Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Political Tuesdays - Just How Free is Our Press?

The Obama Administration wants to pin all the responsibility for the sequester on the Republicans, for political purposes.

Bob Woodward wrote about it in the Washington Post.

The venerable Bob Woodward, who broke the Watergate scandal that brought down the Nixon presidency, is threatened by the White House because of coverage unfavorable to President Obama.

Woodward is far from being the only one. 

Dr. Benjamin Carson is told not to offend the President in his remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast.

The Obama administration has such a tightly controlled message, it never deviates from the teleprompter script.  Limiting access, especially for "unfriendly" outlets like Fox News.  Never letting an opportunity pass to trash and demonize Republicans.  In the campaign, it was all a show of cooperation and compromise.  Now, when there's a real need for wise government, it's all politics, all the time.  Except for when you're playing golf or giving away Oscars, of course.

Even the ivy-covered halls of academia have their political requirements for admission to their sacred precincts.  No dissent, or you'll be persona non grata.

Reminds me (and you know it wouldn't be Political Tuesdays without a Roman history lesson!) of the original guy who had a little list.  Lucius Cornelius Sulla, dictator of Rome during the Social War, arch-enemy of Marius.  He found it easier to accomplish his political objectives if he eliminated those unfriendly to him.  It is easier to do this when you do not have a Constitution and a free press.  I'm just saying.

1 comment:

carolyn said...

so true, it scares me!