Consider the Air Force One Manhattan fiasco, the Prime Minister Gordon Brown DVD box set diplomatic incident (that was coded for North America and therefore unplayable in the UK), and Hillary’s gift of the “overcharge” button to the Russia foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.
If Bush had done any of these things, they would have entered the cultural landscape like the time when George H W Bush threw up at a Japanese state dinner, which was played up for years afterwards. The mistranslation of the reset button and the fact that nobody bothered to check the region code of the DVD’s would have been hailed as proof positive of Bush’s provincialism. The gratuitously insulting treatment meted out to Gordon Brown would have been a demonstration that Bush was out of his depth with regard to foreign policy. And if Bush had tried to pass the buck on the Air Force One Manhattan photo op incident onto underlings the way Obama and his press secretary just did, the MSM would have chanted “the buck stops here”. Instead, they bought it. If the photo op had been done by the Bush administration, they would have asked hard questions like, what was the reason for photographing Air Force One flying past the Statue of Liberty? Was it for a political campaign? Were there any campaign contributors on that plane? Was the taxpayer reimbursed the cost of the flyby? Etc. But they didn’t.
Because Obama did it, all of these embarrassments are passed over quickly, but only if it is not possible to not mention them at all. In fact, if a person got all his news from the mainstream media, he would likely be unaware that any of these things have happened at all.
This is why Republican attack ads traditionally have been so much more effective than Democrat attack ads. Democrat ads just regurgitate what has already been repeated endlessly on CNN. Nothing new here. But GOP ads come like bolt from the blue to the disinterested voter, introducing him for the first time to the all kinds of factual, relevant information that the liberal establishment has assiduously ignored. The anti-attack-ad editorials by the MSM are only proof positive that this is true.
The fly in the ointment is that the MSM are no longer the only game in town. These things are being remembered by blogosphere, talk radio and Fox News. Consequently they increasingly bleed over into mainstream culture under the MSM radar screen.