by Mark A. Cohen
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The MSM sees Mr. Alter as a journalistic genius.
Jonathan Alter, a member of the mainstream media (MSM), is held in high regard by his peers and is known by some mild terms, like ‘columnist’ and ‘author.’ His latest book is called, “The Center Holds, Obama and His Enemies.” Naturally, the use of the word ‘enemies,’ implies that those evil Republicans are out to get the president. It can’t be that we disagree with Mr. Obama’s policies, oh, no. It’s not that the president won’t work with our guys, naah. Alter discussed the untouchable’s second term on CSPAN’s Washington Journal a month ago, on June 24, 2013. Many in the MSM, I recall, predicted doom and gloom for President Bush’s second term, but not here. Now it’s, “This president can only succeed if the Republicans would just go away – or change their minds.” On TV, Alter showed confidence in the president’s ability to recover from the multitude of scandals; he has plenty of time. Sure, when you have a favorable media, I suppose you can overcome adversity, especially if all the nagging problems are completely ignored.
The Center Holds, Alter’s New Book, has a rather paranoid subtitle.
Alter says that the IRS and NSA stories are not going to be permanent blemishes on President Obama’s record. Given the media’s bias, he may be right. Like many of his colleagues, he’s excited about the possibility that if immigration reform doesn’t pass the House, the Republicans won’t be able to get their candidate elected in 2016. He, like many on the left, perpetuates the myth that all of a sudden conservatives support immigration reform, when we have been proponents of change in this area all along. Conservatives want to secure the border first, and then address the issue, but no one in the MSM wants you to realize it. They prefer that you believe the lie instead, that people on the right hate everyone, including grandma, and love dirty air and poisoned water.
One of Alter’s Other Books - The Promise.
Jonathan Alter also says that the Obama campaign stealthily visited the Latino community many times (quietly, to avoid attention), in order to win the hearts and minds of those voters. According to Mr. Alter, the immigration bill is now a direct result of that outreach… If the Republicans had done the same, though, they’d have been accused of buying votes, but in this case, it’s a wonderful tactic. If you believe there’s fairness in the media, google a left-wing pundit like Mr. Alter and a conservative journalist, like Sean Hannity, and compare the wording.
Jonathan Alter, neither a reporter or a journalist, is a liberal pundit.
Alter thinks he knows why the president is so silent. He said that President Obama learned that if he raised his profile too high, or come out in favor of something, the Republicans would immediately come out against it. Sort of like each time President Bush did the same, and the Democrats and the media came out against him. They called Bush ‘imperial’ for ‘hiding’ during his second term, but in this case it’s politically smart. Sure. I’ve seen that all presidents do this. There’s nothing smart or sinister about it, unless you push a political agenda.
Jonathan Alter spent 28 years at Newsweek, no wonder they love him.
It’s amazing how important the media moguls think President Obama’s legacy is, when they couldn’t wait for Bush to leave. While Mr. Alter says that his job is to hold politicians from both parties accountable, he only holds Republicans accountable. Democrats were not obstructionist during President Bush’s term, only Republicans are now, during President Obama’s. If Democrats had passed Bush’s Social Security reforms I’m sure Mr. Alter and the rest of the MSM would have had a fit, but if Republicans pass the Democrats’s immigration reform they are “stepping up.” This seems just a bit one-sided to me.
Alter’s an MSNBC kind of guy, not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Mr. Alter is a liberal and a proponent of the president’s policies, but I don’t hold that against him. The media pretends that he’s a fair journalist, and that’s what I find reprehensible. He’s neither. To explain it to left-wingers, he sounds like a liberal Sean Hannity to me. I don’t say that my blog is journalism, but neither is Mr. Alter’s work. He’s as partisan as I am. He said that righties need to stop resisting Obamacare, no matter what we might think of it, and we need more investment in infrastructure. He’s right, some roads and bridges do need repair, but doesn’t that sound rather familiar?
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Mark A. Cohen is a member of the Castle Rock Writers (Check out their Facebook page here) Their web page, www.castlerockwriters.com, will also take you to the Facebook page until the web page is completed.
Mark A. Cohen currently sits on the committee which hosted the previous Castle Rock Writers Conference on October 13, 2012. He is currently their Vice-Treasurer. The group, whose motto is Rock Solid Writing, is seeking their 501c3.
Please save the date: Castle Rock Writers will hold the Castle Rock Writers Conference on Saturday, November 23, 2013, at the Douglas County Events Center in Castle Rock, Colorado. Please stay tuned for further information.
Mark A. Cohen will soon be a published author, as the Castle Rock Writers are under contract to write and publish The Chronicles of Douglas County, Colorado, in 2014.
Mark A. Cohen spoke for about 20 minutes at the Coffee4Conservatives meeting at the Firehouse on State Road 83, in Franktown, CO, on Oct. 21, 2012.
Mark A. Cohen spoke for about 30 minutes at the Douglas County Republicans’ First Friday Breakfast in Parker, CO, held at The War Horse Inn, on Dec. 2, 2011.
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