Obama: Media Overblowing the ISIS Threat
President Obama isn’t the first politician who refuses to acknowledge his own failings, but he has elevated the art of scapegoating to symphonic levels when it comes to ISIS. In this department, he is willing to accept blame only as it pertains to his ability to communicate effectively with the American people. Everything else is just the pesky media, out there making him look bad.
“Post-Paris you had a saturation of news about the horrible attack there,” said in an interview with National Public Radio. “And ISIL combines viciousness with very savvy media operations. And as a consequence, if you’ve been watching television for the last month, all you have been seeing, all you have been hearing about is these guys with masks or black flags who are potentially coming to get you. So I understand why people are concerned about it.”
In other words, the not-so-bright American public is sitting in front of the news, eating too many Doritos, and getting their heads filled with all kinds of scary stuff that makes them afraid. Makes them do stupid things like disapprove of his job performance.
“Look, the media is pursuing ratings,” Obama said. “This is a legitimate news story. I think that, you know, it’s up to the media to make a determination about how they want to cover things.”
Right. But it’s interesting how this president never seemed to have a problem with the way the media covered police brutality and Ferguson, even though most outlets have failed to put much – if any – emphasis on how utterly mythical many of these stories actually are. And he never has a word to say about the way the media covers mass shootings that aren’t related to terrorism. No, when he and the other Democrats have an issue upon which they can promote their policies, there can never be enough sensationalist coverage.
But when it comes to ISIS and e-mails and Planned Parenthood videos, the media is making mountains out of molehills.
Maybe it’s to be expected that politicians will blame the media when they have nothing else to say, but it would be nice if the president of the United States could rise above that. It’s insulting to sit there and tell Americans that they don’t have a legitimate reason to question this administration’s approach to terrorism. His own military advisers are telling the public that the airstrikes aren’t working.
And, sorry, but in what version of America would two back-to-back terrorist attacks not dominate headlines? Obama thinks we should go back to discussing the plight of the penguin, or whatever species climate change is threatening today.
The sad truth is that the media is underreporting the true nature of ISIS and the rest of the Islamic terror network. We rarely hear about the horrors Boko Haram is visiting upon Africa, the sickening violence ISIS is unleashing on Syria and Iraq, or any of the more uncomfortable aspects of the refugee resettlement program. We wake up when these terrorists hit the West, and forget about them when they pause between attacks.
Eventually – inevitably – these Islamic radicals are going to stage an attack that won’t be so easily forgotten. And it seems that this president is willing to wait for that attack before changing his strategy.