A Slobbering Love Affair by Bernard Goldberg

March 2, 2010

slobbering-love-affair Summary: In A Slobbering Love Affair, subtitled “The True (And Pathetic) Story of the Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media” author Bernard Goldberg shows a number of ways in which the media basically gave Barack Obama a pass during the 2007 primaries and the 2008 presidential campaign. Time and time again, the mainstream media virtually ignored any stories that showed Obama in a negative light, while hammering his opponents for even daring to bring the issues up.

What sorts of issues got buried or received far less ink than you’d expect? Here’s a short list: Obama’s refusal to release his undergraduate transcripts; his association with the racist, America-hating Rev. Jeremiah Wright; his friendship with former terrorist Bill Ayers and others from the Weathermen; and his links to ACORN (an organization known for election fraud). When left-leaning papers like the NY Times or Washington Post did bother to mention the stories, they usually did so in an almost cavalier manner, disdaining to get into specifics and railing at the “racism” driving the people questioning Obama on these matters.

Moreover, in interviews, whenever Obama declined to answer a question or just gave one line and then said, “I’ve now dealt with the matter”, the media allowed his answers to stand. They didn’t ask follow-up questions, preferring instead to agree with Obama that he had sufficiently covered the ground before.

In stark contrast, the media hounded Hillary Clinton about tons of issues during the Democratic primaries, and followed that performance by attacking Sarah Palin with vigor during the presidential election. Want proof? There were more articles in the NY Times about the cost of Palin’s wardrobe than about Obama and his radical minister Jeremiah Wright. And there were more stories about Palin’s speaking blunders than about Joe Biden’s references to FDR getting on TV to comfort folks about the Great Depression or calling “jobs” a three-letter word.

Goldberg concludes by saying that all Americans lose when we have a media that’s so in love with a particular candidate (now president) that they shirk their duties and refuse to report on issues that other people might find important. By treating Obama as a “rock star” and glorifying him all the way to the White House, the mainstream media has lost credit with lots of average folks.

Liked:

  • I liked that Goldberg didn’t blame the media for Obama’s presidential victory. I happen to agree that the real damage was done during the primaries against Hillary Clinton. She’s the one who has a real beef with them. McCain did just as much damage to his own campaign as the media did, and probably wouldn’t have been able to win even if the press had been completely neutral.
  • It truly angers me to see how the media pumped Obama up for the past two years. This simply isn’t far to the American people, many of whom still believe what they read in the papers or hear on TV. And to learn that Sarah Palin’s wardrobe received more coverage than actual political issues… well, that’s just utterly ridiculous.
  • There were lots of great examples in this book about how much of a pass Obama gets in the press. There’s no way a white male candidate or a Republican would have been able to skate by just by saying, “I’ve answered that already.” Why didn’t anyone push Obama for real answers when leadership of the entire country was at stake?

Disliked:

  • Well, this isn’t exactly the fault of the author, but I’ve read several similar books recently, so I didn’t feel as though Goldberg covered any new ground here. I’d already heard of most of the examples of media bias that he gave, and therefore ending up skimming a lot.

Rating:
A Slobbering Love Affair by Bernard Goldberg is a decent read for anyone wanting to learn more about the ways the mainstream media obviously favor Barack Obama. But this title is more suited towards someone who hasn’t explored the topic very much. If you’ve already read some things about Obama’s treatment in the media, this book won’t hold your interest for long. I give it 3 stars out of 5.

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