ABC’s Jake Tapper: Obama “disses White House press corps” with People, ET interviews

posted at 12:01 pm on August 16, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

I wrote about this earlier, when Joe Scarborough and his panel made fun of Barack Obama’s lack of intestinal fortitude with the White House press corps.  ABC’s Jake Tapper and Mary Bruce aren’t laughing.  In a detailed account of Obama’s distance from reporters on the White House beat, Tapper says that his interviews with entertainment reporters from People and Entertainment Tonight “disses” White House correspondents:

President Obama hasn’t formally taken questions from the White House press corps in more than two months, while on the campaign trail in Iowa yesterday he made time for reporters from People Magazine and Entertainment Tonight.

His last news conference was at the G20 in June, when he answered six questions from three reporters on the European debt crisis, the conflict in Syria, and the notion of politics stopping at the water’s edge.

The White House press corps has not formally been given the opportunity to ask questions of the president on U.S. soil since his appearance in the Briefing Room on June 8 (when he said “the private sector is doing fine.“)

His last formal White House news conference was on March 6.

Tapper asked Jay Carney when Obama plans to get around to talking with reporters from actual news agencies.  Carney’s answer?  “I don’t have any scheduling announcements to make.”

Actually, I’m mystified by the distance that Obama has put between himself and the White House press corps.  They’ve treated Obama with a lot more deference than George W. Bush got.  Even the tough questions don’t usually get follow-ups, and Obama has more or less mastered the art of filibustering to limit the number of questions asked at these events.  Why not do more press avails and pressers?  Why not arrange an interview with at least a more sympathetic member of the non-entertainment media, such as Brian Williams of NBC, if not a member of the press corps?

It seems like an odd time to antagonize the media closest to the White House — and if Jake Tapper is a measure of the resentment building within the briefing room, the incumbent struggling to make a case for a second term might find more skepticism for those arguments than ever.

Update: Maybe Obama’s afraid of questions like this:

Ouch.


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That’s a shame; but you’ll still cover for him. So it doesn’t really matter, does it?

lorien1973 on August 16, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Press Corpse.

8thAirForce on August 16, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Hell hath no fury like a Praetorian Guard scorned.

Mr. D on August 16, 2012 at 12:04 PM

They will never the Light Bringer…this love affair is for life.

d1carter on August 16, 2012 at 12:05 PM

the incumbent struggling to make a case for a second term might find more skepticism for those arguments than ever.

I cannot say that I feel sorry for the press corpse’s……

They are as much to blame as Obama being President than all the libs
from the 57 states.

redguy on August 16, 2012 at 12:05 PM

let’s see Karadishian Preezy

r keller on August 16, 2012 at 12:06 PM

That’s okay. It just leaves more time to report on stories like conservative institutions getting shot up by liberals. Oh wait…

joekenha on August 16, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Obama isn’t going to take questions again as President I suspect. They are even trying to manipulate the debates to make sure that Hussein gets nothing harder than “how awesomely awesome is it to be you?” type fluff.

wildcat72 on August 16, 2012 at 12:06 PM

“I’ll have time to answer all of your questions after the election.”

-Barky

The Count on August 16, 2012 at 12:06 PM

They let him get away with it. If they made an issue of it in their columns he would have to do something about it. But they are the treasonous lap dog media and they will wag their tails even when he doesn’t pet them.

magicbeans on August 16, 2012 at 12:07 PM

d1carter on August 16, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Sorry, s/b They will never “leave”…

d1carter on August 16, 2012 at 12:07 PM

All will be forgiven when he comes out with his “big announcement.” Then they’ll be off to the races!

Rational Thought on August 16, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Sorry, Jack, when the privileged press stops groveling before The One and starts breaking serious stories like the National Enquirer, it might earn some respect. Though never from Obama, of course.

de rigueur on August 16, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Y’all could unchain yourself from the Prez and do a little vetting to return the favor, but I don’t see that happening so quit your whining and get back on the plantation where you belong.

tims472 on August 16, 2012 at 12:08 PM

The plaintive bleating and whining notwithstanding, the White House Press Corps will still be tasting the sour tang of Obama’s boot-polish for the rest of their lives.

potkas7 on August 16, 2012 at 12:08 PM

While on the campaign trail in Iowa yesterday he made time for reporters from People Magazine and Entertainment Tonight.

