- Jan 29, 2015
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- Political Leaning
Fake Praise for GHWB: Where Were Media When He Needed Them?
By Larry Elder ---- As with the passing of former President Ronald Reagan, the media are in full praise mode following the death of former President George Herbert Walker Bush. Where were they when the one-term President needed them? In Reagan's case, even his haters grudgingly acknowledged the overall success of his presidency. As for Bush 41, the media's praise of Bush's "grace" and "class" serves to indirectly to attack President Donald Trump by showing the contrast between the two Republicans' styles and characters... But what did much of the liberal media think and say about Bush at the time?
When Bush announced his intention to seek the presidency in 1988, a Newsweek cover story showed the former New Englander navigating a small boat -- get it, he's elite -- with the caption "Fighting the Wimp Factor." Wimp? Bush joined Navy on his 18th birthday, serving in WWII as the Navy's second-youngest aviator. He flew 58 combat missions, was shot down by the Japanese and was rescued by an American sub.... Despite Bush's mind-numbingly impressive credentials, he somehow found himself tagged as insufficiently macho. In 1997, Evan Thomas' Newsweek wrote: " Bush suffers from a potentially crippling handicap -- a perception that he isn't strong enough or tough enough for the challenges of the Oval Office.... The New York Times aided and abetted the narrative of an elite "out-of-touch" patrician. During the 1992 election year, the Times ran a front-page story about a President so clueless about the life of the average American that he was unfamiliar with the supermarket checkout scanner. But the story was fake.... Black Democrats like Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., called him "racist." In 1992, Waters said: "(Bush) is a mean-spirited man who has no care or concern about what happens to the African-American community in this country. I truly believe that."... Barbara Bush expressed surprise. "You're not going to like this," she said, "but my gut feeling is that all the media is against George, Republicans, any Republican." Indeed. From that very media, currently fawning over a man they now call a "statesman," George Herbert Walker Bush deserved better. Much better.
The media's true feelings about 41 were clear in the death announcements they wrote. In the very first sentences were included comments about President Bush's "patrician" background and the failures of his presidency. After taking their obligatory shots at the opponent, they turned on the crocodile tears for the benefit of the gullible members of their audience. What will the MSM force upon America to endure when it’s Carter's, Clinton's or Obama's turn? How will the MSM handle their departures from this life?
No matter what the biased hypocritical media says today, most of us aware adults living in the 80's and 90's know that the media is just telling another lie.
Personally, each time I viewed or heard someone in the MSM on the TV or radio praise Bush, I felt it was more a dig and insult thrown at Trump. There was very little talk of Bush's accomplishments, but lots of talk about his dignity, honor and decorum. Some on the left were honest enough to admit their love of Bush, now that he was dead, was a swipe at Trump. Just as they biased MSM and Democrats used the death of Sen. John McCain to excoriated and lambaste Trump.
Kudo's to Larry Elder, both this Op-Ed and his radio shows the last few days have been highlighting the hypocrisy of the Progressive left and the biased media regarding Bush 41.