August 20, 2012
On conservative blogs like this one or websites like "National Review Online" or "American Thinker," one might find the above question asked or even proven demonstrably hundreds of times per month, but how many times might we expect to find it in a liberal publication? Well, in this week's copy of "Newsweek," editor Tina Brown, in what could only be called a case of violent "magazinejacking," permitted the magazine cover to be adorned with a photograph of Obama and the title: "Hit The Road, Barack."
The same "Newsweek" with covers like "Why Are Obama's Critics So Dumb?" Or a Michelle Bachmann cover, "The Queen of Rage." Or a Romney cover, "The Wimp Factor: Is He Too Insecure To Be President?"
Yup, the same "Newsweek" that earlier this year designated Obama as "The First Gay President" on another highly-provocative cover, allowed a former McCain adviser, Niall Ferguson, to detail the many reasons that he thought Obama's tenure should end. In a cover story!
Niall Ferguson (as published here on Sunday on "The Daily Beast" website, "Newsweek's online alter-ego) said four years ago: "Four decades is not an especially long time. Yet in that brief period America has gone from the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. to the apotheosis of Barack Obama. You would not be human if you failed to acknowledge this as a cause for great rejoicing.”That was the last nice thing Ferguson had to say in his lengthy piece.
No, he provocatively opined Timothy Birdnow-like things such as: "He promised to ‘build the roads and bridges, the electric grids, and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together.’ He promised to ‘restore science to its rightful place and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost.’ And he promised to ‘transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age.’ Unfortunately the president’s scorecard on every single one of those bold pledges is pitiful.” He even made a Dana Mathewson-like observation: "America under this president is a superpower in retreat, if not retirement."
(Ironically, Ferguson made these same observations, more or less, earlier this year in a "Newsmax" article, a website that is decidedly not on the "must-peruse-daily" list of America's liberal publishers.)
But it gets even better. In a related column on "The Daily Beast" website, Tina Brown said, "You know you have hit the target when
Paul Krugman takes time out from his hiking holiday to accuse you of 'multiple
errors and misrepresentations' ... but can only come up with one truly feeble
objection." That delightful
exchange can be read here.
"The Nation" has a whining online offering here: "Niall Ferguson Hates Obama, Has Man-Crush
on Ryan." I can only imagine how apoplectic the crazed hosts on PMSMBC are treating the whole thing.
So, the question begs to be asked, why is one of America's most left-leaning publications, which recently announced that they would soon cease publishing their print version, ever allow this direct assault against the reign of Barack Obama? Are they turning over a new leaf, or are they testing the marketplace to see if that whole conservative approach will work for them - an approach that has made many "right winger" publishers, authors, and Fox News so wildly successful?
Maybe they are hoping that millions of conservatives will, for the first time in their lifetime, actually buy a copy of "Newsweek" and thus provide them with enough immediate capital to finance the severance packages of their liberal employees who will soon be forced to find jobs at places like NBC or "HuffingtonPost.com."
Posted by: Jack Kemp at August 20, 2012 04:31 PM (KG6Iy)
Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at August 20, 2012 04:55 PM (e+luT)
This may connect with the feeling I saw expressed elsewhere (I haven't taken time this morning to track it down -- imagine my embarrassment if it turns out to be on the Birdblog) that Zippy is really tired of the job and wants to quit.
Posted by: Dana Mathewson at August 21, 2012 08:08 AM (MNGyC)
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