Obama yesterday expressed concern at the sorry state of the news industry and said that he will look at a news paper bailout, because otherwise, blogs will take over the world, and that would be a threat to democracy, The Hill reports.
"I am concerned that if the direction of the news is all blogosphere, all opinions, with no serious fact-checking, no serious attempts to put stories in context, that what you will end up getting is people shouting at each other across the void but not a lot of mutual understanding," he said.
Translation: The blogs are serving the traditional media role of watchdog against government abuse. After decades of consolidating the corporate media into a few hands in CIA control the public media is breaking free again, making it impossible for the government to lie the people into more wars.
But Obama is not paying attention to what is really going on. The corporate media tried to compete with the blogs by spending millions of dollars on slick websites, only to learn that it was never about whiz-bang technology but about getting the truth. What the blogs are doing in the US today was done with FAX machines in the USSR and with simple printing presses in tyrannies from Louie the 16th's to Charles the First, to Mussolini, to Ceausescu. Once the people know they are being lied to by the government, they will seek the truth wherever it is found and in whatever form it takes. At the moment, it is the blogs. Absent a brand new news entity staffed with trusted names from the blog-o-sphere, the TV networks and newspapers will be a long time gaining back the trust they lost by lying to the people about Saddam's "nookular" bombs.
Absent confession of the previous lies and a true act of contrition, this government will never regain the trust of the American people.
Trust arrives on foot but departs on horseback!