Is this surprising?

After all he’s Barack Hussein Kardashian….

Chip on August 16, 2012 at 12:08 PM

He knows what he’s doing. He needs to reach the idiots who read and watch these outlets – gotta engage the prolefeed.

/1984 reference

Red Cloud on August 16, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Why not do more press avails and pressers?
Maybe it has something to do with that O is about as bright as Biden, and he looks like a lost doofus without the teleprompter. “You know if you have a small business, you didn’t build that. Someone else… made that happen.”

anotherJoe on August 16, 2012 at 12:09 PM

How do you “antagonize” a kept mistress?

SKYFOX on August 16, 2012 at 12:09 PM

joekenha on August 16, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Thread winner.

mrsknightley on August 16, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Press Corpse.

8thAirForce on August 16, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Thread-winner!

Rovin on August 16, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Hussein Ogabe giving interviews to ET and People. What’s next – Mooch posing for Playboy Centerfold?

PS: Yes, I sell mental bleach.

Archivarix on August 16, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Actually, I’m mystified by the distance that Obama has put between himself and the White House press corps.

Ahhhh Ed, there is not one REAL question that the SCOAMF can answer truthfully…it’s a minefield. It is his ONLY path…think of his actions over the past few months and you try and develop a reasonable explanation…Cannot. Be. Done.

winston on August 16, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Actually, I’m mystified by the distance that Obama has put between himself and the White House press corps.

Because The Won is a panty-waist wimp wrapped in a gigantic fragile mega-ego. He can’t handle the slightest hint of push back.

peski on August 16, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Rx2 needs to start the dialogue–”We hear the White House press corps team has plenty of time as the Pres has chosen not to take questions regarding his record. However, we are ready to sit down with them Day 1″.

hillsoftx on August 16, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Obama is a Degenerate in Chief, in all regards.

He has shredded the last semblance of decency in the USA, including in the WH.

He owns Biden, DWS, Reid, Pelosi et all.

On topic, this is Mr. ‘Transparency’, heh!

Schadenfreude on August 16, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Goebbels laughs his dead azz off in his grave.

Schadenfreude on August 16, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Jake Tapper…are you guys just a bit slow…. for 3 1/2 years….and you just now notice….boy you are slow.

DVPTexFla on August 16, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Most Transparent administration of All Time. Not.

Dem voters 100% OK with this.

visions on August 16, 2012 at 12:11 PM

mrsknightley on August 16, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Rovin on August 16, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Sorry. Can’t have 2 winners so it is time for Thunderdome! Gird your loins.

tims472 on August 16, 2012 at 12:12 PM

“I’ll have time to answer all of your questions after the election.”

-Barky

The Count on August 16, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Heh

“Between rounds of golf, of course,” he added. “I’m so looking forward to retirement.”

MaggiePoo on August 16, 2012 at 12:12 PM

:D Has a nice ring to it.

8thAirForce on August 16, 2012 at 12:12 PM

So Jake Tapper writes this on his blog. Fine. Is he planning on bringing this up on ABC World News Tonight?

Bitter Clinger on August 16, 2012 at 12:13 PM

PS: Yes, I sell mental bleach.

Archivarix on August 16, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Send me a bottle STAT!

22044 on August 16, 2012 at 12:15 PM

You got him elected by not doing your job so don’t whine about him now.

Blake on August 16, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Maybe ET provides a better bootlick shoeshine, ABC needs to step it up.

NoDonkey on August 16, 2012 at 12:16 PM

“I’ll have time to answer all of your questions after the election. And I’ll have more flexibility then, too.”

