This is a column on what I call the incredibles.
I know the world is imperfect, but some things are simply too far over the edge, too outrageous, too unspeakable and too incredible to be as they are. I call them the incredibles. But that's the way they are. Nevertheless, I have trouble understanding how they can even be tolerated let alone survive and become powerful forces. Here are a few of them:
* There is widespread discrimination and persecution of Christians around the world in many foreign countries.
Now I can understand, but certainly not accept or justify, how some comparatively small religions are persecuted, but I can't understand why so many tolerate persecution of Christians, by far the largest religion in the world, with more than 2 billion followers.
When the majority religion is subject to persecution in many lands, you would think the outcry would be overwhelming. But hardly a peep is heard. I don't understand the world's silence, and even the silence of the leaders of the Christian religion. What is going on? You would think the organized force of more than 2 billion Christians is powerless.
* Another of my incredibles is some of the anti-Israel and even anti-Semitic emanations of some of the Protestant Churches, most notably the Methodists, the Presbyterians and the Mennonites.
I have written on this and the other incredibles. Perhaps if the leaders of these denominations spent less time on what would seem to be anti-Israel, anti-Semitic campaigning, they would have time to get some organized and effective plans to stop the worldwide persecution of Christians, which most remarkably has been at the highest level in the last century compared to all the preceding centuries of the existence of Christianity.
* There is the poison spread through the land every day by the biased, dishonest and fraudulent mainstream media.
The bias is so dishonest and so obvious it is as though the words "don't believe this" appeared at the end of every sentence. Yet, it is something that passes without major protest.
It's bad enough that people read and listen to the mainstream media but what is more incredible is that so many accept this journalistic fraud without question and aren't even aware they are being duped. I know Barnum said a sucker is born every minute, but he didn't say they were all quite as dumb as they have to be to put up with the mainstream media.
* Then there is the United Nations, which is supposed to bring peace and justice to the world. Instead, it seems to give a home and power to the worst tyrants of the world and fosters all kinds of bigotry and hatred.
It actually promotes terrorism rather than fighting it. At the same time, its leading financial support comes from the United States. It doesn't make sense, and I don't understand why we let this continue. John Bolton, our former U.N. ambassador has issued some of the best critiques of the U.N.
These incredibles are all connected, brought together by among other things the mainstream media.
It is not only unbelievably biased but fails to cover in any significant ways the other incredibles I've mentioned. This column will touch on two of the incredibles: The mainstream media and the U.N.
The good news is that a few mainstream media insiders are finally beginning to speak out against the bias, which I personally think was responsible for selling an unqualified, unvetted, untested, unproven candidate, now the president-elect. That bad news is that there was almost universal silence of the mainstream media during the election, when protest might have made a difference.
Newsmax.com, one of the excellent sources from the alternative media, recently reported, "The mainstream media's support for Barack Obama's presidential campaign was so biased that even major insiders are now admitting they were shocked by its depth and depravity."
The latest of the very few to finally speak out was Mark Halperin of Time magazine, who called the media's performance during the campaign simply "disgusting.
" Mr. Halperin told a panel of media analysis at the Politco/USC conference on the 2008 election, "It's the most disgusting failure of people in our business since the Iraq war ... It was extreme bias, extreme pro-Obama coverage."
I've been impressed by the work of Mr. Halperin, but having uttered those kind words, I must correct him on four points.
* First, it is not the media's performance that was simply "disgusting." It is that segment of the media referred to as the mainstream media by most and as the drive-by media by Rush Limbaugh.
It includes The New York Times, the Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer and most major national papers on the print side. It includes most of the broadcasting networks including ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. And it includes such newsmagazines as Time and Newsweek.
I would say they are beyond disgusting, and are in fact one of the leading dangers to our democracy.
It's important to make this media distinction, as some media outlets did excellent jobs of covering the election, such as the Wall Street Journal, Investor's Business Daily, the Washington Times, Fox Cable News Network, the Weekly Standard and The National Review along with many Web sites including townhall.com, littlegreenfootballs.com, newsmax.com and hotair.com.
The conservative radio talk shows also did outstanding work in covering the news including such hosts as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Hugh Hewitt, Mike Gallagher, Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin, Michael Medved, Bill Bennett and Dennis Prager. It's also important to make the distinction as we literally have to declare war against the mainstream media, educate the public on its bias and encourage users and advertisers to boycott it.
* There's a second correction I'd make to Mr. Halperin's comments. The media performance wasn't just the worst since the Iraq War. It was the worst in history. Even though many fault the depth of the coverage leading up to the Iraq War, in my view history will affirm that was a war we had to fight and have to win. So the media failure was not as damaging as it was in the 2008 election. There the failure of the mainstream media amounted to a media coup d'etat that elected the unqualified "One."
* The mainstream media types now speaking out don't have much to say about what they and their media outlets plan to do to stop the bias. I think it's time not only to speak of bias, but also to start doing something about it. One way is to introduce more diversity on the editorial page. They might try for some balance between liberal and conservative voices. They might also appoint ombudsmen with a top priority of going after media bias, and attempting to assure some degree of fair and balanced reporting.
* Finally, I'd add this correction. When discussing bias during the campaign these latecomers to media criticism, fail to note the irrational over-the-top bias of the campaign continues in the coverage of the new administration to date. That should be noted and steps to do something about it should be discussed and acted on. At the very least they should now demote Barack Obama from his present mainstream media status as a Messiah to an ordinary human being.
The Washington Post's ombudsman has also admitted the coverage of her paper was biased in Mr. Obama's favor and against Sen. John McCain.
Now we come to one of my favorite incredibles, the United Nations, which should be fighting to end persecution and discrimination. Instead, it is a source for the promotion of bigotry, racism, intolerance, and persecution. Here's its latest fiasco, reinforcing its usual anti-Israel and anti-Semitic programming.
But first a little background on the U.N. Seven years after 9/11, the U.N., instead of fighting terrorism is actually promoting it. Here is how the U.N. approached the problem. On Sept. 9, the president of the U.N. General Assembly addressed the impasse of the U.N. on terrorism. He said the U.N. has to "rise above ongoing debates on the definition of terrorism and agree on practical, operational steps that needed to be taken." In other words we don't know what terrorism is and can't define it, but we must all get together and fight it. He doesn't explain how you fight something that you can't even identify and define.