June 19, 2009
Most Americans love a good scandal. Schadenfreude, the taking of pleasure from the
misfortunes of others, is a basic element of human nature. Granted, not the prettiest,
but nonetheless, there is something deeply satisfying about seeing the mighty brought
low, the arrogant humbled and the wrongdoer getting his just dessert. A reminder
to us all that misfortune is not ours alone.
Mainstream media obliges and indulges this base emotion, as ever more 'news' concentrates
on he said, she said imbroglios. Ratings soar as the latest Palin/Letterman twist
is breathlessly reported. Internet news providers join in by posting the most lurid
and shocking aberrations of the unlucky few who had the misfortune to get caught
in what the media decides is a 'scandal'.
Oddly enough, despite the guaranteed ratings that accompany most scandals, the media
is choosing to ignore what many consider major scandals - or would consider
major scandals if they were actually reported. But they're not. The media, working
in tandem with liberals, oops, progressives, now decide which scandals get coverage, raising
the question, 'Is it still a scandal if its not reported?' Inquiring minds want
In just the last month, an unusual number of what were formerly regarded as scandals
went unnoticed and largely unreported by the old media, to wit:
Needless to say, if Obama took the time to personally fire everyone who was 'confused
and disoriented', he'd start with his own press secretary and then go on to, well,
Despite the numerous and ongoing media stories regarding former President Bush's
perfectly legal firing of US attorneys years ago, the media, with a handful of exceptions,
has decided not to report that Obama's firing of Gerald Walpin was not an isolated
incident. Two other IGs have been dismissed
in the past two weeks. The media
has ignored this alarming trend, focusing instead on
Donald Trump's firing of Miss California. Moving on...
Monica Conyers, the wife of longtime Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) received a letter
Tuesday indicating a pending indictment
from federal authorities
on corruption-related charges. Yawn. Good thing it wasn't Newt Gingrich's wife.
News briefly surfaced that Senator Dick Durbin, after a closed door meeting with
the Federal Reserve right before the economic crash, quickly cashed out his stock holdings
, raising the question of insider
trading. A question which will most likely go unanswered. Martha Stewart must be
A report detailing how UN workers are actually stealing food from the starving people
for whom it was intended
and selling it on the black market was merely a blip on the radar. The UN said it
had no idea that the food wasn't getting to the starving people of Somalia until
shown pictures of UN-packaged goods on sale. Yawn.
Likewise a report detailing about $55 billion worth of fraud
to date in the handling of the
so-called stimulus funds went virtually unreported. Billions of our tax dollars,
down a black hole. A non-event.
And remember 'Cold Cash' Jefferson? The Democrat caught with a cool $90,000 in his
freezer? He's currently on trial
. The media has chosen not to cover the
story. Moving on...
What about Barney Frank? He blasted President Obama yesterday
over a controversial anti-gay
marriage court filing and is calling on the commander in chief to explain himself.
Something Barney has yet to do when the rare reporter dares to question him about
his role in promoting Fannie Mae, to the detriment of thousands of shareholders.
(Or his earlier scandal, when it surfaced that his town home was being used as a
gay cathouse by his boyfriend of the moment.)
When's the last time you heard about the ACORN scandal? This organization, a recipient
of our tax dollars, is under investigation for voter fraud. The media reporting
to date would lead one to believe that its all the fault of a few rogue employees,
despite evidence to the contrary, which
was reported only by Fox News.
House Democrats just crushed a GOP amendment
to cut funding to this scandalous organization. At the same time, they halted a GOP amendment to investigate Speaker
that the CIA lied to her. Don't bother looking for this on
the nightly news.
The list goes on. Sen. Ronald Burris, caught on tape in a lie regarding his new
Senate seat. Likewise down the memory hole are Charlie
Rangel's tax 'misstatements', Harry Ried's questionable land deal, and Obama's questionable
land deal. Democrats, all.
Oh, and let's not forget all the questions, unreported by the media
, regarding why Obama has refused
to release his birth certificate. Or his
Here's another scandal. A huge scandal that affects each and every one of us. The
media's selective reporting, and non-reporting, that has resulted in many Americans actually
believing that the GOP is the party of scandal, the party of the ethically
challenged. I find this scandalous. But then, I'm just an average American in flyover
country, one of the peons the media is supposed to keep informed.
The real scandal is: Its not a scandal if a Democrat does it, if it involves a progressive
cause, or if the media decides not to report it. This effectively denies every American
the right to enough information to make an informed decision. Yawn.
Nancy Morgan is a columnist and news editor for
She lives in South Carolina
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