-Barky

The Count on August 16, 2012 at 12:06 PM

FIFY

The Rogue Tomato on August 16, 2012 at 12:16 PM

What’s the Press Corp equivalent to the Battered Wife Syndrome?

dirtseller on August 16, 2012 at 12:16 PM

King Putts press office is still crankin out the PR pieces though. In the last few days they allowed Moochelle to bigfoot her way onto The Tonight Show, they made sure the press filmed him at the Iowa State Fair buying Bud Lights for the fairgoers, and my local FOX affiliate ran a puff piece about his supposed attempt at home brewing beer.

Worst president in the history of the Republic and this is all the press can talk about. Pathetic.

RobertE on August 16, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Hussein Ogabe giving interviews to ET and People. What’s next – Mooch posing for Playboy Centerfold?

PS: Yes, I sell mental bleach.

Archivarix on August 16, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Boy, does that bring a politically incorrect joke to mind. There was at least one magazine making her the offer…..

Harbingeing on August 16, 2012 at 12:18 PM

So Obama is biting the hand that feeds him? This will not end well. The Press are bound to wake up at some point, shake the sand from their eyes and look around at the mess in the hotel room and realize they made a big mistake.

Also, know your History. This is SOP for Socialists once in power. This is just a Purge. He’s going DIRECTLY to Hollywood to help get his message across.

GadsdenRattlers on August 16, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Since when do lapdogs expect respect? The press is getting the disdain from the White House that they deserve. Obama will dodge the press for as long as it is working and he can get away with it. If the press won’t PRESS him he’ll continue to slide by. But really, what difference does it make? They never ask him tough questions to begin with and never challenge him or follow up to corner him. And those reporters who try are shouted down by the other reporters.

Mr A on August 16, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Hell hath no fury like a Praetorian Guard courtesan scorned.

Mr. D

Why tarnish the elite Roman guard with the comparison? The press wouldn’t know which end of a gladius to grip.

chimney sweep on August 16, 2012 at 12:20 PM

It’s just a lover’s quarrel. The craven mistress hasn’t been servile enough and just needs a little tender loving discipline. Barack Obama wears the pants in the relationship so he’s just asserting his dominance — and absence does make the heart grow fonder. They’ll kiss and have a make-up roll in the hay soon enough. Guaranteed.

FlatFoot on August 16, 2012 at 12:20 PM

I’ve seen enough of the White House briefings to see that when they ask questions, they don’t follow up or push too hard. They merely accept whatever Carney says. They just feel left out right now. It’s not like they do any real reporting or investigating, so who cares whether Obama makes himself available? It just gives Obama one more unopposed free campaign speech.

Night Owl on August 16, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Hussein Ogabe giving interviews to ET and People. What’s next – Mooch posing for Playboy Centerfold?

Archivarix on August 16, 2012 at 12:10 PM

If they thought it would net them votes, absolutely. Keep in mind these are desperate times for Team Barry. He isn’t talking to the White House Press Corpse because they will ask him substantive questions. He’s banking on being more personable than R&R which is why he gives fluff interviews to ET and People besides his tablecloth clad wife. We’re supposed to ignore the 41 years of negative job growth the 15% unemployment rate, and all the rest and think what a nice couple they are as they answer questions about their favorite food at the Iowa State Fair or whatever.

Happy Nomad on August 16, 2012 at 12:21 PM

“My husband keeps going to dinner with that other woman. I want to know when it’s my turn to go to dinner with him! Because he’s not going to have me loving all over him again until we go to dinner.” – Jake Tapper

beatcanvas on August 16, 2012 at 12:22 PM

That does not decrease the frequency the MSM put on their knee pads to service Barry?

bayview on August 16, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Obama is trying to remain known in entertainment circles, and why wouldn’t he?! Like tv and movies, he is a make-believe president. This is a role he is playing, and the media helped create him. He has not one idea of how to be a real president, and he doesn’t have to, because the media are his directors and producers. Their job is to make him look like he knows what he is doing.

Fortunately, this god-awful series will be cancelled come this November.

Sterling Holobyte on August 16, 2012 at 12:23 PM

“Between rounds of golf, of course,” he added. “I’m so looking forward to retirement.”

