The Imaginary President

He’s an accidental tourist in the media’s constructed fantasy. Andrew Klavan:

The mystery Obama—the hollow receptacle of out-sized fantasies left and right—is not a creation of his own making, political chameleon though he may well be. It emanates instead from a journalistic community that no longer in any way fulfills its designated function, that no longer even attempts the fair presentation of facts and current events aimed at helping the American electorate make up its mind according to its own lights. Rather, left-wing outlets like the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, and the like have now devoted themselves to fashioning an image of the world they think their audiences ought to believe in—that they may guide us toward voting as they think we should. They have fallen prey to that ideological corruption that sees lies as a kind of virtue, as a noble deception in service to a greater good.

It does seem that there simply is no there there, so to speak. A blank slate in an empty suit. His policies seem rooted in simplistic 1960s radicalism – things that the current top editors and academics marinated in.

We’ve been watching the media give itself collective double hernias trying desperately to lift the 0ne back onto his pedestal of fake Greek columns.We’ve watched them journolisticly coordinating extremely outraged responses to Romney ‘gaffes’ where virtually identical language is used to describe their take on what we should be upset about.

I think Klavan is on to something.

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