Team Obama: People, Entertainment Tonight “equally important” to WH press corps

posted at 12:31 pm on August 19, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Via the Free Beacon, which notes that the hard-hitting editors at People have headlined the critical, breaking story of whether Jennifer Aniston would ever get married again as the top story in their print copy this week — although on their website, the top story is headlined, “Grant Show Marries Katherine LaNasa.” It’s a People Exclusive, just like the one the hard-news mag had with that guy who lives in the big mansion in Washington DC last week, who doesn’t warrant a front-page link now.  As a measure of just how “equally important” the Aniston engagement is for public policy, it’s also the top story on Entertainment Tonight’s website, too, although they share it with the “equally important” news that Robert Pattinson — “RPatz” for those of us in the know — has unexpectedly resurfaced.  Who would have expected a celebrity to do that?

So what will the White House press corps think of Stephanie Cutter’s observation that the RPatz and Aniston beats are “equally important” to their work of covering the leader of the free world?  Think that will assuage their concern over getting ignored for the last few months?  Er …

For one measure of how the non-RPatz media views this argument, here’s my friend Salena Zito of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

Dina Fraioli had a more humorous take on it:

Oh, let’s not make this any worse than it already is.

This is an awfully strange media strategy for a Democratic White House to take.  It has already begun backfiring, as we’ve seen this week.  I’m guessing that the tone is about to get considerably more hostile for Jay Carney starting Monday morning in the briefing room, and the explanations more tortuous than ever.  And that means that this will get even more entertaining for Republicans than, er, the 7 Things We Learned About RPatz This Week.  Meanwhile, the message from Stephanie Cutter (StefCutz) is clear: don’t expect the Celebrity in Chief to suddenly reappear at the White House, doing his job by engaging the reporters assigned to the White House beat.


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..with their personalities taken into account, they are both UGLIER that Winston Churchill. In fact, given the choice, I would rather date Winston Churchill than either of them..and I’m a guy!

The War Planner on August 19, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Hmmm. Mandates.

22044 on August 19, 2012 at 3:03 PM

..and Churchill is dead!

The War Planner on August 19, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Hmmm. Dead mandates.

22044 on August 19, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Why exactly do newspapers pay for reporters to cover the White House beat? After all, nothing of any importance is said there and furthermore, all they do is repeat whatever talking points they get. Can’t they stay at their desks back in New York or Boston and get the talking points e-mailed to them just as well?

Fred 2 on August 19, 2012 at 3:05 PM

(T)he top story is headlined, “Grant Show Marries Katherine LaNasa.”

Does anyone know of either of these “celebrities?” Maybe, I’m just old. I hate to admit I do know of this “RPatz” fellow and that Trampire who cheated on him…

Obama continues to elevate the Office of the President./

Fallon on August 19, 2012 at 3:06 PM

And now, the new People mag cover: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sgtkey0811/7817221734/in/photostream/lightbox/

Preezy dishes!

BKeyser on August 19, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Once again, Obama’s cute little “poodle” is out there doing more spinning. She had better get her resume updated, as she and many others will be packing soon. No positions available for her in the Romney administration, either.

Amazingoly on August 19, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Does anyone know of either of these “celebrities?” Maybe, I’m just old. I hate to admit I do know of this “RPatz” fellow and that Trampire who cheated on him…

Obama continues to elevate the Office of the President./

Fallon on August 19, 2012 at 3:06 PM

I know as much about them as the Dem lemmings know about the Constitution, taxes, job growth, the economy, religious freedom, gun rights, etc.

Which is zip, zilch, zero, nada.

TXUS on August 19, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Robert Gibbs caught hell from Chris Wall Ass as well on FNSunday for doing little league interviews on which super hero would zero rather be.If there is a super fag he could win that one easily enough–look it’s a bird, it’s a plane oh no its “Super Fag” wonder if the globe will ask zero why he wore a wedding ring in college. Can’t wait to hear that logic.

rodguy911 on August 19, 2012 at 3:16 PM

That would mean Levin, Hannity and Rush are the MSM equals.

racquetballer on August 19, 2012 at 3:16 PM

No positions available for her in the Romney administration, either.

Amazingoly on August 19, 2012 at 3:10 PM

The only positions that should be available to her in any case are Missionary, K9, Cowgirl, Reverse Cowgirl, and so on.

I do like, however, the new name Ed gave her, StefCutz, as it fits her well.

TXUS on August 19, 2012 at 3:17 PM

That would mean Levin, Hannity and Rush are the MSM equals.

racquetballer on August 19, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Huh. Such logic about shows like ET would put the Rushes and Hannitys at at untouchable level.