MaggiePoo on August 16, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Well, there’s the problem. The POTUS is not freely mixing with the press corp because he’s developed a bunker mentality.

apostic on August 16, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Why not do more press avails and pressers? Why not arrange an interview with at least a more sympathetic member of the non-entertainment media, such as Brian Williams of NBC, if not a member of the press corps?

Why not? For the exact same reason the media didn’t vette him in the first place. Ask to many questions and the truth might accidentally leak out. (0 percent of the Fifth Column Treasonous Media are Marxist propaganda hacks, but their is that unpredictable 10 percent who are only Marxist useful idiots who might ask Obama a seemingly innocent question that Obama might accidentally answer honestly and the America public might accidentally hear.

How disastrous would a “Joe the Plumber” Wealth Redistribution response from Obama be today? The Whitehouse/Democrat/Marxist Machine doesn’t dare take that risk with so much at stake right now. Obama desperately needs another term for them to complete their “Fundamental Transformation” of America into their Marxist Utopia so they are going to keep Obama in as much of a cocoon of silence as they possibly can, and the media, with the exception of that unpredictable 10 percent are going to do their very best to aid and abet in preventing any exposing information reaching the American general public.

SWalker on August 16, 2012 at 12:23 PM

He doesn’t want to be President, he just wants to be a very powerful celebrity. I wish someone would just offer he and his family a TV show of their own, and then maybe they’d just go away.

waterytart on August 16, 2012 at 12:23 PM

What’s the Press Corp equivalent to the Battered Wife Syndrome?

dirtseller on August 16, 2012 at 12:16 PM

I’d call it the Helen Thomas Syndrome.

“If I just write nice things about the President then he’ll call on me at the next presser.”

Happy Nomad on August 16, 2012 at 12:24 PM

They will get right back to being reporters again after Romney is elected!

tims472 on August 16, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Mr. Obama still thinks the press gives him a hard time. There have been a difficult question or two, so in his mind the press is against him. He will not give them an interview until they only cover him “correctly”.

talking_mouse on August 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM

He doesn’t want to be President, he just wants to be a very powerful celebrity. I wish someone would just offer he and his family a TV show of their own, and then maybe they’d just go away.

waterytart on August 16, 2012 at 12:23 PM

POTUS/FLOTUS adapting to life after the White House. Don’t think that Bravo or E! hasn’t tried to pitch that concept. Just so long as it isn’t Jersey Shore with Mooch in the Snookie role.

Happy Nomad on August 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Don’t they realize they have been in chains for over 3 years?

docflash on August 16, 2012 at 12:26 PM

I’m liking Tapper more and more. He’s slowly turning (the smart ones always do), and he actually sounds like a journalist (new-word alert for the Children of the Left: JER-nuhl-ist).

RobertMN on August 16, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Dictators don’t take question,

phatfawzi on August 16, 2012 at 12:27 PM

While I will give Mr. Tapper a pass, he seems an honest man, I don’t think the press has any right to complain. They built him so they have only themselves to blame.

Cindy Munford on August 16, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Happy Nomad on August 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM

I’m surprised that it is not already on the TV now! Imagine the episode where O gives away national security secrets complete with laugh track.

tims472 on August 16, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Presstitution: Reporters laying down for Obama then paying him for the honor with campaign contributions and favorable coverage.

Pqlyur1 on August 16, 2012 at 12:28 PM

PS: Yes, I sell mental bleach.

Archivarix on August 16, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Send me a bottle STAT!

22044 on August 16, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Extra large 2X concentrated, please.

msupertas on August 16, 2012 at 12:28 PM

It’s just a lover’s quarrel. The craven mistress hasn’t been servile enough and just needs a little tender loving discipline. Barack Obama wears the pants in the relationship so he’s just asserting his dominance — and absence does make the heart grow fonder. They’ll kiss and have a make-up roll in the hay soon enough. Guaranteed.

