One of the great tragedies of journalism is that New York Times, Washington Post and other liberal reporters and broadcast outlets were banned from traveling to Chicago to write or produce in depth news articles, etc., on Barach Obama while he was running for president of the United States.
Dozens of sources who knew intimately of Obama's time as a parishioner at Rev. Jeremiah Wright's church and his life in South Chicago were conveniently ignored. Donald Trump the candidate and president? Well that's fair game.
Whatever crime liberal, leftist journalist and commentators think the president has committed, Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton did far worse. If this is the case, why has there been little or no balance in investigating previous administrations? Because as a practical matter, liberal journalists, meaning any journalist at any liberal news outlet could investigate Obama for the simple fact that he was the first black president and was given a pass. It was essentially the same treatment that was given to Pres. Kennedy.
If they had done that, if any white reporter had been "mean," objective, about any aspect of the Obamas, or had been direct or ugly, disrespectful or Pres. Obama or even any of this press secretaries, they would have been ostracized or worse, labeled a racist. The opposite is true of how reporters treat Pres. Trump. Mostly notably, April Ryan, who is black, has been rude to, for example, Sarah Sanders, Trump's press secretary. What's the difference? Trump is Republican and white. Obama was a Democrat and black.
It's acceptable for her to be rude to someone who is white and Republican. Not so for someone who is Democrat and black. Ryan is also a poor example of a journalist since she both claims to be objective and at the same time creates fictional accounts about Pres. Trump as a commentator on CNN. She is not alone. Jim Acosta does this as well. Rush Limbaugh said Obama was the liberal's black messiah. If that is true, Acosta worshipped at the feet of his savior.
Why is there such indifference to liberal politicians? Because they most represent members of the media. They are like them. And they like them. The Clinton's, like members of the liberal media, did not care who they injure or run over, so long as they get their policies and laws approved.
How will history judge liberal, leftist journalists who did nothing about Obama, who turned a bind eye to his many lies, his devious designs, his playing with the IRS, the FBI and Justice Department to harm anyone who opposed him? Not since J. Edgar Hoover has the Justice Department and the FBI been used for one's own whims, in many cases, personal vendettas against honest journalists, including those at Fox News and other networks.
This is a partial list of Obama activities that were ignored by the media:
A bathhouse friend of Obama’s wrote a book about his homosexual/sexual relationship with him when he was in Chicago. (It’s available on Amazon).
A homosexual choir director was murdered after Obama left Chicago. Never investigated.
Jeremiah Wright’s church was known for allowing or encouraging homosexual black men to marry single black men because there were so many single black women and too few black men. It was known and reported by the New York Times as on The Down Low, before he ran for president.
Obama’s history at Wright’s church was so under investigated that the God Damn America sermon he gave after 9/1/1 was first reported by Sean Hannity of Fox News.
The Obama’s continued to attend the church after the sermon.
A government supported apartment that the Obamas invested in, with favorable financial terms, failed and closed.
During and after his presidency:
Obama told the Russian president he would have more flexibility after he is re-elected, presumably referring to arms negotiations - a treasonous statement that was never investigated.
Former Sec. of State John Kerry flew to Iran for the purpose of having talks with Iranian officials without permission- a clear violation of the Logan act.
The list for Bill and Hillary Clinton is even longer.
George Stephanopoulos (before he joined ABC news) claimed that Bill Clinton did not have a character problem after he was accused of raping one woman, and molesting at least two others. Hillary Clinton threatened Juanita Broderick after she made the rape accusation. One of the women who accused Bill Clinton settled out of court.
Bill Clinton received half a million dollars in “speaking fees” from Russians.
Hillary Clinton brokered a deal that gave the Russians more Uranium.
Hillary Clinton laughed about getting a rapist off when he was clearly guilty when she was an attorney in Arkansas.
The danger in skewed reporting, in attacking a president, vilifying him without evidence or making up things that he has never done is that it makes it easier for people who should know better to follow suit. Personal dislike for someone is never a good reason to tip the scales of justice. Yet, this is exactly what has happened and is continuing to happen to Pres. Trump. It happened while he was running for president. It happened during the first two years of his presidency. It's still happening.
Christians who should know better are following this lead. Instead of praying for the president, and respecting him as they are called to do, they are following the lead of misguided, Godless journalists and comedians who think they are moral leaders. They act like parts of the Bible don’t apply to them when it comes to politics. It doesn't seem to apply to some comedians and night time TV personalities, many of whom claim to be Catholic. They have joined the mob.
The thinking must go like this: we don’t really have to pray for Pres.Trump, do we? Why don’t we just gossip about the latest non disclosure agreement he signed with one of his ex wives, or repeat the latest Stephen Colbert joke about his administration. That’s a lot more fun than praying for him. Everybody else is doing it.
It's not the first time in history that Christians did not stand up for people who are being unjustly accused, maligned. It happened in the South under slavery and Jim Crow. People, Christians, decided to join the mob and attack innocent people.
It also happened in Nazi Germany, when the Lutheran and Catholic churches did not defend Jews. It’s happening today as well. A Bernie Sanders volunteer and frequent poster on the Southern Poverty Law Center web site decided that Republicans were such a threat. as they were described on the web site, that he needed to drive to Washington, D.C. and kill a few of them. So that’s what he did. He brought a rifle to the capitol and nearly killed Rep. Steve Scalise. We are fortunate that he survived. The question is will our nation survive.
This mean was never reported to be a Bernie Sanders volunteer in the media. In fact, many Christian not-for-profit organizations are listed on the Southern Poverty Law Center as domestic terror groups. Other Christian groups listed on the SPLC sited have been attacked by fringe followers of the center as well.
The Family Research Center in Washington, D.C. was also attacked by a follower of the SPLC. Despite this, Amazon currently uses the center as a source for discriminating against Christian organizations. What does this have to do with reporting on Obama and the Clintons? Pres. Trump supports Christian organizations, they same ones who were attacked by followers of the SPLC.
As one man said, the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men (and women) to say or do nothing. We know that in our culture, the most members of the media won't report on evil for the simple fact that it implicated them. They failed to report on Obama in Chicago. Just don't remind them of their failure. But Christians are not responsible to the media or the New York Times. They are responsible to God. Let’s hope Christians no longer play the fool and act like no one will notice that they have joined the media mob. If nobody else notices, God does.
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