Seriously — how hard is it for a Democratic President to antagonize the media into open war? Almost as difficult to fumble Medicare to the point where it becomes an effective Republican attack in a presidential election … but that’s an OOTD for another day. This week, Barack Obama gave interviews to two hard-hitting news sources: People Magazine and Entertainment Tonight. That got Joe Scarborough laughing at his lack of courage in facing the White House press corps, but got ABC’s White House correspondent Jake Tapper mad enough to take public the rising anger among the reporters assigned day-in and day-out to cover the President.
As Jim Geraghty noted before the storm broke yesterday, even the entertainment industry is tired of seeing him:
Back in May, after President Obama answered questions about the Kardashians and Fifty Shades of Gray in an appearance on “The View,” Entertainment Weekly’s television critic Ken Tucker argued that it was time for the commander-in-chief to start skipping the fluff interviews: “If you’re going to spend time on TV, Mr. President — and Mr. Romney — do us all a favor and skip Whoopi and The Daily Show and Jay and Dave and the Jimmys and all the celebrity news anchors on the networks. Just speak to us directly, or engage in debates that are real debates which will allow for considered thought and direct questioning of your opponent’s positions.”
What about Mr. Romney? Hey, he’s ducking the press and angering them equally, right? Er ….
We hammered him when he wasn’t available, so lets give credit where it’s due: Romney has held three tough press avails this week.
— Garrett Haake (@GarrettHaake) August 16, 2012
And what about positions? Jake Tapper wanted to know that yesterday, too:
It was a joke. Just like Obama’s refusal to engage serious journalists while escaping to the celebrity shmooze circuit.
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