William Rivers Pitt searches for "the appropriate and necessary level of angst and fury" over the TSA's gate-rape regime at America's airports, and notes the collusion between "the leading voices of outrage over this issue" (Charles Krauthammer, Glenn Beck, and Mike Huckabee, among others) and "a 'mainstream' media that continues to push messages that auger inexorably toward the claim that the 'Tea Party' is right about everything even remotely related to government:"
That is not the kind of company I like to keep, and it gives me great pause about jumping on the TSA-outrage bandwagon. I mean, sure, I have a busted watch at home that's right twice a day, so it's possible these far-right mouthpieces may have stumbled onto some truth for a change. But the fact that the attacks against Obama and the TSA happen to be coming from the same people who have made a cottage industry out of claiming Obama is a secret terrorist who wants to bring Sharia law to America, yet who are now saying he has gone too far in defending the nation from terrorism, even in the face of credible threats to the airline industry, leads me to suspect there is a different game afoot. [...]
Bank on this: if the year was 2002, and President Bush declared these TSA measures to be absolutely necessary to the security of the nation, the same right-bent people currently screaming about the heavy-handed Obama TSA policy would be defending those exact same policies to the teeth, with the "mainstream" media right with them all the way down the party line. For the right, this is opposition simply for the sake of opposition itself, and thanks to the media, they have once again managed to shoehorn another "Government sucks" screaming match to the forefront of the national conversation.
It's rather depressing, in a predictable sort of way...