A brief history lesson:
During the 1992 Presidential campaign, it was well known that Bill Clinton had a number of embarrassing skeletons in his closet, particularly his affinity for young, attractive women, and his secret involvement in both the Madison Guarantee Savings And Loan and the Whitewater Development Corporation.
Outside of a few obligatory stories published to dispel rumors that the press was completely in the tank for Bill Clinton, the mainstream media largely disregarded these as non-newsworthy items, choosing instead to pick apart George H. W. Bush.
But during the eight years that followed, Bill Clinton was continually dogged by the fallout from the Whitewater investigation. And the Paula Jones lawsuit, which eventually morphed into the Monica Lewinsky investigation, almost destroyed his Presidency.
Fast forward to today.
During the 2008 Presidential campaign, it was well known that Barack Obama had a number of embarrassing skeletons in his closet, particularly the close rapport between Obama and crooked Chicago slumlord Tony Rezko, and Obama's cozy relationship with the Chicago Democratic Party political machine, perhaps the most corrupt organization in America, with only the possible exception of the Louisiana Democratic Party political machine.
The mainstream press published several interesting investigative pieces a year or so before Obama became the Democratic party nominee, but saw no need to keep that information above the page fold during the final months of the campaign. Instead, they chose to destroy Sarah Palin. And Obama's minions actively fought to silence anyone who sought to publish information about the connections between Obama and Bill Ayres.
Now, the Chicago Political Machine appears to be imploding. And there's also that pesky problem of campaign donation fraud that the mainstream press had previously found totally uninteresting.
Will Barack Obama, like Bill Clinton, be forced to endure four or eight years of embarrassing criminal investigations because the press failed to do their job and fully delve into his past?
Right now, it doesn't look good for Obama. Lord, forgive our press, for they did not tell us what they knew.
- Michael Laprarie