By Tammy Swofford, Daily Times Pakistan
The Obama administration uses a short-lived cartoon series template to manage its affairs. There is no end of repercussions for the US public
The Obama administration has suffered so many epic scandals that it is hard for any newsroom, much less an individual journalist, to keep up with what is boiling over on the political stove. Unfortunately, White House tethers to the mainstream news media are at an all-time high. Perhaps using the word ‘tethers’ is too passive an analogy. The current relationship between our ‘free press’ and the White House is an umbilical cord. A few media giants readily take the stem cells (talking points) offered by the host and happily embark on creating tissues of lies.
What is the look of this umbilical cord? Let us start with the recently departed White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. He is married to Claire Shipman, an ABC network senior correspondent. Personally, I am glad the man has vacated the podium. He was a master of platitudes. President Obama’s Special Advisor Elizabeth Sherwood? Is her husband a tinker, tailor, soldier or sailor? Nope. Ben Sherwood is the president of the ABC news network. What about Ben Rhodes, the man who was the architect of the Benghazi “talking points”? His brother is the CBS network president. So, it comes as no surprise when in a June 26 CBS news video we are asked to endure another assault on our common sense as the President of the United States (POTUS) reminds US citizens there are “phony scandals” afloat in Washington and we should not be “cynical”. At this point, I envision the naked man in the closet and the wife grasping the sheets. Do not be cynical. It is not what it seems.
Are you one of the many viewers who depend on ABC or CBS for an unbiased cavalry-charging attempt to get at the truth regarding the preventable death of an ambassador in Benghazi? Do you look to them for clarity regarding any number of bumbling international mishaps by the current administration? Do you love Meet the Press because they court the unvarnished truth? Imagination is not inspiration. And neither imagination nor inspiration are the bedrock of healthy policy initiatives.
The scandals that continue to rock the people of the US are of immense importance for the future of our Republic. As the latest scandal flashes on the screen, I can now be found muttering, “Diaper Man flies again.” Diaper Man was the leader of a short-lived cartoon series titled Mighty Heroes. He was a fully articulate baby and the brains of the heroic group. He is joined by Strong Man, Rope Man, Tornado Man and Cuckoo Man. Together these mighty heroes find themselves engulfed in ludicrous situations, which are then orchestrated into even worse situations. Combat ineffective, they fall prey to a villain but (continue reading at Daily Times Pakistan)