I hate to keep going on about that great White House Correspondents’ Dinner in which vicious attacks and vulgarity ruled the evening, but this next point might have slipped past people.
Barack Obama congratulated the press for promoting his agenda and for “strengthening democracy” and by that he doesn’t mean anything to do with the Republic.
There is not one Republican member of the White House press corps – not even from the outlets that are thought to be more Republican.
Obama touted liberal democracies and the press’s role in countering opposition which he sees as distortions and untruths.
“This is also a time around the world when some of the fundamental ideals of liberal democracies are under attack, and when notions of objectivity and of a free press and of facts and of evidence are trying to be undermined or in some cases, ignored entirely.
“And in such a climate, it’s not enough just to give people a megaphone and that’s why your power and your responsibility to dig and to question and to counter distortions and untruths is more important than ever.
Obama lauded the press for standing up for what is “right”. Since they have been his lap dogs in preaching the leftist mantra, we know what he means.
“Taking a stand on behalf of what is true does not require you shedding your objectivity. In fact, it is the essence of good journalism. It affirms the idea that the only way we can build consensus, the only way we can move forward as a country, the only way we can help the world mend itself is by agreeing on a baseline of facts when it comes to the challenges that confront us all.
Obama then thanked them profusely for their support and for working “side-by-side” with him. The press are supposed to be government watchdogs . They have an incestuous relationship with Obama’s White House.
“So, this night is a testament to all of you who’ve devoted your lives to that idea. Who push to shine a light on the truth every single day. So, I want to close my final White House Correspondence Dinner by just saying, ‘Thank you.’ I’m very proud of what you’ve done. It has been an honor and a privilege to work side-by-side with you to strengthen our democracy.”