CW on August 19, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Keep saying it. That movie popcorn guy is the bomb. I want him on election night. We need to name him.

msupertas on August 19, 2012 at 3:26 PM

So lil Barry Interviewed his Cabinet something like this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWS8Mg-JWSg

what a douche

roflmao

donabernathy on August 19, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Actually ET is more important than the Lamestream media. Lol!

Bmore on August 19, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Keep saying it. That movie popcorn guy is the bomb. I want him on election night. We need to name him.

msupertas on August 19, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Pcornz.

/Tgonz, out.

trigon on August 19, 2012 at 3:45 PM

The only people left to decide this election are the undecided mindless idiots. Yes, the ones who watch these silly programs. They vote once every four years. They amongst others saddled us with this creep. Yet, we continue to preach to the choir here on hot air and other conservative venues. We feed ourselves our statistics and anecdotal evidences that make us feel good. All the while lampooning the other side instead of developing appropriate strategy that wins elections. I can’t stand john Stewart but Ryan should be begging to appear on his program. Instead he gives interviews to Fox and then goes to the Villages to again speak to the choir. I want to win. I don’t care if I have to cowtow to the ET people. I was not down when the Fox poll came out couple of weeks ago. I strictly rely on Rasmussen. They are the only credible polling firm. RR is now down to 43% after the rollout of Ryan. If this doesnt scare you I don’t know what will. And you can keep talking amongst yourselves about how it is no time to panic. RR should be leading going into their convention. And then expand from there. The creep knows what he’s doing by appearing on these type shows. And we should be worried.

Robb on August 19, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Oh, let’s not make this any worse than it already is.

thank you.

ted c on August 19, 2012 at 4:06 PM

The only people left to decide this election are the undecided mindless idiots. I don’t care if I have to cowtow to the ET people. And we should be worried.

Robb on August 19, 2012 at 3:51 PM

You are right on that account.

THAT’S WHY team odumbo is doing these pop culture BS. But the more the mindless idiots see a face and recognize it- there is a connection. Big Journalism may scoff at this lame non- politically serious move to reach out to the kardashian voters- but it will work on their behalf.

And of they start campaigning with the kardashians, and the Eva Longoria type Hollywood celebrities……hold on to your hat.

FlaMurph on August 19, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Meanwhile, the message from Stephanie Cutter (StefCutz) is clear: don’t expect the Celebrity in Chief to suddenly reappear at the White House, doing his job by engaging the reporters assigned to the White House beat.

heh!! stefcutz

does that make make the POTUS BarOba or BarAma???

ted c on August 19, 2012 at 4:08 PM

I’m guessing that the tone is about to get considerably more hostile for Jay Carney starting Monday morning in the briefing room, and the explanations more tortuous than ever.

The White House Press Corpse(s) need to offer up something creative. A long red carpet up to the podium perhaps? Asking Jay Carney “who he’s wearing”? or, even more hilariously, asking if Obama is real….or CGI.

/questions.

ted c on August 19, 2012 at 4:10 PM

who better to roll out a sequel to a first movie released in 2008 than Hollywood? I mean, the fall premiere of this 2012 Obama thing has got to be awesome, yaknow. Special effects, fight scenes, car chases, intrique, international mystery, snipers, terrorists, tuxedos. Hell, 007 ain’t got nothing on Obama, he’s the whole package.
/

ted c on August 19, 2012 at 4:14 PM

I’m inclined to agree. The white house press corpse applies no critical thinking and asks no tougher questions than the entertainment media. So they’ve made themselves no more important than the entertainment media.

The Rogue Tomato on August 19, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Of course it’s just as important. That’s where the morons, low information voters and Obama’s base get their information from.

It’s nice to see Obama’s campaign admit what we already knew.

Bonus marks for insulting those that think they’re the “real journalists”.

kim roy on August 19, 2012 at 4:36 PM

The White House Press Corpse(s) need to offer up something creative. A long red carpet up to the podium perhaps? Asking Jay Carney “who he’s wearing”? or, even more hilariously, asking if Obama is real….or CGI.

ted c on August 19, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Jay Carney to the Washington Press Corps: Would it kill you to ask the Superhero question once in awhile? Maybe ask him what he thinks of Washington’s chances against Dallas on Sunday? Throw him a bone now and then instead of hammering him on stuff like the budget, Iran, or the unemployment rate. It’s hard to be cool when you have to use words like sequestration.

Happy Nomad on August 19, 2012 at 4:43 PM

If only Sarah Palin had told the Perky One that she gets her news from People Magazine and Entertainment Tonight, the MSM would have fell in love with her!

Laurence on August 19, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Well, well well. Tigers DO eat their own.

