Now that the election is over, one thing is clear the country will have to deal with several major problems that the mainstream media largely ignored to protect President Obama. On issue after issue, in fact, the media didn't cover Obama's first term as much as they've covered up for him, whether it was the dismal state of the economy, the failure of his policies or the increased troubles abroad. The effort worked remarkably well, helping to shield Obama from responsibility, protecting his image, providing a solid floor under his approval ratings, and ultimately a second term in the White House. But now that Obama is safely in the White House for another four years, the press is sure to churn out what can charitably be called "now they tell us" stories about these matters, now that any potential election impact has passed.
On Tuesday, Yahoo News provided a glimpse, with a story by seasoned journalist Walter Shapiro, who finally got around to wondering whether "anyone outside (Obama's) family and the inner sanctum of the White House staff really know Obama or have a clear handle on what he would do with a second term." That's the sort of question you'd expect the press to pursue in the weeks leading up to the election, when it might have helped voters make up their minds. But it's of little value after they've left for the polls. Among other stories the media are likely to "discover" now that voters have made their decision:
• The economy really does stink.
• Massive debt and entitlement crises loom.
• The debt ceiling limit is fast approaching.
• Obama's deficit-cutting plan won't work.
• ObamaCare isn't what it was cracked up to be.
• Questions about Benghazi still demand answers.