The media has often revered Barack Obama’s political appointees as the best and brightest America has to offer. It’s gotten so bad that they have boasted about how they masterfully manipulate the press, like sculpting a large treacherous journalistic statue.
Obama’s foreign-policy communications whiz Ben Rhodes was praised as, “the master shaper and retailer of Obama’s foreign-policy narratives, at a time when the killer wave of social media has washed away the sand castles of the traditional press”, in a long profile written on him by The New York Times Magazine.
“Rhodes has become adept at ventriloquizing many people at once,” wrote David Samuels for the Times.
These ventriloquists use the briefing rooms to mislead the dedicated journalists while also taking advantage the “force multipliers” – described as “prominent Washington reporters and columnists who often tweet in sync with White House messaging.”
As TV networks and newspapers close foreign bureaus and economize staff, outlets have become more dependent on Washington to explain to them what’s happening around the world.
Rhodes proclaimed. “Most of the outlets are reporting on world events from Washington. The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. That’s a sea change. They literally know nothing.”
One example of Rhodes bending the press to Obama’s will was the Iran arms deal. Polls showed that the American public hated the deal, but the media just shouted over them using recycled Obama lingo about the “historic” and “landmark” agreement.
Another example is the death of four Americans at Benghazi. Rhodes mislead the media with a bizarre spin that the U.S. consulate wasn’t subjected to a terrorist attack, but suffered a protest over a YouTube video mocking the prophet Muhammad.
Diplomatic correspondent, James Rosen, told Fox News host, Bill O’Reilly the State Department blatantly lied to him when he asked about the negotiating timeline.
“I can attest directly that the Obama administration in the person of then-State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, of whom I am very fond, Bill, flat-out lied to me in February 2013,” Rosen said. “I asked, point blank, ‘Are there any direct talks going on between the U.S. and Iran of any kind?’ And she said no, at a point when those talks had been ongoing for eight months.”