White House can’t stop crying about all the bad press it gets

posted at 6:11 pm on October 8, 2009 by Allahpundit

Fun stuff, especially coming hot on the heels of Axelrod’s fine whine to Roger Ailes. Incredible though it may seem, we may be nearing the point where the White House starts blaming Obama’s political failures on … a biased media.

All the criticism, both fair and misleading, took a toll, regularly knocking the White House off message. So a new White House strategy has emerged: rather than just giving reporters ammunition to “fact-check” Obama’s many critics, the White House decided it would become a player, issuing biting attacks on those pundits, politicians and outlets that make what the White House believes to be misleading or simply false claims, like the assertion that health-care reform would establish new “sex clinics” in schools. Obama, fresh from his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, cheered on the effort, telling his aides he wanted to “call ‘em out.”

The take-no-prisoners turn has come as a surprise to some in the press, considering the largely favorable coverage that candidate Obama received last fall and given the President’s vows to lower the rhetorical temperature in Washington and not pay attention to cable hyperbole. Instead, the White House blog now issues regular denunciations of the Administration’s critics, including a recent post that announced “Fox lies” and suggested that the cable network was unpatriotic for criticizing Obama’s 2016 Olympics effort…

The general in this war is Dunn, 51, a veteran campaign strategist who arrived at the White House in May. She has been a force in Democratic campaigns since the late 1980s and helmed Obama’s rapid-response operation during his run. At the White House, she has become a devoted consumer of conservative-media reports and a fierce critic of Fox News, leading the Administration’s effort to block officials, including Obama, from appearing on the network. “It’s opinion journalism masquerading as news,” Dunn says. “They are boosting their audience. But that doesn’t mean we are going to sit back.”

This comes on the very day that the new Quinnipiac bombshell finding voters still oppose ObamaCare, 40/47, was headlined this way by the AP: “Voters Back Obama Over Republicans on Health Care, Poll Finds.” I linked this a few months ago when it first came out, but given all the whining from the White House lately about the media, it pays to re-read Vanity Fair’s piece from July about just how excruciatingly cozy the relationship between them is. Why Axelrod and Emanuel feel the need to take shots at Glenn Beck via the White House blog when they’ve got major newspapers eager to play stenographer for them is beyond me. Exit quotation: “They have been handed a most remarkable historical moment—in which they get to remake the media in their own image. They have the power and they are the subject. These people in this White House are in greater control of the media than any administration before them.”


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It’s not the color of his skin. It’s the thickness of it.

This guy is so sensitive he probably uses Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo.

“It’s in my eyes Michelle! It’s in my eye!!”-Barry

portlandon on October 8, 2009 at 6:15 PM

OMG, funniest thing Ive seen all day,best part is I can SOOOO see it! thanx!

NY Conservative on October 8, 2009 at 7:24 PM

Aren’t the media supposed to be the vaunted 4th estate

clearbluesky on October 8, 2009 at 6:45 PM

No… somewhere along the line they switched from being the 4th Estate to the 5th Column.

malclave on October 8, 2009 at 7:25 PM

It’s time to put the kid gloves down and start kicking the marxist in the balls.

BottomLine5 on October 8, 2009 at 7:26 PM

Suck it up sissy boys!

capejasmine on October 8, 2009 at 7:29 PM

…and this little piggy went wee wee all the way home….

right2bright on October 8, 2009 at 7:33 PM

One thing is very evident and that is they will never blame him for the disaster he has created.He is their sugar-daddy.

ohiobabe on October 8, 2009 at 7:38 PM

Instead of handing out lab coats to doctors, maybe they should have handed out binkies to WH staff.

malclave on October 8, 2009 at 6:22 PM

LOL, now, i want to send the Obama admin binkies. I never thought i would see this much whining from a president in my life. He really has demeaned the presidency

kathleen on October 8, 2009 at 7:40 PM

Yeah, CNN “fact-checking” a negative SNL skit is REALLY tough there.

Now be a big boy and eat your greens! arugula

omnipotent on October 8, 2009 at 6:51 PM

FIFY

kathleen on October 8, 2009 at 7:43 PM

What a little bitch.

RedNewEnglander on October 8, 2009 at 7:44 PM

they can’t stay above the fray…what a bunch of maroons…

they just lower the respect of the office…very sad

cmsinaz on October 8, 2009 at 7:46 PM

You know who Barack Obama is? He’s the guy in the pick-up basketball game who is crying “foul” every other play. If you drive by him and he feels your breeze, “foul.” When he is late setting a pick and gets run over, “foul.” You steal the ball and brush his finger, “foul.”

Instead of “it isn’t a foul unless there is blood,” Obama’s rule is “you touched me, foul!”

Mallard T. Drake on October 8, 2009 at 6:56 PM

Great analogy! I know that guy. Ruins every game he plays in! You just want to b!tch slap him every time he opens his mouth.

Gang-of-One on October 8, 2009 at 7:51 PM

Sadly, this is all Obama and friends know how to do. These are community organizer tactics, not the tactics of a leader or one with executive experience. Rather than learn the job or grow into the job, Obama is reverting back to the plays he knows.

He is in so far over his head that he thinks he’s on top of things. He seems to lack the ability to perceive the depth of the responsibility of the job he campaigned for.

Mallard T. Drake on October 8, 2009 at 7:52 PM

Maybe some fine psychiatrists out there have a test future candidates can take that measures their “thought” and “comprehension” age. We might come closer to a 35 or 40 year old versus a 3 year old.

An adult would realize that going on Fox might benefit them. A child takes their toys, calls you a name, and pees on themselves.

BRING. IT. ON.

