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The Audacity Of Our Media’s Sycophancy

From an utterly shameless Associated Press:

A nest of baby robins begins to hatch in a nest in a bush by the White House Press Room at the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 23, 2009.

WHITE HOUSE NOTEBOOK: Audacity of a nesting robin

By Mark S. Smith, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – This is a story about a fledgling family at America’s most famous address, an inspiring saga about new beginnings, the audacity of hope and perhaps even dreams from a father.

More specifically, it’s about a robin’s nest.

Associated Press photographer Ron Edmonds first spotted the bird, flitting into and out of a bush immediately to the left of the main door to the White House press briefing room — the room seen on TV most days, the one with the bright lights in which Press Secretary Robert Gibbs gets his daily grilling.

It’s a hugely high-traffic location, with reporters coming and going at all hours, and camera crews traipsing past, lugging tripods, lights and other heavy equipment out to the North Lawn.

Yet the female robin seemed utterly oblivious to it all — fearless, even. And soon, Edmonds, who heads The AP’s White House photo staff and is a Pulitzer Prize-winner with an eagle eye (sorry about that), figured out why. This red-breasted mom was moments from hatching half a dozen chicks.

So Edmonds set up his tripod early one morning and took a series of remarkable photographs. They show the pale blue eggs cracking and the chicks emerging, squinting, into the spring sunshine.

What motivated this mother robin to choose the White House grounds for a home — let alone this particular bush among the thousands of shrubs and trees on its 18 acres? Was it the closeness to the seat of power? Getting a bird’s-eye view of history (sorry again)?

Unlike some denizens of the West Wing, this bird’s not singing.

The briefing room has seen much history, from the defiance of Richard Nixon who first had it built over the swimming pool so reporters wouldn’t crowd the main West Wing lobby, to the joshing of George W. Bush, who oversaw the room’s multimillion-dollar refit.

For the briefing room’s mother robin, roosting outside this particular door can’t help but involve an element of hope — the kind that comes in making an unlikely home, or in the miracle of birth and the circle of life.

Meantime, the father seems somewhat less audacious. In fact, Edmonds reports, he’s hardly been seen. Is it too much to wonder if the chicks dream his dreams, too?

Soon, spring will turn to summer, the chicks will fly the nest and the robins will move on. But as robins are creatures of habit and instinct, this one will likely be back in the spring.

Helen Thomas, the veteran White House reporter, likes to tell the presidents she covers, "You guys come and go. We stay."

So, it would seem, do the robins.

Surely robins have nested on the White House grounds before.

But have you ever seen such a naked and unrelenting propaganda campaign from our media?

Of course it is not entirely unprecedented.

After his election in 1933 the euphoria for Mr. Hitler burgeoned in a similarly unrestrained fashion.

Anticipating Mel Brooks by several decades, the author W. Beuth prefaced his heroic story of Hitler’s seizure of power – ‘The German Hitler Springtime’* with a poem of pseudo-religious piety:

Now has us the Godhead saviour sent,
Distress its end has passed.
To gladness and joy the land gives vent:
Springtime is here at last.

[*Der deutsche Hitler-Frühling. Die Wiederaufrichtung Deutschlands durch den Volkskanzler des Deutschen Reiches Adolf Hitler, Frankfurt a.M, 1933.]

But somehow we had hoped our country’s watchdog media would be different.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, April 25th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

18 Responses to “The Audacity Of Our Media’s Sycophancy”

  1. Kilmeny says:

    I am almost speechless. If I didn’t know the author was a grown man, I’d swear this was the high school essay of a teenage girl.

    And why do I suddenly have an urge to start singing “Why do birds..suddenly appear…everytime,, you are near…”?

    • curvyred says:

      Because just like the O’bots they long to be close to him.

    • catie says:

      And we’ve only just begun to live, hope and promises, a kiss for luck and we’re on our way.
      Kilmeny, this is more like a 12 y/o girl in her first throes of love. What a joke and this passes for journalism.

  2. jobeth says:

    Actually, I find the photo appropriate. Notice the open mouth little begger “hoping” he’ll get a nice large handout.

    And of course his paternal parents (government) will do so.

    But wait! I forgot…HIS parents will someday turn their backs on the poor waif and shove him out of the nest!

    In real life, the government won’t do that…instead they will just enslave us and make us feed THEM.

  3. Melly says:


    Germany was having trouble, what a sad, sad story
    Needed a new leader to restore its former glory
    Where, Oh where was he? Where could that man be?
    We looked around and then we found
    The man for you and me.
    And now it’s..

