Frontpage Interview’s guest today is John Ziegler, a former talk show host who is the director of the documentary Blocking 'The Path to 9/11’. His new film is Media Malpractice: How Obama Got Elected and Palin Was Targeted.
FP: John Ziegler, welcome to Frontpage Interview.
Ziegler Thanks for helping to spread the word on this incredibly important topic.
FP: So tell us why it is important and what motivated you to make this documentary.
Ziegler: I was outraged during the presidential primary season that one candidate, Barack Obama, was being held to a completely different and lower standard than any other in modern history. Then when Sarah Palin entered the picture we had one candidate who was targeted for destruction like never before in that same history. I knew that someone had to set the historical record straight and I knew that in many ways I was the best person to do try and do it.
FP: Why do you think the media was so “in the bag” when it came to supporting Obama?
Ziegler: It was a "perfect storm." In the primaries the media didn't want Hillary to run away with it and they clearly decided not to vet Obama figuring they could create some fake drama with Hillary eventually winning and with Obama possibly her vp or set up for 2012 if she lost.
Then MSNBC realized that they could increase their ratings by jumping completely on the Obama bandwagon. Once the snowball started down the hill and they realized that they could actually pull this off with limited blowback and could avoid the boring Hillary/McCain matchup completely, then their reverse racism and desire for history for history's sake took over.
Combine all that with the inherent liberal bias and you had all the ingredients for what happened. It was not a conspiracy. It was just everyone acting in their own self interest and the number one interest for the news media these days is ratings.
FP: Expand a bit on the hypocrisy and double standards in terms of how Obama was treated by the media.
Ziegler: Well, my film could have been eight hours long if I documented all of the examples, but by far the biggest was obviously the Rev. Wright situation. My film goes into greater detail than anyone has before to prove that the media coverage of that was totally outrageous. But I would nominate for second place the spiking of the 2001 NPR radio interview of Obama where he reveals he is a socialist and the way the media tried hard to ignore the Joe Biden "international test" audio. I think the notion that the Iraq war and Obama's large (and losing) bet against the surge was completely forgotten and also deserves to be mentioned.
FP: What threat did Palin pose to the Obama campaign and why did the media treat her so viciously?
Ziegler: Obviously the only time McCain took a real lead was after Palin's convention speech. She represented the worst nightmare for liberals because she had been able to reach national prominence without already having been discredited by the news media.
The media lost their ability to decide for America whether she was acceptable or not. She had been able to go over their heads and that proved that the initial attempt to destroy her had backfired. This is part of the reason the media needed to bring out the big guns to destroy her. Again, the examples are too plentiful to get into here, but it was more a death by a thousand cuts, most of which were illegitimate with the public's belief in one myth making it easier for them to believe the next one. You have to watch the film to see it for yourself.
FP: Why was the feminist Left so silent in witnessing the media treating a woman so badly?
Ziegler: It seems pretty obvious that it was because she was obviously very pro-life and someone who actually lived that belief. But I think it went further than that. I think the fact that she was a very successful career woman, with five children, who still clearly loves her husband, who kills her own food and who looks amazing doing all of it, is a very threatening package for a lot of women. Unfortunately, Sarah Palin makes a lot of women feel badly about themselves.
FP: What has been the reception to this film? Has the media recognized its arguments, let alone existence?
Ziegler: The answer to that is complex. The reaction of audiences has been amazing. We often get standing ovations when it is screened and the e-mail I get from people who have purchased the dvd is overwhelmingly positive. As for the media, I have been on The View and The Today Show among many other shows, so it is hard to say they have ignored the film, but some elements (particularly the written press) of the media have pretty much done so -- at least so far. Interestingly there has not been even ONE allegation of me getting a fact wrong or even of a distortion. The best one liberal critic could come up with was basically that I didn’t have video of Brian Williams, Katie Couric and Charlie Gibson mapping out their plan to get Palin. I figured that pretty much meant I had nailed it.
FP: What does it say about our country in general that this media bias occurred in terms of Obama getting elected?
Ziegler: It says a lot. It says that far too many of us simply down whatever the media spoon feeds us and that we don't do a lot of critical thinking or research on our own. The video we did of Obama voters on election day and the two scientific polls we did to back those up prove that.
I also think that there was a lot of reverse racism going on here that allowed Obama to be treated (ironically mostly by liberals) as essentially an affirmative action candidate who was not able to be held to the same standards as everyone else. I personally believe that the 2008 election was the most racist public event since the O.J. Simpson verdict.
FP: What can we do about this bias in the media?
Ziegler: Buy my film and after you have watched it, give it to a friend who doesn't yet believe that this problem in the media really exists.
FP: Thank you John Ziegler. Frontpage readers, this film is simply outstanding. BUY IT!!!!