FlatFoot on August 16, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Agreed. While it’s a nice fantasy to imagine the Press Corpse turning on SippyCup, it won’t happen. Exhibit A: Jake his fellow whores bitch & moan only about the lack of access. I don’t hear much from them complaining about Unemployment, Debt, Foreign Policy, etc. You know, the IMPORTANT stuff.

SnarkySam on August 16, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Poor Mr. Tapper, he cannot be unaware of what Obama voters are likely to be watching on TV.

Cindy Munford on August 16, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Keep kissing your frog Old Media and maybe it’ll change….

viking01 on August 16, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Well he doesn’t respect you because he knows your a bunch of lap dogs( no pun intended).

Hummer53 on August 16, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Don’t they realize they have been in chains for over 3 years?

docflash on August 16, 2012 at 12:26 PM

No. And while we’re discussing the Whitehouse Press Corps, why are we even pretending that their is a Whitehouse Press Corps anymore? Their isn’t and hasn’t been since George W Bush was elected the first time, all their is where the Whitehouse Press Corps once stood now is a pack of wild howler monkey Marxist Propaganda Ministers.

SWalker on August 16, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Seems like Obama could only kick that press corps lapdog so many times before it turned on him. Awww. Tapper gives him a nasty little nip.

thatsafactjack on August 16, 2012 at 12:31 PM

@foxnation (((VIDEO)) Carney: ‘One Place I Wouldn’t Go to for Advice on VPs is Senator McCain’ http://t.co/sgtRuRCN

Flora Duh on August 16, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Jake….
The Commander in Celebrity has found his true medium.

FlaMurph on August 16, 2012 at 12:33 PM

oops, wrong thread. Sorry.

Flora Duh on August 16, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Seems like Obama could only kick that press corps lapdog so many times before it turned on him. Awww. Tapper gives him a nasty little nip.

thatsafactjack on August 16, 2012 at 12:31 PM

How exactly do you give someone a “Nasty little nip” when you don’t have any teeth?

SWalker on August 16, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Why not do more press avails and pressers?

“The private sector is doing fine”, that’s why, and by the way, the police “acted stupidly”.

Obama is not good enough to do them. He commits gaffes and his record sucks too. The guy is just a failure who has nothing left but lies and tantrums.

forest on August 16, 2012 at 12:33 PM

I would love to see the WH Press Corp boycott the daily briefings. Just don’t show up for a few days and see what happens.

Mr_Magoo on August 16, 2012 at 12:35 PM

@foxnation (((VIDEO)) Carney: ‘One Place I Wouldn’t Go to for Advice on VPs is Senator McCain’ http://t.co/sgtRuRCN

Flora Duh on August 16, 2012 at 12:33 PM

ROTFLMAO… Jay “Baghdad Bob” Carney may be one hell of a lying douche bag, but at least he, unlike apparently anyone in the GOP, understands that you never ever take advice from your enemies on how to fight.

SWalker on August 16, 2012 at 12:36 PM

SWalker on August 16, 2012 at 12:33 PM

He gummed him, growling fiercely the whole time… just before he curled up for his afternoon nap!

thatsafactjack on August 16, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Remember this gem? Obama sure seemed angry about it but it was pretty much spot on.

Scrappy on August 16, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Gallup thinks it might be a good idea to work on that “economy” problem.

While Obama’s issue ratings are largely unchanged from where they have been over the past year, that stability may be a problem given his overall job approval rating is 45%. Historically, presidents who won a second term had near-50% job approval ratings or better prior to the election. To move closer to that range, Obama may want to focus singularly on raising his approval rating on the economy, as with previous presidents it seems to have been the issue approval most closely linked to overall job approval.

sublibertate on August 16, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Tapper can cry me a river. Only now do the media complain that Obama’s screwing them. Meanwhile, for the past four years, the media picked their noses as Obama got himself elected and proceeded to screw America.

Welcome to the club, Tapper. Take a number.

BuckeyeSam on August 16, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Hey Trapper! Barry knows the MSM are his whores. Or as Barry once said “Most of you voted for me!”

