Mark Halperin, Trinity Wells and The Reporter Race

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Mark Halperin, Trinity Wells and The Reporter Race

The 11th Doc­tor: (screw­driver buzzes mov­ing fran­ti­cally ) It’s all wrong. Pres­i­dent Obama tak­ing ques­tions from the press? The press chal­leng­ing him on issues? The TARDIS tak­ing us to Wash­ing­ton when we are sup­posed to be in Bermuda…

Rory: You’ve got to admit that last one isn’t unusual.

The Doc­tor, Obama & the Press Corps, 2012

The crea­tures out­side looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impos­si­ble to say which was which

George Orwell Ani­mal Farm 1945

The Mas­ter: there is no human race. There is only the Mas­ter race.

Doc­tor Who: The End of Time Part 1 2009

Four years ago in Decem­ber of 2009 The End of Time, the last episode of the David Ten­nant run as Doc­tor Who came out. It was released in two parts.

The cli­max of episode was the fruition of the Master’s plan to take over the world. It took place at the same time as a press con­fer­ence where Barack Obama was going to announce a secret plan to solve all the world’s eco­nomic prob­lems. All dur­ing the episode before that point peo­ple in the story spoke with antic­i­pa­tion of this event. From the break truck lady:

Sarah: And don’t for­get tomor­row night. The Christ­mas broad­cast. Pres­i­dent Obama.
Tommo: Oh?
Sarah: He’s promised to end the reces­sion. Bad times will soon be over, Ginger.

To Donna Noble’s Hus­band to be Shawn

Here are the presents. I’m sorry, I couldn’t afford much, but not for long, if Pres­i­dent Obama ends the reces­sion tonight.

To the self-​confident vil­lain Joshua Nai­smith who was try­ing to secure eter­nal life for his daughter:

But it’s time for the broad­cast. The President’s grand ini­tia­tive. You might want to see this, sir. Proof that the human race can mend it’s own problems.

Oddly enough Rus­sell T. Davies writ­ing actu­ally reflected the real life opin­ions of many in the world after the Obama vic­tory. After all less than a year later a few months ear­lier Obama would win a Nobel Peace Prize for not being George Bush.

But the bit of writ­ing that catches my eye the most also inter­est­ing was how they wrote the reac­tion of the fic­tional reporter Trin­ity Wells who opened the pres­i­den­tial press con­fer­ence with this:

And now, antic­i­pa­tion is ris­ing as we go live to Wash­ing­ton. Here, on Christ­mas Day, the Pres­i­dent has promised an instant and rad­i­cal solu­tion to the world­wide depres­sion. Barack Obama will lead us all into a new age of prosperity!

Remem­ber this is sup­posed to be a fic­tional reporter but it brings to mind this declar­a­tive state­ment from Mary Kather­ine Ham about Mark Halperin:

WHAT IS THE POINT OF YOU, MARK HALPERIN?

who sup­pos­edly is not.

What is the source of her frus­tra­tion? This inter­view with Laura Ingra­ham sub­bing for Bill O’Reilly where she asks Mr. Halperin this:

For­give me, but I don’t think Time Mag­a­zine was doing cover sto­ries on a lot of con­cerns that were raised back then that were rou­tinely dis­missed by many in the media, ide­o­log­i­cal, as just mean-​spirited, turns out most of the Repub­li­can con­cerns about Oba­macare were right.

and he answers with this:

Laura, there is no doubt that the press failed to scru­ti­nize this pro­gram at the time of pas­sage and dur­ing the con­text of the president’s re-​election. Any reporter who would argue oth­er­wise would be putting their head in the sand. As we write in “Dou­ble Down,” the prob­lem for the Repub­li­cans in the re-​election con­text was you nom­i­nated, Repub­li­cans nom­i­nated Mitt Rom­ney, a guy who was not very well posi­tioned, to say the least, to make the case against Oba­macare because he passed the health­care plan in Massachusetts.

