Obama really stepped in it, but MSM continues to run interference for him
posted at 1:10 pm on July 17, 2012 by Howard Portnoy
Last Friday, President Obama made one of his most soul-baring statements since taking the oath of office. The statement, which at least in conservative circles will henceforth be known as the “you didn’t build that” speech, has received modest coverage since then. It was the focus of this column, which summarized the reaction of business leaders, and this one, which highlights one of the more glaring factual errors: the claim that “government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet,” when in fact the Arpanet, the Internet’s precursor, was developed as a “legitimate function of national defense—the one area of government Obama is anxious to cut”).
But no commentator got to the root of all that is wrong in Obama’s worldview better than FOX News Channel’s Brit Hume, who stated in this video that the prime mover, the force responsible all success in business, is not inspiration, not skill, not hard work, not luck. Rather it is the almighty federal government, at whose altar Obama worships. Said Hume:
Here is a man that believes not just that the government provided framework of roads, bridges, defense and law enforcement helps the private sector. He believes these things are the nerve center, the driving force. More important than any individual, talent, enterprise or initiative….
This is a view that successful businessmen, women are merely the ones who did better at taking advantage of the benefits that government has bestowed. Therefore, he thinks they should be glad to pay an even greater share of federal taxes than they do. He calls that, ‘giving back,’ as if the government conferred all that they have and they shouldn’t mind returning a bit more of it where it came from.
This explains why so much stimulus money was spent to protect government and why his legislation on healthcare and financial reform involved extending the reach and power of, you guessed it, government.
Obama’s remarks establish more firmly than any before his “them versus us” mentality, where us is the government and its acolytes and them is the heathens who refuse to accept the government as its god and savior.
If nothing else the statement is controversial, like the off-mike comment captured in April of 2008, in which he disparaged small town residents who “get bitter” and “cling to guns or religion” and so on. The difference between the “bitter clinger” speech and the “you didn’t build that” speech is that in the earlier example he was speaking among “friends” and never intended his words to go public. This time he was speaking to us all and drawing a conspicuous line in the sand.
So how have the mainstream media responded to this telling self-revelatory remark? They haven’t. Except for ABC News’s Jake Tapper—who covered it, but only in the context of conservative ire—the story hasn’t been touched by The New York Times, Washington Post, NBC, or CBS.
If Obama wins re-election in 2012, his words will have been prophetic, but not in the way he intended. He will have had help, just as he did in 2008. But it will come not from government but from his sponsors in the elite press.
- Business leaders fire back at Obama over his ‘no man is an island’ remarks
- Obama’s ‘gotcha’ moment reveals his ignorance of the law
- Obama speaks out on ‘limits’ of SCOTUS (aka ‘unelected group of people’)
- Romney bully story shows MSM will shill for Obama again in 2012 election
- Newsweek asks ‘Why are Obama’s critics so dumb?’
- Obama: Nobody succeeds without government’s help
- Obama’s latest gaffe: We’re the country that built the Intercontinental Railroad
- Elizabeth Warren: ‘There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own’
- Obama’s economic “fairness doctrine”
- Obama and the meaning of shared sacrifice
- Jay Carney claims unemployment checks create jobs
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