Daniel Greenfield: The Obama Era is Over-Authorship Confirmed!
Summary of eRumor:
Daniel Greenfield penned a column headlined, “The Obama Era is Over,” that was published on November 9, 2016, the day after President-elect Donald Trump’s victory.
Daniel Greenfield’s “The Obama Era is Over” column appeared at Frontpage Magazine, which is published by a conservative think tank, on November 9, 2016.
Daniel Greenfield argues in the column that President-elect Donald Trump’s election signaled a repudiation of Obama’s legacy and liberal agenda, which “ended not with a bang, but with a whimper,” when Trump was elected:
The tidal force of demographics had made the old America irrelevant. Any progressive policy agenda was now possible because we were no longer America. We Were Obamerica. A hip, happening place full of smiling gay couples, Muslim women in hijabs and transgender actors. We were all going to live in a New York City coffee house and work at Green Jobs and live in the post-national future.
The past was gone. We were falling into the gorgeous wonderful future of dot com instant deliveries and outsourced everything. We would become more tolerant and guilty. The future was Amazon and Disney. It was hot and cold running social justice. The Bill of Rights was done. Ending the First and Second Amendments was just a clever campaign away. Narratives on news sites drove everything.
Greenfield goes on in “The Obama Era is Over” to compare Obama’s presidency to those of Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s surprise defeat in the 2016 election:
It would have been bad enough if Jeb Bush had succeeded Obama. That would have been inconvenient, but not a repudiation. Instead Obama’s legacy was dashed to pieces. His frantic efforts to campaign for Hillary did no good. The public did not vocally reject him. What they did was in its own way even worse. They brushed past him. They sidelined him. They gave him passable approval ratings while dismissing his biggest accomplishments. They forgot him. They made it clear that he did not matter.
And that is in its own way far more brutal and wounding. They didn’t just destroy the Obama era. Instead they dismissed it as if it never existed.
“The Obama Era is Over” column has been shared thousands of times on social media sites, and its been posted on discussion boards and circulated in emails countless more times. In the process, the column has been attributed to Israel Today — but there’s no trace of it in Israel Today’s online archive.
Also, it doesn’t appear that Daniel Greenfield has published anything at Israel Today.
Rather, Greenfield’s work appears regularly at Frontpage Magazine, a publication of the David Horowitz Freedom Center for Political Warfare. The stated goal of the conservative think tank is to “geared to fight a war” against progressives:
The David Horowitz Freedom Center is unique among conservative think tanks whose emphasis is on public policy and institutional reform in that it sees its role as that of a battle tank, geared to fight a war that many still don’t recognize. For 27 years, since its founding in 1988, the Center has been warning that the political left has declared war on America and its constitutional system, and is willing to collaborate with America’s enemies abroad and criminals at home to bring America down. For most of those years the Center was a voice crying in the wilderness with few willing to recognize the threat from the enemy within, a fifth column force that was steadily expanding its influence within the Democratic Party. With the election of a lifetime radical to the White House in 2008, the perceptions of conservatives began to change. But the Center remains unique as an organization dedicated to the war and to developing strategies to win it.
So, Daniel Greenfield’s “The Obama Era is Over” column was published by Frontpage Magazine on November 9, 2016. In some instances the column has been misattributed to Israel Today.