingly trumpeted a series of foreign policy successes — victories, mind you — that the administration allegedly had won. There must be a word that surpasses “gall” to characterize the deceitful drivel that flows out of spokespersons like her and Josh Earnest who weave, duck, and spin utter hokum to justify the most deadly, pernicious, if not traitorous, foreign policy in American history. From beheading to mass executions, to kidnappings and rape to territorial invasion to cyber terrorism — the world is in chaos — and no one is more responsible for this free fall than one Barack Obama whose ideology and personal Muslim devotion has gravely weakened America and threatened its national security. For many, he has in fact violated his oath of office. Yet Harf, like all Obama spokespersons, glibly and arrogantly puts aside any sense of professional integrity to smile condescendingly as she blows smoke from her 33 year-old mouth. Not a pretty mouth, by the way. Which brings you to an observation — that, with rare exception, Democrat institutions invariably search for rather plain, if not ugly, women to hold high office. Or perhaps that’s an unfair assertion. Because statistics likely will show that homely women are smarter and more ambitious than pretty women and thus deserve their bureaucratic appointments. And you can’t overlook the likelihood that the Fox Television Network simply scarfs up all the leggy foxes who prove that glamor and brains can indeed coalesce in a tight dress. In any event, outside of Hollywood and other entertainment venues, you must agree Democrat women politicians and activists would be hard pressed getting a date at a maximum security prison. To her credit, Harf never had to lean on looks. She earned her MA in Foreign Affairs from UVA. Doubtless, her magniloquent gifts won her showy positions in the CIA and the State Department. You can’t bring yourself to cattily suggest her work on Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign gave her a leg up, can you? Of course not. Right out of school, her incisive mind propelled her as an analyst focusing on Middle Eastern leadership issues. Next, media spokesperson of the CIA. Next, adviser to Obama on national security and communications strategy. Next, campaign spokeswoman on national security issues. Wow. Not one day of military service. Not one day as a CIA operative. Not one day as a foreign diplomat. Not one day in law enforcement. But now you’re being petty. You can’t blame her for winning a job with no real-world experience and accomplishment. After all, she had a role model. He sits in the WH.