Hiding In Plain Sight

One of the classics of American literature is the short story “The Purloined Letter” by Edgar Allan Poe.

Alone together, the narrator asks Dupin how he found the letter. Dupin explains the Paris police are competent within their limitations, but have underestimated who they are dealing with. The Prefect mistakes the Minister D— for a fool because he is a poet. For example, Dupin explains how an eight-year old boy made a small fortune from his friends at a game called “Odds and Evens.” The boy was able to determine the intelligence of his opponents and play upon that to interpret their next move. He explains that D— knew the police detectives would have assumed that the blackmailer would have concealed the letter in an elaborate hiding place, and thus hid it in plain sight.

In reading a lot of different blogs on both sides of the political spectrum, statements from various politicians, and “analysis” from various pundits, I think they should all read it. Why?

There’s been a lot of complaining recently about “secrecy” in this Administration, complaining about “lack of information,” as well as whines about the President’s “failure” to be as transparent as they think he should be. The problem? Most of the time the information is right out there in public, readily available. All they need to do is look!

In a previous posting I quoted a perfect example:

Murphy’s initial view was that to unlock GOP votes for a budget deal, Obama just needed to endorse chained CPI and more means-testing in Medicare. Then it was pointed out that Obama has endorsed means-testing in Medicare, so Murphy wondered why he didn’t endorse chained CPI as part of a deal. Then it was pointed out that Obama did endorse chained CPI,

How did Ezra Klein know that? Well, it was all right there on the White House web page, along with transcripts of press conferences, speeches, and policy statements. There’s a web site that enables you to search various government agencies for information about them or search other data.  In other words, all the information has been out there, right in plain sight, but it wasn’t being looked at.

It’s not just the Right that has this problem, it’s also the Left.  Listen to them talk about how he “failed” to do something he supposedly promised in his campaign, and it turns out that … he didn’t.  How would I know that?  I read his platform.  Depressingly more than a few times, I’ve seen them hyperventilate over some comment or proposal, and it turns out that reading the actual statement, proposal, policy statement, regulation, or law, it turns out to be not quite what they said, or even the exact opposite of what they’re worried about.

They prefer to complain, they like to say that “if only” the President would “reach out” or “communicate better,” at least when they’re not calling for him to use the “bully pulpit,” various actions would happen.   They’ll talk about “lack of transparency” while pontificating on some issue.   What it really means is that they can’t be bothered to look.  Yes, the Administration is hiding all sorts of things.   Their “secret?”  They’re hiding it in plain sight.



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12 responses to “Hiding In Plain Sight

  1. Dancer

    Not for nothing but I’ve been harping on this same thing since Obama was elected. You only have to listen to him when he speaks and read what is posted and research what isn’t…but way too many in media and public will not be bothered. You have presented it eloquently and I just so wish it mattered!

    • What strikes me is that so many supposed pundits and news reporters can’t seem to find it. One would think that’s … their job. A lot of media time and print has been spent bemoaning Americans’ lack of knowledge, but really, if we have to spoon-feed the people who are supposed to inform them, it’s too late.

  2. Dancer

    PS…so glad you are back…you were missed.

  3. Vic78

    To me it’s a sign of some game playing. They aren’t serious about doing any real journalism. What really irked me was when they saw fit to talk to Andrew Breitbart after he was proven wrong. I wish they spent more time explaining stuff instead of talking about Clinton’s prospects for 2016. That means they’d have to read web sites and explain obstruction.

    What would really make me happy s if they laughed Charles Murray into obscurity.

    • What I found astonishing was that various members of Congress were, and I quote, “not aware” that the President had said something in favor, or proposed a policy long ago that was in line with what they had been pontificating in all the media about. While I could understand missing something here and there, one would think that their staff would at least brief them before said Congresscritter went out and made a boob of themselves. At least, more than usual.

    • aquagranny911

      Of course it is game playing & a sick, twisted, profit driven game at that.

  4. aquagranny911

    Hola Norbrook! When I saw the title of this post I thought you were talking about your good self, lol.

    It never has ceased to amaze me how ignorant & uninformed our press has become. If I can find the gov web sites & master the google, it’s not exactly nuclear physics. I actually fault them more than the politicians for nor doing due diligence & calling the goatfiggers out.

    Sadly, too many of our elected officials are sufficiently brain dead or enjoy playing dumb about what bills & PBO actually say.
    Making “boobs” of themselves seems like a well-loved pass time among some in Congress.

    • Well, I’ve been called “spooky,” for my ability to just seemingly appear out of nowhere. 😉 😆

      I place a lot of the decline of the press on the decision to focus on “infotainment” rather than hard news. That’s why I end up reading sites like the BBC or Al Jazeera, mainly because they’re still reporting actual news.

    • nathkatun7

      “It never has ceased to amaze me how ignorant & uninformed our press has become.”

      I think we’ve all missed the paradigm shift in the U.S. media. The media, but especially 24-7 electronic media, are not interested boring factual information. What interests them are sensational stories that they can hype for a couple of days. They count on the fact that even if they get the details wrong the American people are either so pre-occupied with other things, or they have such short memories. This is why blogs like this one are so valuable. The sad thing, of course, is that the majority of Americans still rely on MSM media for information; or is it misinformation?

  5. see above

    Along with the inability to ask follow-up questions or call someone out when they outright lie for fear they may not get “the stars or very smart (?) people” on their show the next time.

    • My own opinion, based on observation, is that it’s not just fear they may not get that guest again. It’s that they’re not listening to the person, so they’re not thinking of follow-up questions, and that they have no idea of what the person is talking about in the first place. 🙄