Townhall: McCain's gotta speak to & for America (OOPS)

Tonight is do or die for John McCain – this is his absolute [next-to-the] last chance to speak directly to the American people, unsuppressed by media filters. (Except for the next debate, at Hofstra University, which I’d forgotten. Oops. Yes, I blushing.)

And the filters are working overtime, as Patterico demonstrates here:

Today John McCain finally began to tell the country about his own efforts to regulate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and the Democrats’ incredible inaction. Yes, as many of us had urged, McCain finally talked about the economy, and the conservative blogs went nuts. Republican bloggers know that McCain has to talk about this, because the economy is the top issue concerning Americans, and McCain has a good story to tell — even if it’s one that the media has been ignoring.

Speaking of which: How did the L.A. Times cover McCain’s stunning speech taking on this core economic concern?

By pretending McCain never said it, and by quoting Barack Obama talking about how McCain is scared to talk about the economy. [Emphasis Patterico]

So, basically, if McCain is going to talk about the most pressing issue of the day, and the media is going to shut him out – McCain has a big problem.

And America has an even bigger problem.

Barack Obama is running against John McCain.

John McCain and Sarah Palin are running against the microphones, cameras and ink barrels of the easily wounded mainstream press. Obama doesn’t have to do much of anything if the barely knowledgeable and completely agendized press is going to carry him to victory on their shoulders.

And of course, a press who will not ask a probing question, investigate a shady association or demand any sort of accountability from the guy they put into place is not going to ask much of him once they’ve enthroned him there. Which is all a nation needs to nurture an ambitious sapling looking for love into a mighty oak of tyranny.

The press used to like to say their job was to “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable” or some such…but they won’t dare make Sen. Obama the least bit uncomfortable, will they, with a searching question. They didn’t “afflict” John Kerry much either, but this time ’round it’s truly remarkable.

Some are wondering why the press has gone this far – why they are in the process of destroying their own credibility in an effort to insure a victory for the Democrat candidate over McCain, the guy they loved, as long as he was singing their tunes.

Well, really, it is simple. With the first-amendment unfriendly Obama in the White House, the Internet-unfriendly Pelosi running the House and as many as 3 SCOTUS judges to be named probably within Obama’s first year in office, the press will face a huge reduction in competition from the alternative media. With a filibuster-proof house the so-called “fairness doctrine” will quickly be put back in place, which will effectively end representation of opposing viewpoints. With Mrs. Pelosi’s previously murmured intentions to regulate internet freedoms and access, even unto her own elected colleagues, the ‘net will cease to be a force in politics or freedom of expression. And the newly revitalized ‘activist’ Supreme Court will uphold all of it.

In other words, with an Obama victory and a Democrat sweep, the press will – within a year or so – once again be “the only game in town.” And with no reason to do so, they will not even pay the barest lip-service to opposition opinion. Hell, they barely do, now. They will become the monolithic monopoly which acts as the trumpet for the Glorious Government of the People’s Republic of America – or, if you like, Pravda West.

I expect we’ll also see a newly minted “crisis” coming down the pike every other week – to keep the nation off-balance and distracted. Fun times.

Once again, as one raised by classical liberals, one who considers herself, still, to be a “classical” liberal, I am at a loss to understand how those who call themselves “liberal” in 2008 can find this unfree, suppressive press acceptable. I am at a loss to explain how the very people who have been hyperventilating about “lost civil rights” – and projecting all manner of suppression onto a Bush administration that never shut down a film, or a parody, or a radio station or a book or play or any media that criticized it so roundly and with so much vigorous hate – are so willfully blind to the maneuvers being run by their favorite candidate. But love is blind. So, apparently is the appetite for victory. Winning “at all costs” – even unto the ends of the scorched earth – will end up costing a great deal, but some don’t seem to care about that.

A President Obama seems to promise a heavy boot coming down hard on dissent and to seriously threaten civil liberties, beyond the first and second. He’s already showing his inclinations in that area. Those of us who dissent will no longer be told “dissent is the highest form of patriotism.” We’ll be feeling full-blast the “chill wind” Tim Robbins so prosaically imagined all those years ago. I can’t wait to see what happens to our rights to assemble and to worship. Hey, where 2 or 3 are gathered, and not in his name, there might be a conspiracy – can’t have that.

So, Sen. McCain, make the most of this townhall debate, sir. It really is your last chance to speak to the voters unabridged, uncensored and undistorted. And that may be the saddest line I’ve ever written.

And you folks who are not speaking up against what the press is doing – how they are literally suppressing one candidate’s responses to the other candidate’s charges, in order to put forward their golden One – you should be ashamed of yourselves for your complicity. You know better, you really do. You fool yourselves that these “little political lies” will somehow bring about an administration and an era “of truth.” But deep down, you know that lies never give birth to the truth. You know that a press willing to smother a dialogue, unwilling to look at questionable associations, questionable funding, questionable authorship or questionable ethics will not suddenly pivot and start telling it like it is. But you’ll do anything to win, even tolerate the loss of our free press.

Shame on you. Shame on you. That goes against everything “liberalism” – even the deconstructed and redefined liberalism of the 21st century – is supposed to be about.

Meanwhile…the reading goes on…. If you want to see the live-feed (it’s in Italian) go here and press the top red box on the right. As I write this Nehemiah begins.

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  • irascibleChef

    “So, basically, if McCain is going to talk about the most pressing issue of the day, and the media is going to shut him out – McCain has a big problem.
    And America has an even bigger problem.
    Barack Obama is running against John McCain.”

    Don’t you think it would be more accurate to say that “the world is running against John McCain?”


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  • Bridey

    I actually don’t agree with one point here. Suppression of opposing voices, by any means necessary, is exactly what liberalism of this century is “supposed to be about.” Indeed, that’s what it’s for.

    People do not become liberals out of respect for diversity of opinion. Superficial differences, like skin color and ethnicity and even religion (if you don’t take it too far or hurt anybody’s feelings) are OK, and sexual diversity is, of course, the best diversity of all. But inside your different-colored, differently (and possibly variably) gendered head, you’d better have exactly the same state-approved brain as everybody else.

    As I have (probably) said before, Obama has every important instinct of a dictator. I don’t think that those who love and support him most — even beyond the lapdogs of the mainstream media — don’t understand that. They just kind of like the idea.

    For the rest of us — well, it’s been obvious for quite some time that a lot of people emerge into adult life ill-equipped for political thinking that goes much beyond “Four legs good, two legs bad.” And Obama demands no more. Indeed, if he can, he’ll forbid anything more.

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  • Laura

    I think you’re spot-on about a lot of these people, especially the movers and shakers, but there are a lot of rank and file Democrats who are not being disingenuous. My brother *really does believe* he has lost basic freedoms during the last 7 years and that he will get them back in an Obama administration. You ask him what exactly, and he’ll give you an incomprehensible spittle-flecked diatribe with all the details. He’s convinced, CONVINCED! that Bush is the antichrist and Cheney is the devil. It’s perplexing, because he’s otherwise very intelligent. On the other hand… maybe I’d just prefer to believe that, than believe my brother is, at heart, a fascist.

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