Seri­ously it’s an actual real reporter and say­ing this? Ace Mar­veled at his words:

MKH imme­di­ately points out the incon­ve­nient fact that there was no pres­i­den­tial elec­tion in 2009 to early 2010, when Oba­macare was rammed through the Con­gress, and Mitt Rom­ney was not the nom­i­nee of any­thing yet, except as the first name in Jen Rubin’s Crush Book.

as I did ear­lier con­cern­ing Tom Brokow:

But nei­ther my ques­tion nor Ace’s wist­ful wish:

If only we had some kind of insti­tu­tion whose pri­mary mis­sion it was to scru­ti­nize the claims of politi­cians , con­tact experts, and report the major facts about major new leg­is­la­tion to the public.

can change facts.

Stacy McCain may have seem­ingly had it pegged:

Lib­eral bias is not a mat­ter of unfair­ness, but rather a mat­ter of dis­hon­esty — delib­er­ately ignor­ing some facts, and mis­rep­re­sent­ing other facts, in order to mis­in­form the pub­lic by por­tray­ing to them a polit­i­cally fal­si­fied view of events and personalities.”

Par­tic­u­larly when you hear sto­ries like this:

Fox News’ Ed Henry tweeted the announce­ment: “MSNBC hosts relo­cated to West Wing today: @WeGotEd @Lawrence @ezraklein arrived for appar­ent meet w/​President (Fox’s @TheJuanWilliams too).”

He was refer­ring to a pri­vate chat with Mr. Obama that included Ed Schultz and Lawrence O’Donnell, from MSNBC, Ezra Klein of The Wash­ing­ton Post and Juan Williams, of Fox News.

But to under­stand how far mod­ern jour­nal­ism has fallen the master’s plan in the End of Time illus­trates it best, He oper­ates the device he is cap­tured to repair but he re-​programs it send­ing a pulse through­out the world so the entire human race…becomes a copy of him.

After for­mer Barack Obama, now a copy of the Mas­ter announces that he’s Pres­i­dent of the United states the newly altered press room reacts thus:

[cap­tion id=“attachment_50708” align=“aligncenter” width=“440”]From Doctor Who The End of Time Part 1 From Doc­tor Who The End of Time Part 1[/caption]

and look­ing at that pic­ture five years later and lis­ten­ing to the words of Mr. Halpern and see­ing sto­ries like this:

A left-​liberal magazine’s pub­li­ca­tion of an arti­cle titled “The Repub­li­can War on Com­pe­tence” would have seemed unre­mark­able at just about any point in this columnist’s adult life­time. But this arti­cle, by Jeff Shesol for The New Yorker, was pub­lished yes­ter­day – with a Demo­c­rat in the White House pre­sid­ing for the 51st day over the most stun­ning dis­play of gov­ern­men­tal incom­pe­tence since Pro­hi­bi­tion, maybe since Nero. In that con­text, it’s like a dis­patch from a dif­fer­ent planet.

I can only con­clude that the only dif­fer­ence between the Mas­ter Race in fic­tion and the Reporter race of real­ity are the faces.

Here is the sequence if you want to see it

Update: Cor­rected the time­line on the Nobel Prize

The 11th Doctor: (screwdriver buzzes moving frantically ) It’s all wrong. President Obama taking questions from the press? The press challenging him on issues? The TARDIS taking us to Washington when we are supposed to be in Bermuda…

Rory: You’ve got to admit that last one isn’t unusual.

The Doctor, Obama & the Press Corps, 2012

The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which

George Orwell Animal Farm 1945

The Master:  there is no human race. There is only the Master race.

Doctor Who:  The End of Time Part 1  2009

Four years ago in December of 2009 The End of Time, the last episode of the David Tennant run as Doctor Who came out.  It was released in two parts.

The climax of episode was the fruition of the Master’s plan to take over the world.  It took place at the same time as a press conference where Barack Obama was going to announce a secret plan to solve all the world’s economic problems.  All during the episode before that point people in the story spoke with anticipation of this event.  From the break truck lady:

SarahAnd don’t forget tomorrow night. The Christmas broadcast. President Obama.
Tommo: Oh?
Sarah: He’s promised to end the recession. Bad times will soon be over, Ginger.

To Donna Noble’s Husband to be Shawn

 Here are the presents. I’m sorry, I couldn’t afford much, but not for long, if President Obama ends the recession tonight.

