Blatant favoritism for the President is not the sole strategy of his friends in journalism. The pro-Obama segment of the press (i.e. the majority) seems to know that when the mistruths are too obvious, they can establish instant battle lines which are less likely to hoodwink the unsuspecting. Conversely, the subtle may accomplish more toward the news media’s goal of projecting a creatively positive image for an Administration whose actions are anything but admirable.
Key issues can be simply ignored or, better yet, printed where they are less likely to be seen. In that way, it can be said that the story was reported – even though it was essentially invisible.
A recent case occurred in the Kentucky Enquirer (sister to the Cincinnati Enquirer). The Benghazi hearings began on May 8th with the expected party line split regarding its anticipation. Those in favor of the Administration were trying to minimize any expectation that serious wrong-doing would be exposed. Meanwhile, their opponents were convinced that evidence of willful, or at least negligent, fatal decisions would finally come out.
The ramifications of this issue are important enough to warrant everyone’s attention. The nation must know definitively whether or not those in positions of authority were doing the right things both on 9/11/2012 and the months leading up to it. Accountability is the key to preventing future tragedies.
So what was the headline on the front page of the May 9th edition of the Kentucky Enquirer? — none other than “Feeling Stressed Today?” with colorful red and white emphasis.1 The sub-heading mentioned that “Kentucky has all the ingredients that can lead up to a nice raging case of stress,” but that the area “makes for a really, really, really, good place to retire. [Page A6]” That’s nice.
Where was the article on the Benghazi hearings?2 … On the bottom of Page A3 — and next to two small ads, one about used cars and the other on replacement windows. Everyone knows that topics of great importance are to be placed next to cosmetic surgery and male enhancement ads.
1 – The Enquirer changed its format two months ago to include “more bold graphics.” (in order to distract readers of its reduced emphasis on covering issues of substance?)
2 – “Ex-diplomat tells of Benghazi attack,” by Donna Cassata of the Associated Press, Kentucky Enquirer, 5/9/2013