Teddy Roosevelt on how Republics Die…

“The Roman Republic fell, not because of the ambition of Caesar or Augustus, but because it had already long ceased to be in any real sense a republic at all. When the sturdy Roman plebeian, who lived by his own labor, who voted without reward according to his own convictions, and who with his fellows formed in war the terrible Roman legion, had been changed into an idle creature who craved nothing in life save the gratification of a thirst for vapid excitement, who was fed by the state, and directly or indirectly sold his vote to the highest bidder, then the end of the republic was at hand, and nothing could save it. The laws were the same as they had been, but the people behind the laws had changed, and so the laws counted for nothing.”
- President Theodore Roosevelt

Via Ace, who also goes to the trouble of spelling out why what we are seeing in the mainstream press is different from the usual bias:

Previously, the press has been both biased in a partisan way and an in an ideological way, but usually the partisanship was driven by ideology. As you may have noticed, the press are great fans of gay marriage and abortion, and they shape their coverage to put the best possible face on these positions, and the worst possible face on opponents. (To the extent they feature contrary voices at all.)

That’s bias, of course. We’ve gotten used to that.

But in the Benghazi debacle, there is no possible ideological grounding to explain their bias. There is, I trust, no ideological movement that advocates for intelligence failures and the deaths of good-guy diplomats. There is no ideological movement in favor of reckless incompetence bordering on malice in providing security for consulates abroad (which, as a legal matter, are considered US territory).

There is no ideological movement — or at least there was not before — championing the government’s right to lie to the public about its failures in order to avoid accountability.

There is no room here where one can say, “Ah well, they can’t help but be pulled a bit to the left by their own beliefs.” Because no one champions the right of government to let people be murdered and then lie about it.

This isn’t ideological bias, then. This is pure advocacy for a political party. Obama’s embarrassment is not an ideological issue — or should not be. I hope we can all agree that a president should attend security briefings — especially as 9/11 approaches — and provide adequate warning and security for US government personnel. I hope we can all agree that the government does not suddenly gain a Right To Shamelessly Lie about its failures, simply because it finds it politically advantageous to do so.

Read it all and follow the links. And send it around.

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  • http://jscafenette.com Manny

    I’ve noticed too that the press has gone beyond their typical bias. I think I’ve mentioned it a few times. As far as i can tell there is nothing we can actually do to change the situation, except undermine their credibility at every turn. And even then we just don’t have a loud enough bull horn to spread the message.

  • David

    Yes, we’ve become accustomed to the bias, the intellectual dishonesty. When we are unwilling to challenge the broader narrative, we are willing to accept everything else. That’s why the MSM has been able to ignore the Benghazi terrorist attack and the latest round of Middle East instability. That’s why the MSM has been able to ignore the economy is much closer ruin. We may need to loose everything before we realize we have lost it all. I pray it doesn’t come to that.

  • David

    Sorry for the typo – should read, “… the economy is much closer to ruin.”

  • Ted Seeber

    The ideological bias in the Benghazi debacle is patently obvious. Safety over truth.

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