You know things are going off the rails when the New York Times finally wakes up to reality. Never one to be the first on the bandwagon when it comes to reliable investigative reporting of the Left, the Times nonetheless made up for it on Thursday in their profile of Obama’s deputy national security advisor, Ben Rhodes. In the piece, the Times totally destroys the spool of absurdity that is the President’s deal with Iran by revealing that the Administration basically lied straight to America’s face through the media.
In The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama’s Foreign Policy Guru, reporter, David Samuels writes, “The way in which most Americans have heard the story of the Iran deal presented…was largely manufactured for the purpose of selling the deal.” According to senior director at the National Security Council, Robert Malley, creating the notion that a “moderate” leadership was taking power in Iran was “politically useful to Obama.”
Now, I know what you’re saying. Duh. Anybody with a lick of common sense could have told you that working out a nuclear deal with Iran is a great way to offer America up for suicide. In fact, many common sense people said just that. And, while the eye-catcher is meant to be “look what juicy scandal the NY Times is reporting”, my question is more like, why did they even bother? Sadly, this is the kind of reporting that an institute that calls itself the 4th Estate is supposed to do all along.
When the Times reports that the Administration manufactured a fiction to a “hundreds of clueless reporters”, they pretty much hope we gloss over that part in the hope that we’ll all be as shocked as they are that Obama lied. Yep, I’m pretty sure it’s that dedication to the truth that broke Watergate.
Samuels continues to write about how Rhodes, who seems like he would fit right at home as a House of Cards character, “took advantage of a rational absence of disclosure” to hand-select members of the media, including Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic and Laura Rozen of Al-Monitor to market a story that ordinarily wouldn’t sell in Hollywood. Rhodes told the Times, “We had test drives to know who was going to be able to carry our message effectively, and how to use outside groups like Ploughshares, the Iran Project and whomever else. So we knew the tactics that worked.” According to Samuels, Rhodes is proud of the way he sold the Iran deal.
Look, we all know Obama isn’t going to get nailed for lying to America to justify empowering Her enemies. Hell, they’ll probably give him another Nobel. What I’d like to know is when is the media- those self-entitled gatekeepers of the truth for us citizens- going to hold themselves responsible for essentially choosing to be “clueless” (with apologies to Mr. Samuels who reported this travesty)? Like the Marxist policies and leaders modern media generally deems “newsworthy” because of how much they care, it’s really past time to do away with the fantasy of the 4th Estate. Not that there can’t be a free and independent press, but only that our current incarnation is anything but free and independent. Today’s media traded in those badges long ago for a change to shape the narrative and basically dictate what is truth to the rest of us.
It only took a major media outlet to report on the corruption of the media and the Obama Administration years after both were too late to affect.