MEDIA CORRUPTION & THE TWO PARTY SYSTEM
By Cliff Kincaid
August 19, 2009
What drives President Barack Obama to want to seize control of the health care and energy sectors of the U.S. economy? Obama was trained as a Marxist from his days as a young boy in Hawaii when his grandfather picked Communist Party USA member Frank Marshall Davis as his mentor. In college, as Obama tells the story, he picked his “friends” carefully, in order to avoid being perceived as a sell-out, and those friends included the “Marxist professors.” Later, in Chicago, he would become a political associate of another Marxist Professor, Bill Ayers of the University of Illinois. Does anybody see a pattern here?
Based on what we have seen at some of the town hall meetings, there are some Americans who don’t want to see the U.S. go down the Marxist road. This is the time for the media to tell the truth about Obama and his agenda.
Unfortunately, we have now been treated to a new dishonest Obama book, Renegade, by Richard Wolffe, supposedly about “The Making of a President.” Far from being a “renegade,” the evidence shows that this President is probably the most far-left ideologically of any major political party nominee in history. Even as new questions emerge, however, it is still a challenge to get the media to report on the truthful but damaging information that is already a matter of public record.
Wolffe, who worked for the Financial Times and Newsweek, would seem to be in a position to shed light on “the making” of this President. Even though he is described as a “political analyst for MSNBC television, appearing frequently on MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann and Hardball with Chris Matthews,” he claims to have obtained “exclusive interviews with Barack Obama” for his book. These were opportunities to examine aspects of Obama’s still mysterious background.
But it’s apparent that Wolffe didn’t ask the important questions. Only two pages of the Wolffe book are devoted to Frank Marshall Davis, a father figure in Obama’s early life, and nothing is said about the evidence—in the form of 600 pages of his FBI file—about his communist views or membership in the CPUSA.
The Wolffe book describes Davis as a “leading black activist” and “strong advocate for racial justice” whose “political writings” on “civil rights and labor issues” made him “the target of a McCarthyite denunciation” by the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
Notice the use of the term “McCarthyite” being associated with a House committee. McCarthy, of course, was a senator. Wolffe uses the term “McCarthyite” to make the point, which is false, that Davis was not in any sense a communist or fellow-traveler. Wolffe understands that many people have been conditioned by academia to recoil at the thought of anything associated with McCarthyism.
The false information provided by Wolffe is similar to what the Obama campaign said about Davis when it was discovered last year that the mysterious “Frank” from Obama’s book, Dreams from My Father, was in fact Frank Marshall Davis. If Davis were such an innocent figure, why didn’t Obama give us his full name and tell us whether he accepted or rejected Davis’s communist views? It was later revealed that Davis, a notorious drinker, was a pornographer and a sex pervert, adding to the concern about the nature of the Obama-Davis relationship. Sex sells, except when it involves the President’s childhood mentor.
This was one of the major cover-ups of the political campaign, and the cover-up continues.
Nothing is said by Wolffe about the fact that the 600-page FBI file on Frank Marshall Davis covers the years 1944-1963, meaning that he was under investigation or surveillance for at least 19 years. One document refers to Frank Marshall Davis having CPUSA affiliations dating back to 1931. The evidence also shows that Davis was involved in communist activities in the 1970s, during the time he mentored Obama in Hawaii. Davis was on the FBI’s security index, meaning that Davis could be arrested or detained in the event of a national emergency. The FBI material documents Davis’s anti-white and pro-Soviet views, infiltration of the Hawaii Democratic Party, and other activities.
Wolffe’s book also describes communist terrorist Bill Ayers as just “the former 1960s radical” who was just an “acquaintance” of Obama’s. This is so superficial as to be laughable. But it’s not a laughing matter to be associating with someone who bombed police stations. That is why Obama and his campaign repeatedly tried to play down the relationship, and why Ayers went into virtual hiding during the campaign.
Nevertheless, Wolffe has been hired at a “public affairs” firm called Public Strategies, whose CEO and president is former Bush White House official Dan Bartlett, “one of President Bush’s most trusted advisors,” his bio says. The hiring of Wolffe shows that Bartlett and his cronies do not put ideology or philosophy ahead of making bucks in the Obama era.
According to Wolffe’s bio at Public Strategies, “As Senior White House Correspondent for Newsweek, Wolffe covered President Obama and his inner circle from the launch of his presidential campaign through the president’s first few months in office.” In addition to his work on MSNBC, the bio says that he has appeared on Fox News, “as well as international media, including the BBC.”
It is apparent that British-born “Senior Strategist” Wolffe brings access to Obama’s inner circle and perhaps the President himself for the corporate and other clients of the Public Strategies lobbying group, which even has a Mexico affiliate.
This kind of advertised access to Obama’s “inner circle” helps explain why the truth about Davis and Ayers was concealed from the readers of his book. Wolffe obviously wants to protect his “sources,” who could be helpful to the Public Strategies group.
“As recently as July 20, Wolffe was spotted visiting the White House for a meeting with senior adviser David Axelrod,” reported the Politico. That same day, Politico reported, Wolffe wrote a column for the Daily Beast website quoting “a senior White House official” saying Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s job was safe. “Such information could have been very useful to the Financial Services Forum, a Public Strategies client comprised of the chief executive officers of 17 of the top U.S. financial institutions,” the paper said.
Ironically, however, the Politico is a “Media Partner” of Public Strategies and they co-sponsored a recent poll on Obama’s job performance. So the conflicts of interest are expanding. What’s more, Politico published a plug for the Wolffe book on June 2.
Politico has now published an August 18 follow-up flattering story about Bartlett and other former Bush officials emerging as effective public relations practitioners.
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This is how Washington’s “inner circle” works. The truth matters less than how it is perceived and shaped by the insiders from both major political parties. These people are all about making money and deals, not seeking truth.
Health care of some kind will be needed to deal with the growing numbers of Americans who are sick of it.
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Cliff Kincaid, a veteran journalist and media critic, Cliff concentrated in journalism and communications at the University of Toledo, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Cliff has written or co-authored nine books on media and cultural affairs and foreign policy issues. One of Cliff's books, "Global Bondage: The UN Plan to Rule the World" is still awailable.
Cliff has appeared on Hannity & Colmes, The O’Reilly Factor, Crossfire and has been published in the Washington Post, Washington Times, Chronicles, Human Events and Insight.