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On Obama, Press Preys on Short Attention Spans

Tuesday, 10 May 2016 01:39 PM Current | Bio | Archive

A May 5, 2016, article in The New York Times Magazine is entitled, “The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama’s Foreign Policy Guru.” In it, journalist David Samuels delved into the depth of deceit in the Obama administration’s selling of the Iran Nuclear Accord Agreement, better known as the Iran deal.

Samuels reported on his interview with Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser and close Obama aide. The question raised by the Samuels interview is why were Ben Rhodes and his staff so dangerously open and arrogant in their statements?

One answer is that, like President Barack Obama, they believe they are the smartest people in the room; and Rhodes and his staff want to flaunt it. Rhodes stated that he and president were of one mind.

Many Americans have bought into their contention that the press favors the Obama administration in every aspect. This is true as Rhodes had a hand in the falsehoods released regarding the Benghazi events that resulted in the deaths of four brave Americans but never was vetted.

In the Samuels interview, Rhodes, the Obama aide, bragged of his ability to use the newsmedia as an “echo chamber” to feed the world and especially the United States his version of the Iran deal. Rhodes and the Obama cadre claim they were not only spinning the facts, they were lying about the Iranians involved in the negotiations.

The Obama team was negotiating with anti-America hard-liners rather than moderates.

Gullible newspersons never questioned the Obama administration news handouts and reported on them as verified facts. White House press corps members threw softball questions to the President or his spokesperson.

With scant knowledge of world affairs, most of the U.S. press corps accepted what they were told and then parroted it to the world.

Rhodes in the New York Times magazine article, dismisses many of the foreign affairs reporters were “inexperienced amateurs,” implying that they didn’t know what questions to ask. In fact, the press corps wilted when it came to the Iran deal.

Rhodes orchestrated “arms control experts” who became news sources for clueless reporters. Thus, he was able to script a narrative to mislead the American people and the world regarding the Iran deal.

Israel must be cringing with resentment, and the U.S. Congress must be wondering how now to handle President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, after they have dealt in duplicity with the Congress in this and other matters, such as Benghazi and the IRS scandals.

The U.S. Congress has been stonewalled when requesting records from the Obama Administration.

The deceptive Iranian operation was directed by Rhodes, a 38-year-old man with no foreign affairs experience but a superego. Operating on pure chutzpah, he added insult to injury, gladly boasted of his achievements, while at the same time damaging the credibility of the newsmedia.

Rhodes opined, “The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. That’s a sea change. They literally knew nothing.”

Ned Price, a Rhodes assistant, described how they manipulated the press with ease, suggesting that spinning the press dolts is a sign of strength. The Obama administration regards the press corps as easy to control.

Rhodes fed the press corps Obama’s devious pabulum, and they flashed it to the world.

A pliable press takes Rhodes and the Obama administration’s self-serving pabulum as truth. Obama and his cadre know that, with few exceptions, they own the American press.

Terry Szuplat, a tenured National Security Council speechwriter, is quoted as saying that “on the largest and smallest questions alike, the voice in which America speaks to the world is that of Ben Rhodes.” The Iran deal is one of several Obama administration efforts Rhodes has played a part in shaping public opinion.

The fallout from the Samuels article on the Iran deal remains to be seen. Early returns indicate that the newsmedia is ignoring the article, big-time.

Ben Rhodes has issued a blah statement of obfuscation to rebut the article.

The press corps believes that if the mainstream press does not cover a news story in a day, if not within hours, it will disappear. Among millennials and other Obama supporters, the revelations in the Rhodes article will not move them from their adoration of the President.

Conservatives for decades have decried the liberal bias of the American newsmedia.

This is yet another proof of that bias.

The Washington press corps, however, is correct in holding that the attention span of the American people is set in minutes.

James H. Walsh was associate general counsel with the U.S. Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service from 1983 to 1994. Read more reports from James Walsh — Click Here Now.

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