“But now that Obama is safely in the White House for another four years, the press is sure to churn out what can charitably be called “now they tell us” stories about these matters, now that any potential election impact has passed.”
The IBD suggests 5 Big Stories The Media Will ‘Discover’ After The Election. The issue is the voter’s responsibilities to see what is in front of them. The real story of the election of 2012 is the surface media, the so-called news outlets that are most available to most people.
“On issue after issue, in fact, the media didn’t cover Obama’s first term as much as they’ve covered up for him, whether it was the dismal state of the economy, the failure of his policies or the increased troubles abroad.
“The effort worked remarkably well, helping to shield Obama from responsibility, protecting his image, providing a solid floor under his approval ratings, and ultimately a second term in the White House.”
What are the “5 Big Stories?” IBD identifies the lack of any known agenda for a 2nd term, the true state of the economy, the debt and entitlement crises that loom large, the debt ceiling, the future of medical care and costs, the silliness of (and lack of integrity in) the administration’s deficit cutting plan, and foreign policy as illustrated in the Benghazi incident.
The WSJ also gets into the voter responsibility and integrity issue in getting to the core of things. “This was all a caricature even by the standards of modern politics. But it worked with brutal efficiency—the definition of winning ugly.” The editorial is Hope over Experience. The caricature was accepted, the propaganda swallowed, and the implications ignored. That sort of behavior strikes fear into the hearts of more responsible voters.