Too paranoid or not paranoid enough?


This past year has seen many strange and unususal events.  Recognizing that something is strange and unusual doesn’t make you paranoid, delusional or a whack-job.  As we progress from infancy to mature adulthood we learn to connect cause and effect, which allows us to both explain and predict events.

We know that what goes up must come down, water runs downhill, alcohol makes you drunk and babies come from having sex.  In fact, if we see the effect we don’t need to observe the cause to know that the cause exists.  A common law school explanation for “circumstantial evidence” is if when you go to bed it is clear and dry outside but when you wake up in the morning everything is covered with snow, you can be reasonably certain that it snowed during the night even though you didn’t see it happen.

But sometimes we see an effect that has no apparent cause, or we see a cause that doesn’t have the expected effect, and when that occurs it’s perfectly normal to consider it strange and unusual.  And when someone gives you an explanation that doesn’t make sense, you don’t have to know what the truth is to conclude that the person is lying to you.

Among the things that are strange and unusual about this election campaign is the way the media has been so completely in the tank for Barack Obama almost from the time he first emerged on the national stage back in 2004.  It wasn’t quite so evident during the primary campaign because the media has hated the Clintons for the better part of two decades, but when the primaries ended virtually the entire media moved in lockstep to support Obama, abandoning John McCain who had been their long-time favorite.

This is a strange and unusual occurrance because the media has been favoring GOP candidates and/or hating Democrats for years.  While there have been numerous stories in the blogosphere discussing the media’s enthusiastic support for Obama, most of them assume that the media is made up of individuals acting independently.

I find it difficult to believe that a large and diverse group of people working in the television and print media as well as prominent lefty bloggers would all join in unanimous agreement practically overnight.  I find it much more likely that a smaller and far less diverse group would do so.  That smaller and less diverse group is made up of the people who own and/or control most of our “free” press.

Rupert Murdoch, Jack Welch, Robert Iger, Ted Turner, Leslie Moonves, Craig Dubow, Bill McClatchy and Arthur Sulzberger Jr. control a big chunk of television, print and radio media.  These individuals, along with the other people who pay the salaries of the talking heads and writers with whom we are more familiar all have something in common: they are very wealthy.  And by “very wealthy” I ain’t talking about Joe the Plumber kinda money, I’m talking about “Lifestyles of the Rich and Shameless” stuff.

Chris Matthews, Keith Olberman, Maureen Dowd and Bill Kristol are just a few of the bloviating gasbags who make lots of money being inane, puerile and obtuse to reality.  They can’t be ignorant because they are college educated and have far more access to information than most of the general public.  Why would anyone pay them so much money for being so egregiously incompetent unless they were doing exactly what they were hired to do?  It’s obviously not a bug, it’s a feature.

So why do all those wealthy individuals who own and/or control the media want Barack Obama as our President?

I’m guessing it ain’t for the same reason all those African Americans and nutroots progressives supported him.

UPDATE:  The public stoning of Sarah Palin continues:

Uncritically, Carl Cameron and Shep Smith are reporting that some anonymous McCain aides say that Palin didn’t know that Africa was a continent; she thought, allegedly, it was a country.

It does not occur to either man to question these anonymous, and quite absurd, claims.

Or to wonder if perhaps these aides are of the Buckley/Parker sort, or if they perhaps have in mind a candidate they prefer in 2012…

Thus even Fox News begins the campaign to irradiate Palin to toxic levels for 2012.


Here’s a story these staffers tell: Sent to collect Palin from a hotel, she greeted them, straight from the shower (running late, I guess ) dressed (scandal!) only in a bathrobe (presumably a very thick hotel bathrobe).

These staffers called that “uncommon” — Cameron delighted in the word to give it the sound of “whorish, unprofessional.”

Rupert Murdoch owns FOX News.


9 Responses to Too paranoid or not paranoid enough?

  1. angienc says:

    Paranoia is having all the facts — William S. Burroughs.

    Just let me know when you want to get your wish. 😉

  2. djmm says:

    Excellent thoughtful post!

    As I just commented on Cannonfire, they better be careful trashing Gov. Palin. Some Democratic women are eating it up (having swallowed the kool-aid), but Republican women are listening and many I know are telling me that they are not amused.


  3. Eddie says:

    Putting on my tin foil hat: George Soros.
    I also know there’s been talk for about 18 months about how Katrina Vanden Heuvel corralled support for Barack Obama with the “independent” media.

  4. TheRealKim says:

    Republican women seem to come to the aid of their own much quicker that Dem women. I believe they will take care of Sarah. Now if only Dem women had taken care of Hillary.

  5. kenoshaMarge says:

    So-called liberal women only seem to care about liberal women. Unless they’re Hillary Clinton and then many of them don’t care much about her either. The very idea of a conservative woman being considered a “feminist” seems to send them over the edge.

    So long as “Roe” is the litmus test for everything, women will remain divided and the patriarchy wins. Most don’t seem to mind that. 56% of women voted for Obama. What a girl won’t do for a pat on the head, or the ass.

  6. Carol says:

    By early morning she was only clothed in a towel. These people need to be picked off one at a time.

  7. myiq2xu says:

    I never thought lady parts were that scary, but some people apparently do.

    I guess they’re afraid they don’t measure up.

  8. Carol says:

    I have decided to start an “Un-named Sources” web site. I thought this should be one of the first entries found at Greta:

    “Comment by Unnamed Source
    November 6th, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    ——————————-UNNAMED SOURCE -NEWS BULLETIN——————————-

    A reputable UNNAMED Source and Witness has just come forward with Audio, Video and Photos of Fox News’ SHEPARD SMITH and CARL CAMERON caught TOE TAPPING in the MENS ROOM at the DNC in Denver. It was also reported other witnesses heard loud MOANING and GROANING noises coming from same said Mens Room where Shepard Smith and Carl Cameron were later seen leaving. Early the following morning the same UNNAMED Source and Witness saw Carl Cameron leaving Shepard Smith’s hotel room IN A STAGE OF UNDRESS. Said UNNAMED Source and Witness has asked to not be identified because he works at a major CABLE NEWS NETWORK and fears his job will be put in jeopardy should his name is released. Additional information on happenings at the RNC by Shepard Smith and Carl Cameron soon to be released.=====

    ——————————-UNNAMED SOURCE -NEWS BULLETIN——————————-
    Whoever you are, nice try, but I can smell a Fox News Channel hater buy the Lame cheap cologne they wear!

    🙂 Rudy Reporting”


  9. wodiej says:

    I didn’t hear all what was said about Palin until today. Cripes, these people spouting off this nonsense truly are a PATHETIC bunch. Geez, the election is over but they are still talking about her clothes and other moronic stories. Desperate and scared. I’m sure Sarah Palin can handle it and I agree, Republican women support their own, Dem’s, apparently not. All I can say is Palin must be a threat or they wouldn’t still be talking about her.

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