Charles Krauthammer begs the question of media manipulation:
Why are Republicans allowing the entire debate to be about taxes, and about the war among Republicans over holding a line on the Norquist pledge or not, when what Obama is proposing on raising the rates on the 2% is a triviality? It will reduce the deficit from $1.10 trillion to $1.02 trillion, eight cents on the dollar. It is nothing, it's lunch money, it's a rounding error. And yet that's all the debate that we're hearing.
Obama understands this. He's not trying to fix our fiscal issues and problems, he's trying to destroy the Republicans by insisting that there is a split among the Republicans on this issue which has held them together, the same way it destroyed President Bush Sr. when he went back on the pledge he made. This is a political attack on Republicans. There is no evidence right now that he has any interest in the real fiscal issue, because he would have to talk about spending and entitlements and he isn't.
From where I sit, it seems Republicans have no influence whatsoever over the content of national debate. The subject of any and all public debate appears predetermined by the White House and duly propagated by the Obama loyalists who constitute the so-called MainStreamMedia. This MSM is utterly untrustworthy, sordid, morally ignoble if you will, in its dedication to diverting if not entirely thwarting the free flow of ideas and any conversation thereof.
This presents a terribly grave threat to American liberty and even after a decade-long encounter of it, I still have no clue as to what could be done to remedy the situation ... other than perhaps to ignore it and hope it will go away.