Update 5-17-16: Rhodes runs from Congress ~
The fabulist (*see below) seemed quite proud of the deceitful way the O’Ministration jammed through the Iran nuclear treaty, but now… Ben Rhodes Fails To Testify Before Congress, White House Cites Executive Privelege ~
The White House aide who admitted to spinning a false narrative around last year’s Iran nuclear deal failed to attend a congressional hearing Tuesday morning.
When asked why Rhodes was a no-show, the White House simply offered more of their usual equivocation ~
White House Counsel W. Neil Eggleston responded to Chairman Jason Chaffetz’s request for Rhodes’s appearance in a letter, writing “the appearance of a senior presidential adviser before Congress threatens the independence and autonomy of the President.”
The media sock-puppets nodded, and the farce goes on.
Original 5-13-16 post ~
The handful of (mostly conservative) online journalists who still believe that their profession’s first responsibility should be objective reporting were encouraged to see this fawning but honest article in Sunday’s New York Times. Well – encouraged by the Times’ transparency – while at the same time discouraged over yet another outrageous example of the deceitful maneuverings of the Obama administration.
In his summary of the David Samuels piece, David Reaboi at The Federalist explains how President Obama along with his unofficial propaganda minister, Ben Rhodes, duped America into the dangerous Iran deal. Reaboi refers to Rhodes (official title: White House’s Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications & Speechwriting) as a “fabulist” (which I had to look up but) – it’s the perfect description of this shyster:
* fabulist noun fab·u·list \ˈfa-byə-list\ ~
1. a creator or writer of fables
In the NYT piece Rhodes practically gloats about the ease with which the O’Ministration is able to enlist gullible reporters as spokespeople for the president’s agenda ~
“The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns… They literally know nothing.”
Which made them very effective sock-puppets when it came to pushing through the disastrous Iranian nuke deal ~
In the spring of last year, legions of arms-control experts began popping up at think tanks and on social media, and then became key sources for hundreds of often-clueless reporters. ‘We created an echo chamber,’ [Rhodes] admitted, when I asked him to explain the onslaught of freshly minted experts cheerleading for the deal. ‘They were saying things that validated what we had given them to say.’
… it was first necessary to lie to a corrupted and inexperienced American media about all sorts of things, beginning with the nature and intentions of the enemy Iranian regime. Subsequent lies were caked on, as the White House took advantage of a dangerous mix of journalists’ ignorance, their ideological and partisan commitment to the administration, and, finally, their career aspirations.
The Rhodes’ revelation provides undeniable evidence that much of the mainstream media is simply “Obamamedia,” willingly serving as shills to further any agenda the president proposes. And be advised, Reaboi paints such a bleak picture of the administration’s devious machinations you’ll want to scream.
Do read it though. And keep “IranGate” firmly in your mind every time you hear Barack Obama or one of his propagandists speak in the next six months. Know that every single word will be either an obfuscation – or a flat-out lie.
Writing at Conservative Review, Rachel Bovard reacts to this latest episode of the administration’s despicable manipulation and its sorry implications for our republic (Pssst – we’re not a democracy Rachel) ~
What happens to the public trust when a White House routinely betrays it? What does it mean for the country when a White House is staffed by individuals who see their entire job as “restructuring the American narrative”? In a world where the President of the United States can create his own reality, there is no accountability, no dissent, and certainly no respect for truth. There is no struggle to uphold the duty of the office; no striving to cherish and uphold the dignity of the millions of Americans who have placed their faith in their President. And when it is as such, there is no democracy.
The Samuels article is important for revealing the specifics of the lies we have been told about the Iran deal, but it is perhaps even more significant for revealing the depths of cynicism and arrogance that drive the staff at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to treat the faith of the public with such flippancy and disregard.
“Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar,
but is a stab at the health of human society.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
D.C. Deceit: If their lips are moving they’re lying