Fuquay Steve on August 19, 2012 at 12:35 PM

that’s SCORPIONS my friend. SCORPIONS.

athenadelphi on August 19, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Afternoon, Peeps.
Hel-loooo weekend!

annoyinglittletwerp on August 19, 2012 at 5:00 PM

No hole unworthy of being crawled into by the decadent crew in the WH.

arand on August 19, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Meanwhile, the message from Stephanie Cutter (StefCutz) is clear: don’t expect the Celebrity in Chief to suddenly reappear at the White House, doing his job by engaging the reporters assigned to the White House beat.

heh!! stefcutz

does that make make the POTUS BarOba or BarAma???

ted c on August 19, 2012 at 4:08 PM

yeah or if we wanted original names it would be BarSoto
or we could go with the newer hip BarMa.
but to really save space on 140 characters just use BaMa.
hey, that’s eery. Just realized his front and back names when put into a twitter name come up kinda that same. Tin foil hats anyone?

athenadelphi on August 19, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Why exactly do newspapers pay for reporters to cover the White House beat? After all, nothing of any importance is said there and furthermore, all they do is repeat whatever talking points they get. Can’t they stay at their desks back in New York or Boston and get the talking points e-mailed to them just as well?

Fred 2 on August 19, 2012 at 3:05 PM

They’re enamored of the facade of being “reporters”, even though it’s a fantasy long since debunked.

squint on August 19, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Keep saying it. That movie popcorn guy is the bomb. I want him on election night. We need to name him.

msupertas on August 19, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Pcornz.

/Tgonz, out.

trigon on August 19, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Perfect

msupertas on August 19, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Rush said it best President “Kardashian”

Mini-14 on August 19, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Well,

Considering what fluffers the mainstream press mostly is these days, why not ET?

Next I’m expecting 0bama to give an interview to various pulps, such as Star and National Enquirer.

ProfShadow on August 19, 2012 at 6:22 PM

When do we get the Tiger Beat interview with the President?

juanito on August 19, 2012 at 6:31 PM

President Kardashian has to do interviews with Entertainment Tonight and People because his base is the morons who sit around all day and watch Oprah, Entertainment Tonight and read People.

Obama is devolving from Preezy Steezy Kardashain, into President Honey Boo Boo Child.

OxyCon on August 19, 2012 at 6:51 PM

I’m pretty sure that Debbie Downer, Nanzi Pelosi,and Helen Thomas were extras on The Mummy and Return of the Living Dead and at some point Angria Mitchell battled Mothra….

Zero and Moochelle definitely fit into the realm of Hollyweird trash like the Kardashians.

So yeah, a shallow payola video tabloid like Entertainment Tonight would be equally important to the palace guard payola WH Press Corps(e).

viking01 on August 19, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Cutter: “…somebody like you…”

Again, very weird. I’m stumped by this. That was a totally unprovoked personalization by her. She completely upped the ante without any necessity. Why on earth would the Obama campaign be appearing to pick a fight with its biggest cheerleaders? Either there is some collusion going on here that we don’t know about, or the Obama campaign wants to lose or is resigned to lose, or the Obama campaign has gone completely over the crazy cliff. I hope it’s not the last possibility, otherwise he might nuke one of our own cities as a lame duck.

WhatSlushfund on August 19, 2012 at 7:01 PM

It would be nice to see MSNBC and the NYT put on their tactical kneepads and suck this one right down.

Hey, paper of record – you’re no more than People magazine. We straight?

CorporatePiggy on August 19, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Stephanie is absolutely right. Most Americans probably do get their news from People Magazine. It’s why we have the President we have.

unclesmrgol on August 19, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Newsweek cover over on Drudge: Hit the road Barack. Why we need a new president.

End times. Must be the end times.

justltl on August 19, 2012 at 7:33 PM

If only Sarah Palin had told the Perky One that she gets her news from People Magazine and Entertainment Tonight, the MSM would have fell in love with her!

Laurence on August 19, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Ouch. You owe me. You made me snort my cookie milk out my nose.

unclesmrgol on August 19, 2012 at 7:34 PM

You know the time is not far away when Obama looks into the camera with coked-up eyes and says” DUH, winning”

NapaConservative on August 19, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Losers all…

jersey taxpayer on August 19, 2012 at 8:06 PM

she seemed a little frazzled. went well with her frizzies.

sbvft contributor on August 19, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Team Obama: People, Entertainment Tonight “equally important” to WH press corps

Of course they are — the nitwits who voted for this affirmative action celebrity douchebag only watch ET and look at the pictures in People.

Jaibones on August 19, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Sorry Jake…you Democrat pseudo-journalists deserve to get pissed on like this. Do your jobs better.

Jaibones on August 19, 2012 at 9:54 PM

I think I heard that the stories written in People magazine are written on a third or fourth grade reading level. It must be true!

mobydutch on August 19, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Team Obama: People, Entertainment Tonight “equally important” to as WH press corps

Longhorn Six on August 20, 2012 at 8:50 AM

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