    Springtime for Hitler and Germany
    Deutschland is happy and gay
    We’re marching to a faster pace
    Look out, here comes the master race

    Springtime for Hitler and Germany
    Winter for Poland and France
    Springtime for Hitler and Germany
    Come on, Germans, go into your dance

    I was born in Dusseldorf, and that is why they call me Rolf
    Don’t be stupid, be a smarty, come and join the Nazi party

    Springtime for Hitler and Germany
    Goosestep’s the new step today
    bombs falling from the skies again
    Deutschland is on the rise again

    Springtime for Hitler and Germany
    U-boats are sailing once more
    Springtime for Hitler and Germany
    Means that soon we’ll be going
    We’ve got to be going
    That means we’ll be going
    You know we’ll be going
    That means we’ll be going to war!

    (Thank you Mel Brooks)

  4. Media_man says:

    The type of coverage given Obama is depressingly familiar to the type of coverage Pravda provided the USSR back in the day. Our free press is a one party monolith that merely promotes a liberal agenda. The sooner all the newspaper dailies go out of business, the better for the country. Maybe then we can go back to 50 years ago when multiple news sources presented readers with different perspectives, not just the liberal ones.

    That doesn’t address the issue of the AP, which sadly enough, is the primary news source (along w/ the NYT & WaPo) for all the smaller dailies throughout the country.

    The overwhelming liberal bias of the newspaper industry is free market conservatism’s biggest problem. How does the Right present its case when the noise from the Leftist one party media is drowns out all reason? This blog is one of the tools but it’s not enough.

  5. JohnMG says:

    Oh, pshaw.

    I’m surprised any of those sycophantic dweebs would even take the time to record the unfolding of the miracle of life. Instead, the liberal mindset would more accurately have been displayed by pinching the little heads of the hatchlings as they emerged from the shell in an act of bird-style partial-birth abortion, or an overt act of bird-abortion by taking the incubating eggs from the nest and thrusting them to the ground.

    This guy is pathetic. If a person was inclined (I’m not) to kiss Obama’s ass, that person would hit this author in the back of the head. What a mental midget!

  6. Liberals Demise says:

    This turd calls himself a reporter?

    The real story here is that the little birds know who their daddy is and what he looks like!! (Ooops, I’m not sorry)
    Can Barry say that?

  7. proreason says:


    The scientific consensus is that the Sun has SHONE EVERY DAY since our Dear Leader blessed us with his presence.

    That’s right, you heard it here first. The debate is over. The Sun shines every day that dear sweet president Obama is alive.

    Let his critics beware.

    • heykev says:

      Pro – I believe this is a new phenomenon because it was not shining during Bush’s terms. It took out Dear Leader to make it shine once again.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      I think I’ll go out and lay under that sun and get me a “Halfbro” tan all over.
      Next……I’ll trot over to my neighbors house and steal his car and go rob a newly bailed out bank…………..if I’m caught I’ll blame it all on liberal sunshine and the fact it cooked my brain. Yeah…..thats the ticket!!!

  8. Sharps Rifle says:

    Gad…what a man crush this slob has! Little Crissy Matthews may get a tingle up his leg at the thought of Hussein, but I’ll bet this whack job creams his Jordaches!

    • JohnMG says:

      Hey, SR, good to see you back. Where ya’ been hiding?

    • Sharps Rifle says:

      Just been busy…moved a while back, then the ‘puter crashed, so things have been a bit insane around El Rancho de SR these past several weeks.

  9. caligirl9 says:

    “Press Secretary Robert Gibbs gets his daily grilling.”

    Oh please. In no way, shape or form are the media grilling this guy or asking any hard questions directed at TOTUS …

    I may have written a piece like this in my 8th grade journalism class …

  10. Helena says:

    Attended a benefit event recently where a 15-year old girl read that “Yes we can” thing about how wonderful America was going to be now that we have “Him”. How revolting it was to hear. But when you’re 15, lots of things sound inspiring and not nauseating. 15-year olds have very high gag reflex thresholds apparently. What’s this “journalist’s” excuse?

    And isn’t the “they’re just baby birds, so fragile, so miraculous and beautiful – please don’t trample on their innocence – don’t crush them!!!” plea implicit in this piece of trash at odds with B.O.’s wonderful, masterful, strong, wise born-to-lead-America-out-of-her sinful-state image they’re all breaking their necks to prove?

  11. VMAN says:

    Is there such a thing as journalistic malpractice? Is there a lawyer out there that would file such a case? Just curious. These boobs need to be put in their place somehow.

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