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A Slobbering Love Affair: The True (and Pathetic) Story of the Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media

Publisher: Regnery Publishing • 2009 • 184 pages
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“Never in my memory,” says veteran journalist Bernard Goldberg, “were so many journalists so intent on effecting change as they were during the campaign of 2008.” Sure, mainstream journalists always root for the Democrat — Richard Nixon complained of media bias as long ago as his presidential campaign against John F. Kennedy in 1960. But in 2008 it went beyond that. In “A Slobbering Love Affair: The True (and Pathetic) Story of the Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media,” Goldberg shows that this time journalists were not satisfied merely being partisan witnesses to history.

Goldberg demonstrates that this time these supposedly objective “journalists” were real players, helping determine the outcome. He details how, in 2008, the liberal media elite was on a mission — a noble, historic mission, as far as they were concerned. Never before in history had so many supposedly objective reporters acted so blatantly as full-fledged advocates for one side — and without even a hint of embarrassment. “A Slobbering Love Affair” tells the whole shocking story of the corruption of the media, from Chris Matthews and his appalling “I felt this thrill going up my leg” comment after hearing an Obama speech, to Keith Olbermann of MSNBC — which, says Goldberg, “didn’t even try to pretend it wasn’t part of the Obama campaign.”

Goldberg chronicles the relentless use of the race card in the 2008 campaign — not by Republicans against Obama, but by Democrats against McCain. He reveals the full extent of the media’s relentless campaign to destroy Sarah Palin (and Joe the Plumber), and its general indifference to stories about Obama’s ties to unsavory characters such as Jeremiah Wright, Tony Rezko, and Bill Ayers. He details Democrat plans to bring back the Fairness Doctrine — thereby effectively stifling conservative voices like Rush Limbaugh and leaving the mad partisanship of Matthews and Olbermann unchallenged on the airwaves. Ultimately, he demonstrates that it was the Leftist media, not Barack Obama, that defeated John McCain — and he explains why the corruption of the media bodes so ill for America’s future. Goldberg tears the cover off a corrupt media elite: How helping to elect our first African-American president would make liberal journalists feel better about the most important people in their lives — themselves

How the media’s crush on Barack Obama began even before his presidential campaign

  • What can happen when the media comes to believe that their role is not simply to report the news, fairly and accurately, but to effect change in society
  • The many ways in which the most respected news outlets and journalists acted as press officers for the favored (Obama) and inquisitors of the unfavored (Hillary when she was running against Obama, and later Sarah Palin)
  • How the media elite didn’t seem the least bit troubled by the raving lunacy of the Left brought on by Palin Derangement Syndrome
  • Jeremiah Wright: why he should have been the story that destroyed Obama’s campaign before it even began and made Hillary Clinton the Democratic Party’s nominee for president
  • The shaming of George Stephanopoulos: how the media elite made sure that no probing questions about Bill Ayers’ links to Obama would be tolerated
  • Why the mainstream media has never gotten as excited about conservative black politicians such as Michael Steele as it has about Obama
  • John McCain: how he was a mainstream media favorite before he ran for President against Barack Obama — mainly because he was not reliably conservative
  • Plane-Gate: How Obama’s decision to boot reporters from less-than-friendly papers off his campaign plane contradicted the post-partisan image Obama had carefully cultivated throughout his campaign — but, like virtually all negative stories about Obama, was virtually ignored by the mainstream media
  • The Obama camp’s vicious attacks on Obama whistle-blowers Milt Rosenberg and Stanley Kurtz: coordinated by a campaign whose mantra encouraged us to put aside the divisive politics of the past — yet here again, the mainstream media showed no interest in the irony
  • Why the Fairness Doctrine isn’t about balance at all, but is an attempt to exercise raw political power — the power to cleanse the landscape of troublesome conservative ideas
  • How the New York Times, more than any other paper, has done a grave disservice to Barack Obama — by deifying him, creating impossible expectations for his administration
  • What may explain the dark profile of John McCain’s wife that ran on the front page of the New York Times — in a stark contrast to that paper’s glowing portrait of Michelle Obama
  • How more and more Americans are waking up to the full extent of media bias and advocacy — while even the most shamelessly and rabidly biased reporters remain in a state of denial about their own bias, refusing to see the damage they are doing to themselves and to the nation
  • The real reason why the media’s bias problem persists — and why nothing will change anytime soon
  • How the mainstream media is dying a slow death — in part because of its open partisanship and advocacy for the Left
  • Ten important questions that responsible journalists should have asked Barack Obama during his presidential campaign — questions that remain unasked

“The press,” Goldberg reminds us, “has constitutional protections for one main reason: to keep watch over a powerful government.” If the press is compromised, a corrupt government that it favors will be able to get away with murder. That’s the danger we all face when the mainstream media forgets its job and goes on a noble mission to make history — as it did when it went into the tank for Obama. That’s why “A Slobbering Love Affair” is a cautionary tale — and a manual for action for conservatives who are determined not to let this brazen corruption continue.

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