To the self-confident villain Joshua Naismith who was trying to secure eternal life for his daughter:

  But it’s time for the broadcast. The President’s grand initiative. You might want to see this, sir. Proof that the human race can mend it’s own problems.

Oddly enough Russell T. Davies writing actually reflected the real life opinions of many in the world after the Obama victory.  After all less than a year later a few months earlier Obama would win a Nobel Peace Prize for not being George Bush.

But the bit of writing that catches my eye the most also interesting was how they wrote the reaction of the fictional reporter Trinity Wells who opened the presidential press conference with this:

And now, anticipation is rising as we go live to Washington. Here, on Christmas Day, the President has promised an instant and radical solution to the worldwide depression. Barack Obama will lead us all into a new age of prosperity!

Remember this is supposed to be a fictional reporter but it brings to mind this declarative statement from Mary Katherine Ham about Mark Halperin:

WHAT IS THE POINT OF YOU, MARK HALPERIN?

who supposedly is not.

What is the  source of her frustration?  This interview with Laura Ingraham subbing for Bill O’Reilly where she asks Mr. Halperin this:

Forgive me, but I don’t think Time Magazine was doing cover stories on a lot of concerns that were raised back then that were routinely dismissed by many in the media, ideological, as just mean-spirited, turns out most of the Republican concerns about Obamacare were right.

and he answers with this:

Laura, there is no doubt that the press failed to scrutinize this program at the time of passage and during the context of the president’s re-election. Any reporter who would argue otherwise would be putting their head in the sand. As we write in “Double Down,” the problem for the Republicans in the re-election context was you nominated, Republicans nominated Mitt Romney, a guy who was not very well positioned, to say the least, to make the case against Obamacare because he passed the healthcare plan in Massachusetts.

Seriously it’s an actual real reporter and saying this?  Ace Marveled at his words:

MKH immediately points out the inconvenient fact that there was no presidential election in 2009 to early 2010, when Obamacare was rammed through the Congress, and Mitt Romney was not the nominee of anything yet, except as the first name in Jen Rubin’s Crush Book.

as I did earlier concerning Tom Brokow:

But neither my question nor Ace’s wistful wish:

If only we had some kind of institution whose primary mission it was to scrutinize the claims of politicians , contact experts, and report the major facts about major new legislation to the public.

can change facts.

Stacy McCain may have seemingly had it pegged:

“Liberal bias is not a matter of unfairness, but rather a matter of dishonesty — deliberately ignoring some facts, and misrepresenting other facts, in order to misinform the public by portraying to them a politically falsified view of events and personalities.”

Particularly when you hear stories like this:

Fox News’ Ed Henry tweeted the announcement: “MSNBC hosts relocated to West Wing today: @WeGotEd @Lawrence @ezraklein arrived for apparent meet w/President (Fox’s @TheJuanWilliams too).”

He was referring to a private chat with Mr. Obama that included Ed Schultz and Lawrence O’Donnell, from MSNBC, Ezra Klein of The Washington Post and Juan Williams, of Fox News.

But to understand how far modern journalism has fallen the master’s plan in the End of Time illustrates it best, He operates the device he is captured to repair but he re-programs it sending a pulse throughout the world so the entire human race…becomes a copy of him.

After former Barack Obama, now a copy of the Master announces that he’s President of the United states the newly altered press room reacts thus:

From Doctor Who The End of Time Part 1
From Doctor Who The End of Time Part 1

and looking at that picture five years later and listening to the words of Mr. Halpern and seeing stories like this:

A left-liberal magazine’s publication of an article titled “The Republican War on Competence” would have seemed unremarkable at just about any point in this columnist’s adult lifetime. But this article, by Jeff Shesol for The New Yorker, was published yesterday–with a Democrat in the White House presiding for the 51st day over the most stunning display of governmental incompetence since Prohibition, maybe since Nero. In that context, it’s like a dispatch from a different planet.

I can only conclude that the only difference between the Master Race in fiction and the Reporter race of reality are the faces.

Here is the sequence if you want to see it

Update: Corrected the timeline on the Nobel Prize