I reported the other day on the mainstream media’s soft-gloves treatment of Rick Perry amid FOX News and Sean Hannity’s complaints that the treatment their candidate was receiving is unduly harsh and probing. The New York Times was singled out for special animus. It seems upon further reflection that the New York Times is not so much the so-called liberal media’s print flagship but that they tend to actually look at the substance of Mr. Perry, and so, occasionally, find a blemish.
Look at Time Magazine’s gloss of the Texas superstar. For the week of August 22, Time sent Mark Halperin to have a look at Rick Perry and the result is superficial at best. What is truly disappointing about this is that Halperin is the senior political analyst for Time magazine, Time.com, and MSNBC. A senior political analyst ought to be able to analyze things for his pay – something, anything. He is also a board member on the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College. So why doesn’t Halperin analyze?
If you read Time you won’t find out anything about Rick Perry’s cronyism and building of the Texas state government for his own – not the state’s – benefit, as reported by the nefarious New York Times. A Times editorial this morning rails against Mr. Perry’s deeds:
There are nearly 600 boards, commissions, authorities and departments in Texas, many of which are of little use to the public and should have long been shut down or consolidated. They are of great use to the governor, who more than any predecessor has created thousands of potential appointments for beneficent backers and several pro-business funds that have been generous to allies.
From Halperin we get a lackadaisical “he created a public-private business-development fund that has opened him up to charges of cronyism” and the mention of boards and commissions is limited to this:
In his 10 years as governor, he has virtually taken over the state’s sprawling government, installing allies on every board and commission and pressing and aggressive legislative agenda of budget cuts, tort reform, and limited regulation.
Doesn’t even sound like he’s done anything wrong. He’s just aggressive, y’all.
But here’s what really happened, according to people – unlike Halperin – who actually dared do some research into Perry’s personal empire:
Since 2001, more than a fifth of the $83 million that Mr. Perry has raised for his gubernatorial campaigns has come from people he appointed to state boards and commissions, according to a study by Texans for Public Justice, a watchdog group. Just 150 individuals and couples gave him $37 million of that total, and nearly half received substantial tax breaks, business contracts or appointments from Mr. Perry, The Los Angeles Times reported.
Mr. Halperin’s treatment of The Response is just as vague and unsatisfying, like cliff-notes missing all the important stuff that will be on the test. He talks about Perry’s 12-minute sermon and in the two paragraphs devoted to the event sums it up as a “righteous rollout for one of the latest-starting presidential campaigns in recent history.”
Absent is any of this:
C. PETER-WAGNER, ONE-TIME “THE RESPONSE” ENDORSER: Japan, as a nation, is one of the nations of the world which has consciously, openly invited national demonization. The sun goddess visits him in person and has sexual intercourse with the emperor.
BRYAN FISCHER, AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION: Permits, in my judgment, should not be granted to build even one more mosque in the United States of America, not one.
MIKE BICKLE, “THE RESPONSE” ENDORSER: The harlot of Babylon is preparing the nations to receive the antichrist. The harlot of Babylon will be a religion of affirmation, toleration, no absolutes, a counterfeit justice movement.
WAGNER: So the emperor becomes one flesh with the sun goddess, and that’s an invitation for the sun goddess to continue to demonize the um, the whole nation. Since the night that that ended the present emperor slept with the sun goddess, the stock market in Japan has gone down, never come up since.
BICKLE: I believe that one of the main pastors as a forerunner to the harlot movement, it’s not the harlot movement yet, is Oprah. She is winsome, she is kind, she is reasonable, she is utterly deceived – utterly deceived. A classy woman, a cool woman, a charming woman, but has a spirit of deception, and she’s one of the clear pastors, forerunners, to the harlot movement.
JOHN HAGEE, “THE RESPONSE” ENDORSER: God sent a hunter. A hunter is someone who comes with a gun, and he forces you. Hitler was a hunter. How did it happen? Because God allowed it to happen. Why did it happen? Because God said my top priority for the Jewish people is to get them to come back to the land of Israel.
FISCHER: Hitler discovered he could not get straight soldiers to be savage and brutal and vicious enough to carry out his orders but that homosexual soldiers basically had no limits to the savagery and brutality they will willing to inflict on whoever Hitler sent them after. So he surrounded himself, virtually all the storm troopers, the brown shirts, were male homosexuals.
JOHN BENEFIEL, “THE RESPONSE” ENDORSER: You know, there’s a statue in New York harbor called the Statue of Liberty. You know where we got it from? French Freemasons. Listen folks, that is an idol, a demonic idol right there in the middle of New York harbor.
FISCHER: Counterfeit religions, alternative religions to Christianity have no First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion.
CINDY JACOBS, “THE RESPONSE” ENDORSER: What happens when a nation makes a decision that is against God’s principles? Well, often what happens is that nature itself will begin to talk to us. For instance, violent storms, flooding.
HAGEE: I believe that New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God and they are – uh, were recipients of the judgment of God for that. The newspaper carried the story in our local area that was not carried nationally, that there was to be a homosexual parade there on the Monday that Katrina came.
These are Rick Perry’s Response supporters. These are the guys he was praying with in Houston on August 6. This is what Perry, at his heart, represents. We don’t find this out from Halperin’s sugar-coated “analysis”; we don’t find out about Cleon Skousen and his 5,000 Year Leap I reported on here this morning, and his plan to turn the United States into “fifty little theocracies”. You won’t see the term “dominionism” used in Halperin’s treatment; you won’t see a mention of Christian Reconstructionism. Instead we find out that “Perry will get his share of religious conservatives” and a warning that “Eastern and Midwestern suburban voters, particularly women, could be turned off by his cultural conservatism.” Light brush-strokes indeed, and hardly worthy of being called “analysis”.
Instead we find out that there are doubts about Perry’s intellectual powers, that the Tea Party loves Rick Perry, the fact that “Republicans have put a Texan on their ticket in six of the last eight presidential elections” and that Perry has never lost an election. According to Halperin, Perry’s biggest problem is going to be his careless mention of the attractions of secession, but we all know even if Halperin does not that Perry won’t answer questions about this; as Halperin himself admits, Perry will just drone on endlessly about his “jobs” record in Texas.
In truth, Perry won’t have much of a problem because the mainstream media, as represented by Halperin himself and Time Magazine, won’t take off the kid gloves and actually show some journalistic integrity by doing some work. I would respectfully suggest that Time divert its funds to somebody who might actually be willing to honestly analyze a candidate rather than write a light piece of fluff that would better find a home in People Magazine.