- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 7, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

If Donna Brazile (“Jilted behavior,” Commentary, July 28) thinks there is a difference between today’s mass media and a bunch of uncritical empty-headed cheerleaders, she has lost her sense of the absurd.

Sen. John McCain is the victim of a biased media, but much more so are the American people. A media not holding both ruling-class political parties and their candidates equally accountable is a compromised media and cannot be trusted.

Whoever heard of an American politician who is not allowed to be criticized? Not by the press. Not even by late-night comics.

While Sen. Barack Obama continues to insist that his demand for troop withdrawal during heavy violence was the right idea, Mrs. Brazile wants us to “move beyond the surge (and think about the future in Iraq).”

This is deja vu reminiscent of 1998, when Clinton administration apologists insisted we all “move on” from President Clinton’s impeachment and then made a racket out of the slogan “move on,” creating moveon.org, an adjunct of the Democratic Party.

Much like the thought police of George Orwell’s “1984,” Move On as well as Mrs. Brazile demand that we not dwell on the hard-won success of U.S. troops and the Iraqis who bravely stood together against primitive serial killers who have destroyed much of Iraq.

For Mr. Obama and the Democrats, failure in Iraq is good — success, bad. As for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, he routinely calls for foreign troop cutbacks just like a typical politician running for re-election, with or without a visit from the presumptive next U.S. president.

This is the same Mr. Maliki who was rudely attacked by the congressional Democrats when he came to Washington in 2007.

Imagine for a moment Mr. McCain and not Mr. Obama proclaiming, “We are the people we’ve been waiting for. … This is the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal. … This is the moment … that the world is waiting for. I have become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions.”

Any hint of criticism, and Mr. Obama launches into a tirade. If not for the compromised press, Barack Obama’s presidential campaign would have melted away a year ago.

DEDE FALLER

Washington

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