OneNews NowRobert Knight - Guest Columnist - 6/8/2011 10:05:00 AM
You might have seen the vicious Mediscare video by now entitled "America the Beautiful." If you haven't, you should. It's from folks who just the other day were chanting the mantra of "civility." It's a taste of what the left will be serving up as 2012 approaches.
As the song "America the Beautiful" plays, a man in a dark suit with a likeness to Republican Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) pushes an elderly woman in a wheelchair down a sidewalk. The message on the screen informs us that the Republican Medicare reform proposal will "privatize" Medicare. The man diverts to a steep path as the woman's smile turns to terror. She fights as he pushes her faster. He then dumps her headfirst off a cliff, which we see clearly from the front. The only thing missing is a vampire giving her a hickey on the way down.
Not since Barry Goldwater was smeared in 1964 with the famous "little girl with daisy and mushroom cloud" TV ad has there been such bald-faced character assassination.
The ad was produced by The Agenda Project, a leftist group that earlier made a similarly nasty Tea Party video whose title includes the f-word, and also "Hate Begets Hate," a hateful assault on public figures who oppose the Cordoba House Mosque at Ground Zero in New York City. That one has little Muslim girls crying and being comforted while photos of big, bad (and even some liberal) politicians are quoted. This is propaganda at its rawest. No, wait. They topped it with that lady pushed over a cliff.
The good news is that the left knows that more and more Americans are onto them. So they're resorting to more desperate tactics. The bad news is that, absent a traditional press corps to keep them honest, they're still getting away with it. But their days may be numbered. A rising class of conservative sleuths such as Lila Rose, Hannah Giles, James O'Keefe, CNS News reporters, the Washington Times' Kerry Pickett and author Ben Shapiro are using the new media to great advantage, exposing Planned Parenthood, Hollywood and lying liberal politicians.
The playing field has never been fair. The Left has a broader palette from which to color public opinion. They can use truth if that works, or lies if that works. As Karl Marx said, "the ends justify the means."
Conservatives have to tell only the truth for a couple of reasons. First, there's the commandment not to bear false witness. When you lie, you're messing with God Almighty, not just the people you're fooling. This is not something that most secular leftists lose sleep over. Second, if you're a conservative, you wouldn't get away with it. The media would pursue it mercilessly instead of ignoring it or covering it up.
Over the years, leftist lies and media complicity have done enormous damage. In 1931, New York Times Moscow Bureau Chief Walter Duranty parroted Soviet propaganda while Joseph Stalin systematically starved, shot and tortured to death his opponents. Duranty, who won the Times' first Pulitzer Prize in 1932, looked the other way when Stalin in 1932-1933 forcibly starved to death millions of Ukrainians. Duranty even went so far as to denounce reports of famine by other journalists. British reporter Malcolm Muggeridge, who reported on the famine for The Guardian, called Duranty "the greatest liar I have met in journalism." Stalin went on to murder millions more in Russia, and Franklin Roosevelt referred to him as "Uncle Joe."
Twice, the Pulitzer board has refused to rescind the award despite pleas from Ukrainian groups and a recommendation to do that from an independent report solicited by the New York Times and given to the board. You have to wonder what it would take.
Sometimes, the nature of the crime is reckless denial. Like Obama declaring that under ObamaCare, we can keep the health coverage we have now.
Or Massachusetts Democrat Rep. Barney Frank telling a House committee in 2004 that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were in no danger: "I don't see anything in this report that raises safety and soundness problems." Other Democrats accused the Bush administration of bad motives and even racism for demanding more accountability.