Ah, the press, the overweening media, is still treating us like lambs. Imagine that. They persist in telling us that what we see is not, in fact, what we see.
George Stephanopoulos, host of Good Morning America, was perplexed. During the Republican debate, Carly Fiorina excoriated anyone who would support Planned Parenthood having watched the tapes of “a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says, ‘We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.’” Stephanopoulos frowned as if it pained him to say, analysts (a lofty reference to mere viewers or toadies) had watched all 12 hours of the Planned Parenthood tapes and could not find the clip referred to by Ms. Fiorina. Oh. Well. That makes all the difference. There are 12 tapes chronicling the changing of medical procedures to enhance fetal organ procurement, of executives speaking with blithe indifference about the pricing of fetal organs, and footage of a whole fetus either lying on a steel gurney or cradled in blue medical gloves. Still, Mr. Stephanopoulos suggested that Ms. Fiorina had “misspoken” for dramatic effect. How’s that for a speciousness? He didn’t contest what was on the tapes, only that Ms. Fiorina didn’t see what she says she did. Does that mean the rest of us didn’t either?
The Iran Deal. Let’s just state the obvious: We. Got. Nothing. And yet, yesterday as I was randomly scrolling through radio stations, I landed on NPR and this bit of lunacy: They opined that since a majority of Americans do not favor the Iran deal, they thought it would be worthwhile to present the Iranian point of view by interviewing Ali Larijani, the speaker of Iran’s parliament. One of Larijani’s complaints?
"There is this paragraph, called a snapback, and it means the sanctions can return immediately. And nobody can veto this. But that is not true for us. We cannot return to the situation that we were in the past. I mean, to the point that we were before the implementation of the agreement. Let me give you an example — for example, when we removed the core of the Arak reactor, we cannot put it back."
I don’t know about you, but I am A-OK with that.
Mr. Larijani continued. “It is my belief that even during the negotiations, the Americans tried to bully us, and they forced several things upon us.” As far as I know, the US paid millions and millions to keep Iran at the negotiating table, and will soon free up over a billion in frozen assets. If Iran is suspected of violating any of the deal’s provisions, a commission made up of eight representatives of the signatory nations will have 35 days to resolve the situation. If a resolution of the alleged violation cannot be reached, the matter will then go before the UN Security Council where, in a particularly clunky bit of business, a new resolution must be passed that says sanctions will not be reinstated. This resolution must be passed by unanimous vote within 30 days. If it is not, the sanctions will automatically be reinstated. Simply put, this “deal” gives the Iranians more money, time, and cover to pursue their nuclear ambitions. Most Americans understand this. Nevertheless, media outlets like NPR are doing their best, you know, to pee on our legs and tell us it’s rain.
Finally, there is the recent media coverage concerning Mohamed and The Clock Incident. Here’s what we were made to understand: In Texas, a 14-year-old Muslim boy wearing a NASA T-shirt was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school. School authorities were summoned, then law enforcement, then Mohamed was taken away in handcuffs, questioned for three hours and released. (An aside: years ago weren’t some kindergarten and grade-school youngsters suspended for drawing guns on paper or pointing a finger, cocking a thumb and yelling BANG?) The media and President Obama immediately rallied to champion poor Mohamed against Muslim-haters, who, it was insinuated, are legion, especially in Texas. President Obama tweeted “Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House?” Interviewed by the media, Mohamed played his part. “I felt like I was a criminal. I felt like I was a terrorist. I felt like all the names I was called [in school]. . .”
But what’s this? There are those who claim Mohamed’s “invention” is really an old 1980’s clock radio with the casing removed, and that his little escapade was a ruse to do exactly what it did: lay the groundwork for a lawsuit. (My more sinister brain is wondering if all teachers will now be loath to report clocks-that-look-like-bombs. Good grief, I hope not.) Let’s see how long it takes the media to report this development—if they do. After all, their job is to tell us what we see: Planned Parenthood has nothing to do with selling fetal parts; the Iran deal is good—it’s this or war; and Mohamed is an innocent victim of rampant anti-Muslim sentiment. I confess, I must need new glasses. I just don’t see any of it this way.
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