And I bet most of them will again.

GarandFan on August 16, 2012 at 12:39 PM

ABC’s Jake Tapper: Obama “disses White House press corps” with People, ET interviews

Oh and why is that, Jake? Lets ask Mr. Burns!

Smithers! There has been a sharp decline in the quality and quantity of your toadying!

Valkyriepundit on August 16, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Of course it’s Entertainment Tonight, People, Michelle on Leno, Michelle at Olympics, Obama calling Olympians and making sure NBC covers it. It’s all about the Celebrity of the United States.

Christian Conservative on August 16, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Remember crap like this from a few years ago?

http://www.irregulartimes.com/bushhide.html

President Bush’s Press Secretary announced today that he will not schedule any formal press conferences. Not now, not ever. All recent Presidents have regularly conducted press conferences as a way of simultaneously presenting their policies to the American people and allowing themselves to be questioned by a group of respected professional journalists. The fact that President Clinton, George W.’s father, and even the Alzheimeric Ronald Reagan conducted formal press conferences makes the younger President Bush’s moratorium on such event a surprising and extreme departure from the minimum expectations of Presidential engagement with the American public.

Bush ‘s representatives say that the President retains the right to hold spur of the moment press conferences when he wants to, but that reporters will otherwise have to capture his attention at White House meetings, brief public appearances, or meetings with foreign leaders if they want to talk with him directly. Bush has held only one press conference since his selection as President by the Republican-appointed Supreme Court and inauguration amidst the largest protests in Washington D.C. since the days of the Vietnam War. During that press conference, he promised to hold many more, on a frequent basis.

-snip-

Presidential press conferences have been the only time that the American people have been able to see their highest elected official answer questions that he has not scripted in advance. These press conferences have been vital to American democracy because they have forced the President to be accountable to the people. In a press conference, a President can by no means count on being asked only easy questions. In order to successfully survive a press conference, a President has to have a broad and deep understanding of the issues that face the nation.

A Presidential press conference is the one time that the American public has the chance to tell whether their President is truly competent or just knows how to read a speech from a teleprompter. When the President allows reporters to ask unscripted questions, voters have the opportunity to tell whether the President knows what he’s talking about, and ultimately whether he is worthy of re-election. Now that President Bush has refused to schedule any press conferences whatsoever, he has taken away this vital opportunity for public access.

The striking similarity of this sudden removal of journalistic access to the President to the refusal of the autocratic bureaucrats of Soviet Union to allow people to see leaders suddenly struck incompetent by life-threatening illnesses has already been remarked upon by many Americans. The difference here, of course, is that serious questions about the basic ability of George W. Bush to command the White House have been raised ever since he announced his candidacy, and have never been put to rest. The President’s refusal to answer the questions of reporters while cameras are rolling will only intensify the questions that the American people have been struggling with since his inauguration.

Why is President Bush afraid of holding public question and answer sessions? Are Bush’s handlers just afraid that he’ll make a mistake, or is there something more to it? Is Bush really in control in the White House, or is he just a figurehead? If he isn’t in control, who is – the Vice President, or some other unknown person or organization? If Bush’s wealthy campaign contributors can have personal access to the White House, how come ordinary Americans can’t even see the President on television in a live press conference once a month? How will the American people ever know what’s really going on in the White House if the President won’t hold a press conference?

Del Dolemonte on August 16, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Boy, does that bring a politically incorrect joke to mind. There was at least one magazine making her the offer…..

Harbingeing on August 16, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Let me guess. Whales Illustrated?

Archivarix on August 16, 2012 at 12:40 PM

waaaaay too busy with his laser-like focus on Job Creation….

SDarchitect on August 16, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Surely a minor set back like this won’t prevent the MSM from projecting what Obama would say if he were actually asked a question. And to intuit a very smart and clever answer that demonstrates not only his genius, successes, charisma, but also his genuineness.

pat on August 16, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Obama has forgotten that even after the beast has done your bidding, you have to keep it fed. Obama has a long record of using people then discarding them.

