2012: The Mainstream Media’s Second Chance



Dear Mainstream Media:

As Newt Gingrich surges to the lead in various Presidential candidacy polls, I see you are turning your vaunted research and vetting capabilities toward Newt. This is as it should be, and Newt has said he fully expects it.

So go for it. Leave no stone unturned. Do all the serious thoughtful research and all the tabloid-style exposés you can manage.  As voters, we’ve all come to expect as much from you for Republican candidates, especially the Conservative ones.

But recognize this:

Barack Obama will also be a candidate in the next election.  Why not vet him too, with equal fervor?   Isn’t he worth another close look?

Sure, you can look again at Bill Ayers, Reverend Wright, Frank Marshall Davis, and others from Obama’s past.  You can try again (more seriously this time?) to find something about his college experience, his written works, his mentors, and his transcripts.  You can find and interview some professors and classmates who knew him.   You have a second chance to do all those things you should have done the first time.

But now you could do so much more.  Obama has an open, current record you can investigate.

In particular, you could now vet the dozens (indeed, hundreds) of his appointees over the past three years, especially his many czars and other political appointees that ended up in the DOJ, FCC, HHS, EPA, NLRB, and elsewhere.  Is there a pattern in there somewhere?  Do they share some common origins or a common set of core beliefs?  What are those beliefs?  What is that core?

Isn’t that the kind of research that journalism is supposed to be about?  Are you afraid of what you might find?  Are you true investigative journalists or just advocates for a cause?  Do you know and appreciate the difference?   Show us this time that you do.  Please.  Show us.

There aren’t many professions as critical as yours where its practitioners ever get a second chance.  The lead-up to the 2012 election is your second chance to vet Barack Obama.   You will never get another.  What will you make of it?

Previous articleQaddafi son caught, in southern Libya
Next articlePhoenix group seeks to ban new billboards
David Leeper's 40-year career in engineering includes senior management positions at AT&T Bell Labs, Bellcore, Motorola, and Intel. He holds a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He is now retired and lives in Arizona with his wife, Susan, of 43 years. Both are active in volunteer work, including teaching for Title I schools, reading for the blind, and local/national politics.