An Insidious Poisoning of the Democratic Presidential Candidate Well

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I’m not the first pundit to write about this phenomenon, but with the political season in full flower, highlighting a bloom that’s expected to flourish until at least Tuesday, November 8, 2016, it’s worth updating. It’s not just Fox News or the Washington Times or assorted billionaire-funded right-wing “foundations” that relentlessly contribute to this sneaky form of propaganda, mind control, pure blarney and mass hypnosis. There are myriad ways to get the extremist word out and some are downright insidious. I want to address one of the more egregious examples of the latter.

You, or a member of your family, sees this hate fest of all things (people) progressive at least every week or two. You don’t particularly want to see it, nor do you seek out its presence intentionally, but you can’t miss it. There it is as you wait in the checkout line of your favorite grocery store. It screams out the latest putrid cover headlines, more often than not, aimed at Barack and Michelle Obama, the Clintons and a few well-known Hollywood lefties, like Angelina and Ellen. Oh, they’ll balance out every 20th anti-progressive story or so with a shot at Limbaugh, Palin or Boehner, but politically, the enemy is overwhelmingly liberal, Democrat, black and gay. It’s a tabloid and household name; “the National Enquirer.” Oft-times, sister publication “The Globe” will get in on the action as well.

We don’t have nearly enough room to review all the vitriol of even the last few months, but here are some sample cover shockers. “Secret book deal exposed. Michelle’s $15 million TELL ALL!” Can’t wait. The Enquirer tells us we’re going to be privy to all of “Obama’s cheating, boozing and drug use.” Then there are the “fights with Hillary Clinton.” That’s in this year’s February 17th edition in case you want to go dumpster-diving. A couple of months later, April 7, to be exact, Michelle’s clearly had enough. “Obamas divorce battle turns ugly.” Michelle’s pictured, mouth (filled with perfect teeth) agape, roaring invectives at a photo-shopped (oops!) depiction of the president’s (or whomever is standing in for him) back. “Michelle storms out!” Prez’s fury over her $150 million wild spending.” For good measure at the top of the cover page “Exposed: Ellen is the Queen of Mean” with, indeed, a photo of the frightful visage of Ellen worthy of a ‘bad guy’ pro wrestler about to tear off his opponent’s head.

Here’s one more example. This one features the Clintons. Remember, she’s about to run for president. Gotta start poisoning that well, now. This one is recent; March 24th. “Bill caught with two hookers. Hillary goes berserk as Bill DESTROYS her bid to be president.” On the same cover is the revelation of a Denzel Washington CHEATING SCANDAL. I forgot to mention that the Enquirer and Globe also “report” on the vile, immoral behavior of high-profile African-Americans. Obama pal, Oprah, is their favorite target in this realm.

The accompanying stories are always written so as to just barely avoid libel suits, but not always, as a successful Carol Burnett suit will attest. Still any Obama, Clinton or Oprah lawsuit successes are unlikely, given the public fame of the subject matter. And, after all, the writer simply has to “believe” what is written is true. Plus, it’s a little tough to prove damages seriously impacting the lives of two presidents and a billionaire. Of course, the final goal is not personal damage, it’s political damage.

At their core, the stories are never what the headlines imply. When you get to the particulars of Michelle’s TELL ALL book, neither the book nor the article TELLS anything. Sure Michelle will write a post-White House memoir, as will her husband. So far, she’s written one book, horribly controversial, by the name of “The Story of the White House Kitchen and Gardens Across America.” Not only do the reporters of the article have no idea what she’ll write; at this point, she probably doesn’t either.

Prominently mentioned in the piece is the arrest of an old Obama high school and golfing buddy, Bobby Titcomb. The ruse for re-hashing a three-year old story is that once out of DC, Barack is going to live with Titcomb. The same guy who was busted in a prostitution sting back in April of 2011. Here’s the story. May I go on record as saying once more that neither writer of this article has even the foggiest concept of what’s going to happen to the Obama family upon leaving Washington. NONE! So anything they scribble is meaningless.

As for the errant buddy, we all have pals who have taken missteps over the years. It happens sadly, up to and including, murder. One of my former schoolmates and, at the very least, an acquaintance I would talk with fairly frequently, just lost it one night, mortally wounding his wife and then committing suicide. Another buddy got high and jumped from a 5th floor San Francisco hotel balcony. Was I, or any of his close friends even remotely connected to this tragic act in any manner from two thousand miles away? Of course not.

What’s interesting and it’s a graphic example of how the Enquirer avoids an endless string of lawsuits, is that writer Levine and Wagener (how proud their parents must be) don’t accuse Obama of anything. They just hope to throw the association up against the wall and pray something negative in the reader’s imagination sticks.

