You always hurt those closest to you, especially when you are lashing out in frustration and anger...
And who loves Barack Obama more than the New York Times? They smeared John McCain, killed negative stories about Obama's anti-American cohorts, published a few warped polls, and helped push his radical agenda upon the American people.
But not hard enough, apparently. From last week's New York Times, buried at the end of a puff-piece about Harry Reid and his fight to socialize medicine, we hear from Obama:
“Well, if you’ve got insurance companies spending hundreds of millions of dollars scaring the daylights out of people into thinking that somehow this is a government takeover of health care, that it’s unpaid for, that it means huge new taxes on them, that it’s going to mean higher premiums — if that’s the information you’re getting, shoot, I’d be against it, too,” ...
“Once this thing is passed and signed, then suddenly The New York Times and other newspapers are going to have a big article saying what does this mean for you, and people will take a look at it and say, ‘You know what, this is a lot better deal than I thought.’
OK. Stop right there. Is Obama complaining that the NYT has not carried enough water for him already? Or does he expect nothing but uncritical praise for his initiatives, lest you fall into the "FOX-hole" of "opinion journalism"?
And does he really think that the average American is going to pick up the New York Times, forget about all of their inherent biases and prior poor reporting, and say "Wow! If the Times says this is a good thing, then heck - I'm all for it!"?
And does he really think that anyone outside of the Upper West Side of Manhattan even reads the New York Times anymore? Hey, I commute from Jersey every day, and there might be 10 people on the bus reading the newspaper - and 9 of them are reading the Wall Street Journal. Seriously.
Obviously Obama reads the Times, and he's keeping score. And it seems like the folks on the editorial page know it, as today's piece plays the role of fawning sycophant (" A servile self-seeker who attempts to win favor by flattering influential people") to Obama's deluded beliefs:
To our minds, it is not remotely a verdict on Mr. Obama’s presidency, nor does it amount to a national referendum on health care reform — even though it has upended the effort to pass a reform bill, which Mr. Obama made the centerpiece of his first year...
Obama nods. "Good girl!", he says to a paws-up Gail Collins. "Now beg for a treat...."