By Jack Engelhard
Is vengeance coming? First, kill the messengers? Three reporters whose newspapers failed to editorially sanctify Barack Obama (opting for John McCain) have been told there’s no room at the inn or on the plane. Correspondents for the New York Post, Washington Times and Dallas Morning News have been exiled from Air Obama.
Already an Enemies’ List? So soon? We can only imagine what comes later. (Nixon at least waited until he got in.)
Obviously there will be payback upon apostates. There will be blood, so to speak. To paraphrase Rev. Wright, “The chickens will come home to roost to those who have been disloyal to Obama.” Turning once again to Rev. Wright – “Gawd damn Americans who disrespect Obama.” (Just ask Joe the Plumber.) Names will be remembered. Scores will be settled. There will be reckonings.
It’s good to be the king.
Our eyes have seen the retribution when Joe Biden was asked a REAL question by Florida anchor Barbara West. The question? If it quacks like a socialist, it must be a socialist! Biden was shocked at such chutzpah. Team Obama swiftly removed WFTV Orlando from any further access from now until doomsday.
Even as we speak, Joe the Plumber is undergoing a full Inquisition for ASKING A QUESTION.
By use of the Fairness Doctrine or some other trick, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin and others inside and outside the media who depart from the approved script may soon be talking without a microphone. They sure won’t be invited to any Obama press conferences and, given the trend, fat chance that there will be any press conferences. This soon-to-be-leader doesn’t like (hard) questions and those who surround him appear to be quite sensitive and testy.
Bill Moyers and Keith Olbermann have no such worries. They’re sure to be front and center at any White House function. But woe to Fox News.
We’re into a new version of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. To quote Ring Lardner, “Shut up, he explained.”
Those of us who’ve complained that we don’t know much about this man (like where he was born) are beginning to know him better, and the signals are troubling. We’re observing a pattern that rewards friends and trashes perceived enemies. We’re being prepared for an administration that serves some of the people all the time and to hell with everybody else.
Is this man vindictive? We don’t know, but as for me, a writer, an American, I’m getting the scent, the chill, of censorship and am truly worried.
A free press, freedom of speech, open forums for rigorous even controversial exchange of ideas, these are the fundamentals of our democracy. We’re in trouble and at risk of losing our liberties when speech police monitor our opinions and muzzle our rights to say what we think.
[I am trying not to get political here and turn this into an Obama rant. I’m trying to say that I’m fearful of anyone, Obama, McCain whoever, who toys with any part of our cherished freedoms. I’ve been to such places. I come from such places. Let others worry about distribution of wealth and other departures of politics. For me it’s about journalism and The First Amendment.]
We’re not in Putin’s Russia where apostates suddenly find themselves dead of food poisoning. We’re not in Venezuela, either, or in any of those other places where KGB types patrol the crowds just to be sure that there’s no whispering or murmuring. We’re not there yet and chances are good that it won’t happen here if Obama gets elected supreme leader.
After all, those three journalists were not tossed from Obama’s airplane while it was up in flight.
About the author: Jack Engelhard’s latest novel, THE BATHSHEBA DEADLINE, now in paperback, places journalism at the center of our culture and our war on terror. Engelhard wrote the international bestselling novel INDECENT PROPOSAL that was translated into more than 22 languages and turned into a Paramount motion picture starring Robert Redford and Demi Moore. He can be reached and his Works can be viewed on his website www.jackengelhard.com.