Do you remember why 69 million Americans voted for Barack Obama?

It’s because he had an advantage no other presidential candidate has ever had – the total, unabashed support of the “mainstream media,” which was so enchanted by the prospect of a young, eloquent, cool, liberal – and for the first time in history, black – president, that they ignored his anti-American, Marxist, Islamic and criminal associations and his unbelievably subversive track record. Instead of vetting him as was their solemn duty, the media lifted him high overhead and giddily raced across the finish line, all the while reassuring Americans Obama would be a great, “historic” and “transformative” president.

As if to assuage their guilt, immediately after Election Day, when it no longer mattered, Washington Post ombudsman Deborah Howell publicly admitted the paper’s reporters and editors had utterly neglected to vet either Obama, who “deserved tougher scrutiny,” or Biden – an omission she referred to as “one gaping hole in [the Post’s] coverage.”

But the problem with journalism today is not just “gaping holes in coverage” and temporary abdication of professional journalism standards. Our “big media” have come increasingly to resemble the state-run press we see in China, with its gigantic Xinhua “News” Agency, in reality a mouthpiece for the Chinese Communist Party. Or Russia, where although criticism of the government can be found in some newspapers and on the Internet, the country’s national television channels are essentially extensions of the state: “They are all either controlled by the Kremlin or run by editors who know what not to say,” says Allison Gill, director of the Human Rights Watch office in Russia.

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