Yellowdog12 on October 8, 2009 at 7:52 PM

Someone needs to send Axelrod some cheese to go with his whine. Chris Wallace is right. The Democrats have become the biggest bunch of crybabies EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hamradio on October 8, 2009 at 7:57 PM

WWaaaaaaaahhhhaaaaa: Cry me a river; I promise I’ll name it after YOU!

Cybergeezer on October 8, 2009 at 8:04 PM

Why Axelrod and Emanuel feel the need to take shots at Glenn Beck via the White House blog when they’ve got major newspapers eager to play stenographer for them is beyond me.

Oh, that’s easy. If your entire life was spent hearing how wonderful and unique you were and how everyone loved you, then you reached your dream job and suddenly everyone treats you like you’re nothing special, just another administration, subject to the same press as Bush or Clinton or Reagan or Carter, not recognized for your uniqueness, aren’t you going to be a little ticked off? Isn’t it going to feel all just a little bit unfair? “Doesn’t the press see that my administration is special? Why don’t they love me like they did on election day?!?”

calbear on October 8, 2009 at 8:23 PM

Mean spirited=failing to help revolutionary socialists carry looted crystal and silverware to the curb.

R Square on October 8, 2009 at 8:25 PM

The writer who did the “Obama is a Beta Male” piece on American Thinker was 110% correct. What an absolute wuss, does he have to wear rubber pants to bed?

citrus on October 8, 2009 at 8:37 PM

The media hated Bush and he never bitched about it. The media has never loved anyone more than Obama and he never stops bitching about it.

RightWinged on October 8, 2009 at 6:16 PM

This post reminds me why we need some kind of permanent “I miss W” thread…

GW Bush knew that the job involved taking principled, if unpopular, stands, and that he would have to take some hits for it.

massrighty on October 8, 2009 at 8:48 PM

The media hated Bush and he never bitched about it. The media has never loved anyone more than Obama and he never stops bitching about it.

RightWinged on October 8, 2009 at 6:16 PM

This post reminds me (again) why we need an “I miss W.” thread.

GW Bush knew that criticism (both fair and unjust) came with the job; and he never once complained about it.

massrighty on October 8, 2009 at 8:51 PM

comment blocked?

massrighty on October 8, 2009 at 8:55 PM

And if Fox were shut down, lock and key, and the internet and radio were regulated into quiescence, who would complain?

Clear, contain, hold. If the Obama WH were to apply their media strategy to the AfPak theater, we might be winning there.

spmat on October 8, 2009 at 8:55 PM

The media hated Bush and he never bixtched about it. The media has never loved anyone more than Obama and he never stops bixtching about it.

RightWinged on October 8, 2009 at 6:16 PM

I miss W.

massrighty on October 8, 2009 at 8:56 PM

He’s such a wuss. He’s so beta he probably uses Tag body spray.

The media hates on Palin and she merely asks them to quit making stuff up.

The media does his bidding and he bitches and moans.

Why doesn’t Michelle dump him and get herself a man?

Sapwolf on October 8, 2009 at 8:56 PM

Somebody here gave me the mental image of “Barack the Cat Burglar”;
Thanks, bud!
EVERYBODY KNOWS HE’S STEALING SOMETHING

Cybergeezer on October 8, 2009 at 8:57 PM

He’s such a wuss. He’s so beta he probably uses Tag body spray.

The media hates on Palin and she merely asks them to quit making stuff up.

The media does his bidding and he bi*ches and moans.

Why doesn’t Michelle dump him and get herself a man?

Sapwolf on October 8, 2009 at 9:00 PM

COMMENT BLOCKED? Matthews/Olbermann ARE YOU LOGGED IN ?

Cybergeezer on October 8, 2009 at 9:01 PM

Obama is using Chicago tactics to run his administration.

One size fits all.

The analogy:

Runs the ball EVERY play and complains when the other team plays 5 linebackers and only 2 DB’s.

Sarah is gonna clobber this guy in 2012.

Sapwolf on October 8, 2009 at 9:04 PM

Cybergeezer on October 8, 2009 at 9:01 PM

I had tried two versions of a comment – both never showed up.

“Comment blocked” was just slightly less lame than typing “Test” to see if any comment was a problem.

I changed a couple of words; the post was fine.

massrighty on October 8, 2009 at 9:13 PM

Talk about a bunch of Nancy boys. You notice how Time doesn’t write about distortions and defense of Obama from the press themselves. Remember the reporting about the change in Presidents in Honduras as a coup, just like the State Dept said. There isn’t enough cheese in Wisconsin to go with that whine.

gitarfan on October 8, 2009 at 10:03 PM

massrighty on October 8, 2009 at 8:48 PM

massrighty on October 8, 2009 at 8:51 PM

massrighty on October 8, 2009 at 8:56 PM

I miss Bush too…We need a bumper sticker…

lovingmyUSA on October 8, 2009 at 10:21 PM

Narcissistic Personality Disorder – constant adulation just can’t be enough for someone who is incapable of seeing fault in themselves.

Merovign on October 9, 2009 at 12:02 AM

What ‘bad press’? According to them nobody really watches Fox News except for what they would call bible-thumpers, racists and teabaggers.

As for the rest of the MSM, you can only ignore disasters/the 400 pound gorilla for only so long.

Dr. ZhivBlago on October 9, 2009 at 12:45 AM

All I can say is -the leftists are truly nuckin’ futs.

DDT on October 9, 2009 at 2:35 AM

How bout we mail them 10k pacifiers?

http://www.personalizedpacifiers.com/

The pacifiers could have “Fox Lies” printed on them.

DSchoen on October 9, 2009 at 2:36 PM

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