Two words: Barack Obama.
On Thursday, The New York Times ran a puff piece on White House National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, the man in charge of selling the horrific Iran nuclear deal to the public and the Congress. Rhodes, whom the Times characterizes as an “aspiring novelist” who ended up running Barack Obama’s foreign policy, brags openly about manipulating the press to lie for the administration. He spins fiction for the left.
The Times notes, “His lack of conventional real-world experience of the kind that normally precedes responsibility for the fate of nations — like military or diplomatic service, or even a master’s degree in international relations, rather than creative writing — is still startling.”
But why should it be? Creative fiction is the name of the game in the Obama administration.
As the Times states:
Watching Rhodes work, I remember that he is still, chiefly, a writer, who is using a new set of tools – along with the traditional arts of narrative and spin – to create stories of great consequence on the biggest page imaginable…When I asked Jon Favreau, Obama’s lead speechwriter in the 2008 campaign, and a close friend of Rhodes’s, whether he or Rhodes or the president had ever thought of their individual speeches and bits of policy making as part of some larger restructuring of the American narrative, he replied, ‘We saw that as our entire job.’