High-profile elected officials are especially vulnerable to yellow journalism because they’re constantly getting friendly, smiling pictures taken at assorted events. The Enquirer takes special advantage of shots of Obama and pretty girls. A candid shot at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service between the president and Denmark’s “leggy blonde” (as the story described her) Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, is a prime example. Where was Michelle? Sitting next to her husband. So I guess the Enquirer would have Obama grimace at every pretty girl photo op that comes along. I can see the NE response now. “Obama snarls at a shocked Danish prime minister.”

And a final word of explanation about Bill Clinton being “caught” with two hookers. In the NE tradition of one of every thousand words being true, there were two prostitutes at the same event as Clinton. They, and the likes of George Cloony, Sean Penn, Eva Longoria and honorees Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez were supporting a Variety-sponsored fundraiser for unite4:humanity.

The ‘working’ girls were from the legal Nevada brothel, The Bunny Ranch. I suspect Dennis Hof, the owner of the Bunny Ranch, is a big contributor to the cause and was actually invited There’s a picture of the young ladies supposedly posing with “Horndog” (NE’s word) Bill. Again, the pic looks for all the world (as in 100%), photoshopped. There are hundreds of sites that will tell you how to do it. As for the event, here is the Clinton speech. It was a serious and worthwhile evening sullied by politically driven drivel. So that’s the subtle, albeit vicious Enquirer contribution to the Republicans. Over time, multiple millions will see those headlines. Fool enough voters and, viola’…a Republican president.

Whose behind it? I aim to find out.

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15 Replies to “An Insidious Poisoning of the Democratic Presidential Candidate Well”

  1. There is no avenue thats been left unturned by the right and their groups to discredit Obama and every one associated. Every facet has been attacked right down to and including the churches

  2. Who believes any of this stuff anyway? Not anyone that matters.

    Ellen, the queen of mean? Her reputation says anything but.

    And seriously, they are still harping on Mandela’s memorial service? The President and First Lady already gave their ‘after the Whitehouse’ interview and seemed well contented in the life they plan to live together with their daughters (one of who’ll be in college) and one in high school (Probably remaining at Sidwell Friends School until graduation).

    Going after the Clinton’s is nothing new, sadly. The old smears and new imagined ones will be on full display.

    It’s really pretty pathetic.

    I absolutely abhor going after the FLOTUS (no matter what politician is in office, I never said anything against Laura Bush), it’s low form. But look at the sources.

  3. We know NE is tabloid junk.

    When will viewers of the FIXED News Channel rationalize the same thing.

  4. Aha! Another prime example of that “liberal media in the tank for Obama”, right? (I am SO sick of hearing that!!)

  5. Can the people that read this stuff even fill out a ballot? I have always guessed the IQ of the entire readership was less than the price of one of the papers.

  6. I seriously doubt anyone that buys those gossip rags are smart enough to fill out a ballot. I imagine that the majority of them just look at the pictures.

  7. Oh god… bad image. Very bad image.

    Anyway: Who reads that junk anyway? No sane person would be caught dead with that anywhere in their home.

  8. Hey, ya gottalaugh! Some days I believe all politics is theatre. The really , really good politicians are great actors. And hey , if you’re a so-so actor, go into politics, either party, what the hell…

  9. Good idea to look for the backers. It does seem biased against progressives. A lot of people buy and some vote. But, I think you nailed the problem, the ick factor that builds up over time waiting in the grocery lines. The president needs our enthusiastic support on issue and to get a congress that will back him. This kind of poison will undermine our efforts.

    Loosing the senate and then the presidency in 2016 would likely undo the good he has done.

    Don’t count on the GOP going down. The have money, hate, and are working hard on changing election laws.

  10. Pretty cynical attitude. There are plenty of people who have devoted their lives to public service and are to be admired. Unfortunately, for several decades lately virtually none of them are Republican politicians.

  11. Recently I was in the grocery store and was laughing at this and other rags with the usual blatant stupidity and lies. Behind me an older woman was getting enraged at my laughter and conversation with the woman in front of me who also thinks it is childish, this older woman started yelling at us and calling us the usual names and titles that these moronic teabraggers use. I ignored her and she spat on my jacket and the manager kicked her out, and he attends the same church as the crazy lady.

  12. If all the conservatives can come up with is their BS “Path to Prosperity”budget, religious pandering and used toilet paper like the Nat. Enq. to further their agenda, if that’s the best that they can come up with, then they have already lost the initiative, now it’s just a matter of time before the political funeral.

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