If the media had been doing their job and truly vetting Obama, he would not have been elected. The media’s did everything they could to get him elected.

But now they want to be remembered and given the material they need to keep doing what passes as their job and so to maintain their supposed importance. They are not getting what they want.

I doubt the media will go so far as to work as hard to unelect Obama as they did to elect him. But they can make life quite unpleasant.

bartbeast on August 16, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Tapper better bow down before Emperor Hussein. Who does he think he is? Disgusting show of ingratitude.

CorporatePiggy on August 16, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Arnold said it best. Obama is a ‘girlyman’. Man enough to kill Osama but afraid of the WHPC.

meci on August 16, 2012 at 12:45 PM

If he had a regular press conference do you think any of them would ask him about Gov. Palin’s suggestion about switching VPs?

Cindy Munford on August 16, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Happy Nomad on August 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Made all the more exciting if Moochie continues to wear her “Michelle does Hooterville” wardrobe like the tent she had on yesterday.

waterytart on August 16, 2012 at 12:52 PM

@jtLOL Tapper to Carney: Is Seamus part of the president’s ‘important policy debate’? http://t.co/qGnqK4pm

Flora Duh on August 16, 2012 at 12:54 PM

In a detailed account of Obama’s distance from reporters on the White House beat, Tapper says that his interviews with entertainment reporters from People and Entertainment Tonight “disses” White House correspondents:

Not a dis at Tapper because he’s the only one who remembers on occasion why he’s there, but what do they expect? They’ve coddled and covered for him for so long and now they’re upset at being taken for granted?

Besides, aren’t they really just another celeb-struck pap machine like People and ET? It’s not like they’ve actually presented anything hard hitting and difficult to the population.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

kim roy on August 16, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Excerpt from David Mamet’s latest play — The Water Carrier
MEDIA: I don’t see you around much. I feel like we don’t talk any more.
OBAMA: We don’t talk anymore? Talk — that’s right, we don’t talk. I’ve been real busy at work. Busy. You know that.
MEDIA: I know that. I know that you are. Busy. But I cook for you, I clean for you. You’d think you’d at least–
OBAMA: Would you shut up?! WOULD you shut up? Would YOU shut up?!
MEDIA: What is wrong with you? Please talk to me. We don’t even make love anymore. Remember how we were — Four years ago?
OBAMA: A – C – M – W. Always carry my water. ALWAYS carry my water. ALWAYS. Carry my water.
MEDIA: You talk to that blonde girl! I saw you do it. Who does she work for? ET? Access Hollywood? People magazine?
OBAMA: I will talk to you when I want to talk to you. And you will carry water for me when I ask. You will cover up my gaffes and Joe’s when I ask. You will continue to shred that businessman and that apple pie Boy Scout running mate of his. You call yourself the Mainstream media? All I see are declining revenues and a failing business model. Can you even carry my water anymore? Are you man enough?

[end of scene]

shannon76 on August 16, 2012 at 12:57 PM

So Jake Tapper writes this on his blog. Fine. Is he planning on bringing this up on ABC World News Tonight?

Bitter Clinger on August 16, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Ding, ding, ding……winner.

We’re supposed to be upset that there’s been no press conferences with the “real” reporters, when it’s because of those “real” reporters this country is in the mess it’s in to begin with.

Why doesn’t Tapper just report the news….say something like this…

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_21327432/us-casualties-afghanistan

13 casualties in the past week alone.

tencole on August 16, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Seriously, though, can we blame the WH for this? These puff rags reach tons of readers, and the people who run the soft press adore President Obama uncritically. What WH will pass up that kind of coverage?

Chuckles3 on August 16, 2012 at 1:00 PM

People and ET??? Serious media for serious thinkers…

Was the guy from MTV out back doing bong hits???

BigWyo on August 16, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Funny, I remember early on in his presidency Obama being such an attention hound, people were turning off their televisions because he was on every channel. He just couldn’t get enough time in. My how things have changed…

whope on August 16, 2012 at 1:02 PM

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