Here is a short excerpt from a piece by Gerard Baker, the Times UK Washington Editor, on the media’s anointing of the new messiah. If you read the entire article (link below), I think you’ll agree with me that it is an almost, if not an absolute “must read.”
Every decade or so the people who control the way we see the world anoint some American politician the Redeemer of a Troubled Planet.
But by the 1990s a new Democrat, or rather a New Democrat, was come among us, a man the media told us would lift our eyes from our selfish greed and rid the world of the ineffable misery left by 12 years of reactionary rule. It’s hard to imagine now, after the battering he’s taken from his old friends in the press these past few months, but Bill Clinton was once their idol. His cleverly cynical balancing act – promising a return to high-minded tolerance while executing mentally ill prisoners in Arkansas, for example – was lauded as a brilliant synthesising of traditional liberal ideology with the political realities of the modern age.
The alert among you will have noticed by now that what all these spiritually uplifting leaders have in common. They are all Democrats. Never in any of the chapters of this hagiography does a Republican, a conservative, appear in a remotely similar light. These alien creatures by contrast have always been portrayed as cartoonish representatives of the Dark Side of humanity, or, if they were really lucky, simply idiots, failed B-movie actors and irredeemably ignorant hicks with embarrassingly neanderthal views on women, religion and communism.
It’s been a while coming – neither Al Gore in 2000 (before the luminescence created by his recent joint Nobel/Oscar triumphs) nor John Kerry in 2004 quite fit the bill. But it’s fairly clear now that, with the near-certain nomination by the Democrats of Barack Obama everything is in place for the media to indulge in one of the greatest, orgiastic media fiestas of hero-worship since Elvis Presley.
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