If you happen to be among the minority of Americans who consider Fox News a credible source of information, then you probably also believe that President Obama and the lamestream media are as thick as thieves.
To your mind, there's no other way to explain the fourth estate's failure to properly vet Obama during the 2008 and 2012 campaigns, or their eagerness to help him orchestrate a massive cover-up concerning Benghazi on his way to becoming a three-term president.
Watching the daily press briefings, you can practically hear a porn soundtrack (bow-chicka-wow-wow) playing in the background as the White House correspondents all but fellate administration apparatchik Jay Carney.
None of this is really your fault, though.
Meet the Press: Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D); Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R); Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood; Roundtable: Former Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. (D-TN), Peggy Noonan (Wall Street Journal), Steve Inskeep (NPR), Maria Bartiromo (CNBC) and Jim Cramer (CNBC).Evening lineup:
Face the Nation: Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH); Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA); Education Secretary Arne Duncan; Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D); Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R); Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R); Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D); Mental Health Roundtable: Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), Michael Fitzpatrick (National Alliance on Mental Illness), Tim Winters (Parents Television Council), Former FBI Profiler Mary Ellen O'Toole and Texas A&M International University Prof. Chris Ferguson; Sequestration Roundtable: Nancy Cook (National Journal), Scott Wilson (Washington Post) and John Dickerson (CBS News).
This Week: Roundtable 1: George Will (Washington Post), Christiane Amanpour, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY); Roundtable 2: George Will, Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile, Steven Brill (TIME), Former Car Czar Steven Rattner and Kimberley Strassel (Wall Street Journal).
Fox News Sunday: Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO); Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK); Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D); Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R); Roundtable: Bill Kristol (Weekly Standard), Mara Liasson (R), Republican Strategist Nick Ayers and Former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN).
State of the Union: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT); Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D); Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R); Gwen Ifill (PBS); Jackie Calmes (New York Times); Reliable Sources: David Zurawik (Baltimore Sun); Bill Plante (CBS News); Julie Mason (Sirius/XM); Former Romney Campaign Senior Strategist Stuart Stevens; Ann Hornaday (Washington Post).
The Chris Matthews Show: Howard Fineman (Huffington Post); Katty Kay (BBC); Kelly O'Donnell (NBC News); Errol Louis (NY1).
Fareed Zakaria GPS: Reuel Marc Gerecht (Weekly Standard); Richard Haass (Council on Foreign Relations); Former Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA); Former NSA Director Gen. Michael Hayden; Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson; Karim Sadjadpour (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace); Author Hooman Majd.
Up with Chris Hayes: David Sanger (New York Times); Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs; Neera Tanden (Center for American Progress); Author Michael Hastings; Ana Marie Cox (The Guardian); University of Glasgow Prof. Brandon Valeriano; Steve Ellis (Taxpayers for Common Sense); Phyllis Bennis (Institute for Policy Studies); University of Missouri-Kansas City Prof. Bill Black; Oscar Joyner (Reach Media); Kimberly Peretti (Alston’s White Collar Crime Group).
60 Minutes will feature: a first-hand account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden from one of the Navy SEALS who took part (preview).
On Comedy Central...
Jon Stewart analyzed the amazing dash cam footage coming out of Russia.
Monday: Actor Donnie Wahlberg
Tuesday: Directors Lori Silverbush & Kristi Jacobson
Wednesday: Filmmaker R.J. Cutler
Thursday: Rachel Maddow (MSNBC)
And Stephen Colbert wondered which other terrorist groups Chuck Hagel has befriended.
Monday: Author Simon Garfield
Tuesday: Director of the National Institutes of Health Dr. Francis Collins
Wednesday: Museum of Modern Art Curator Paola Antonelli
Thursday: Director of Speechwriting for President Obama Jon Favreau
Fox News contributor Lisa Daftari warned viewers about Al-Jazeera America's nefarious intent.
"The point is they want to differentiate themselves from their sister network, but at the same time, it's the same thing. They're having the same type of coverage. They're apparently expanding to eight cities, including Detroit, Michigan. Detroit, Michigan is a large ex-pat community of Muslim-Americans and sleeper cells have been detected. You can Google this, you can find out all this information. So if you're trying to set yourself apart the Qatari petro-dollars are backing this, you’re still developing in this area where the sleeper cells have been detected. They're going to have do do much more to prove to me that they're different from their sister network."
Cruz greeted the audience jovially, but soon launched an impassioned attack on President Obama, whom he described as "the most radical" President "ever to occupy the Oval Office." (I was covering the conference and kept the notes.)
He then went on to assert that Obama, who attended Harvard Law School four years ahead of him, "would have made a perfect president of Harvard Law School." The reason, said Cruz, was that, "There were fewer declared Republicans in the faculty when we were there than Communists! There was one Republican. But there were twelve who would say they were Marxists who believed in the Communists overthrowing the United States government."
And, speaking of McCarthyism...
World Net Daily wonders when Joe will finally get the recognition he deserves.
No matter how much evidence vindicating the late Sen. Joe McCarthy comes out, what we call McCarthyism remains anathema in American life. Simply to utter the word is to deep-freeze debate, even thought itself. Even as we learn about the history-changing extent to which American traitors working for the Kremlin penetrated and subverted the U.S. government (including many individuals investigated by McCarthy), the unsupportable fact remains that nothing in American public life is worse than to be compared to the man best-known for his uncompromising fight against the secret, massive assault on our nation. When will we realize it's time to make amends and honor his memory?
The truth is out there. Way, way out there.