WASHINGTON. The recently concluded television adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones” (GOT) wrapped up this lavishly-costumed eight-season morality play with a simple message. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Since the time this HBO extravaganza began to unfold on pay cable, the MSM has remained obsessed with the actors, the filming, the storyline – you name it.
But throughout this maxi-series’ long and successful run, the now clearly declining MSM has remained utterly uninterested in our own very real American Game of Thrones. This equally long-running series could now be moving into its own final season right here in Washington, D.C.
Game of Thrones, American style
Here in the capital city of America, we will soon hear a tale unfold that’s eerily similar to George R.R. Martin’s. It will recount the Machiavellian lengths to which President Barack Obama used his executive power and the formidable resources of the US intelligence services to meddle in the selection of his successor. And worse, having failed with that hubristic strategy, to instigate a clandestine campaign to unseat the duly-elected Republican victor of 2016, Donald J. Trump. It’s our own very real American Game of Thrones. But its final chapter has yet to be written.
Curiously, now-President Donald Trump’s recent endeavor to shine the bright sunlight of transparency on the dubious deeds of America’s likely corrupted secret agencies is viewed as a troubling development. But only in the eyes of those who claim to represent “the public’s right to know.” America’s rapidly declining MSM.
Our hear-no-evil, see-no-evil, badly declining MSM
The declining Washington Post’s Shane Harris purports to be shocked by President Donald Trump’s latest executive order. It gives Attorney General William Barr broad power to release previously classified information regarding the origins of the Trump/Russia collusion investigation:
“It appeared unprecedented to give an official who is not in charge of an intelligence agency the power to reveal its secrets. Current and former intelligence officials said they were concerned that Barr could selectively declassify information that paints the intelligence agencies and the FBI in a bad light without giving a complete picture of their efforts in 2016.”
Maggie Haberman and Michael Schmidt of the declining New York Times seconded Harris’s concern over others’ concerns for our nation’s spies:
“The directive is likely to irk the intelligence community, which has long prized its ability to determine what information about its operations can be released to the public.”
Where have all the journalists gone?
The paragraphs above denote a singular lack of curiosity on the part of so-called journalists – all part of this country’s declining MSM. In years past, these alleged journalists were more than willing to publish classified information leaked to them by intelligence sources. Particularly when the GOP held the Oval Office.
Neither reporter cited here wonders just what, exactly, these secretive Federal agencies find concerning or irksome. Other than having attention aimed back at their nefarious actions. Actions they never thought they’d have to answer for. After all, the infallible polls said Hillary Clinton was an overwhelming shoo-in to be elected as the nation’s 45th president.
But, as in HBO’s GOT, in our American Game of Thrones, the best-laid plans often go awry.
Media engages in power games as the American Game of Thrones plays out
Getting back to the spectacle of this country’s declining MSM, do you remember the Pentagon Papers? It was a “top secret” history of the Vietnam War written by members of the RAND Corporation for the Pentagon’s inner circle.
US Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara commissioned the report. Among its more startling revelations:
- The Kennedy Administration’s ordered assassination of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem;and
- The ineffectiveness of heavy US bombing in breaking the will of North Vietnamese leaders to continue the war.
A US District judge issued a restraining order prohibiting the Washington Post and New York Times from printing articles, beyond the few they had, that used material from the classified history. But the government’s demand for prior restraint was eventually settled in favor of the newspapers in a 6-3 vote by the United States Supreme Court.
Our once free press evolves into an anti-American, anti-GOP propaganda mill
In his opinion in the Pentagon Papers Case Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black made the following observation.
“Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people…”
But what if the allegedly free press is working with the government and a single political party to deceive the American people?
Ho-hum. It appears that the Trump administration’s current plan to declassify information on the Obama administration’s use of covert agencies to spy on his party’s political opponents is of little interest to our so-called free press. Our rapidly declining MSM. Which is one major reason why what’s left of American journalism is heading down the drain.
The hate-filled denials voiced by the MSM
But Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s 400-plus-page report exonerated President Trump of colluding with Russia and attempting to obstruct justice. After this apparently disappointing news, dejected Times reporter Peter Baker asked the following rhetorical question.
“Have Democrats assumed too much in their zeal to bring Mr. Trump down? Have journalists connected too many dots that do not really add up. Can there be conclusions that are widely accepted in such a polarized era?
The answer to all the above is an unqualified YES. And in the weeks to come, the failed Deep State plot to remove Trump from office will be undeniably clear. And don’t be surprised if that plot includes conspirators belonging to our suspiciously uninterested press. Which itself may be part of our American Game of Thrones.
— Headline image: The Iron Throne from HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Screen capture.