Published On: Sun, Aug 21st, 2011

An Ineffective Conspiracy of Silence

Every media outlet reported that the Obama’s long awaited vacation in Martha’s Vineyard began this past Thursday, but did you know that Michelle just couldn’t wait for Barack to finish up his official duties and fly with him on Air Force One at about 6 pm?  Instead, she insisted on a special military flight with extra secret service and separate motorcades on each end, and arrived at 2pm.

Obama's Helicopter Convoy

Just the day before Obama had talked about the need for “shared sacrifice” on his bus trip during a stop in Atkinson Illinois. Did Michelle not get the memo, or does she just not care?

Even though you probably have heard about this new example of wretched excess and imperial privilege by now, why do the British do a better job covering Obama than the American press does?

Try Googling  “obama michelle martha’s vineyard separate flights” or some such variation.  Other than a brief item from Fox News, as of this moment, all the first page returns are from blog sites. On the second page of returns, the only main stream media return is from the UK Daily Mail.  No mainstream American media outlet shows up in the first fifty returns.

Try “president obama and michelle take separate jets to martha’s vineyard”, which might be easier for the usually intuitive search engine to understand. Pretty much the same results.  UK sites show up at the top of the first page’s results, but no American media coverage 50 returns deep.

Why would that be? Is it that there is no interest in this, no actual story here? Clearly it’s not earth shattering news (or at all surprising), but the UK press seems to find it of interest. It’s covered in the Daily Mail and elsewhere, but our own press seems to have missed it.

It’s a small thing, but there are many such examples. Why does the mainstream media do such a poor job masking their continuing bias?

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About the Author

- Russell Halley is a lifelong political voyeur. Halley started writing for weekly newspapers in the early 70's, and advanced to a successful career as a freelancer, having been published in several national magazines. Eventually, however, the call of commerce lured him away and he switched to circulation, working with many of the largest publishers around the world to increase readership. As an avocation, Russell has always followed and participated in the minutia of the political world, and migrated from a severe left wing point of view to conservatism. He was flattered when the San Jose Mercury News once described his style as “Republican Punk”, and prides himself on a certain expertise in this arena, with a perspective that he hopes sheds light on the issues of the day. Read more of Halley's clips here.