Politico wonders: Has Obama’s media strategy made government more powerful?

posted at 11:21 am on February 19, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

File this under the heading Things That Would Have Been Helpful in 2012.  Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen discuss the media strategy of Barack Obama in sidelining the hard-news political reporters in favor of softball venues such as Entertainment Tonight and more recently Golf Digest, which got the treasured Tiger Woods scoop. The two now wonder — a few months after it might have made a difference — whether the media’s lack of vigor in keeping Obama accountable has tipped the balance of power dangerously toward the executive branch:

President Barack Obama is a master at limiting, shaping and manipulating media coverage of himself and his White House.

Not for the reason that conservatives suspect: namely, that a liberal press willingly and eagerly allows itself to get manipulated. Instead, the mastery mostly flows from a White House that has taken old tricks for shaping coverage (staged leaks, friendly interviews) and put them on steroids using new ones (social media, content creation, precision targeting). And it’s an equal opportunity strategy: Media across the ideological spectrum are left scrambling for access.

The results are transformational. With more technology, and fewer resources at many media companies, the balance of power between the White House and press has tipped unmistakably toward the government. This is an arguably dangerous development, and one that the Obama White House — fluent in digital media and no fan of the mainstream press — has exploited cleverly and ruthlessly. And future presidents from both parties will undoubtedly copy and expand on this approach.

“The balance of power used to be much more in favor of the mainstream press,” said Mike McCurry, who was press secretary to President Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Nowadays, he said, “The White House gets away with stuff I would never have dreamed of doing. When I talk to White House reporters now, they say it’s really tough to do business with people who don’t see the need to be cooperative.”

“Not for the reason conservatives suspect”?  What reason might it be, then?  When George W. Bush went more than a month without a press conference, the political press made sure to accuse the White House of being afraid to have him answer questions, mocked Bush’s ability to communicate, and painted the Bush administration as insular.  We’re lucky to get four actual press conferences a year from Obama, and yet only occasionally has the political press made an issue of it — and usually only after an obviously intentional slap on a non-issue, like the Tiger Woods story.

VandeHei and Allen push back on the notion that the press is in bed with the White House:

Conservatives assume a cozy relationship between this White House and the reporters who cover it. Wrong. Many reporters find Obama himself strangely fearful of talking with them and often aloof and cocky when he does. They find his staff needlessly stingy with information and thin-skinned about any tough coverage. He gets more-favorable-than-not coverage because many staffers are fearful of talking to reporters, even anonymously, and some reporters inevitably worry access or the chance of a presidential interview will decrease if they get in the face of this White House.

Then why are we only hearing about this now?  It seems that the press only really cares about that when a Republican lives in the White House.

And then there’s this:

The super-safe, softball interview is an Obama specialty. The kid glove interview of Obama and outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by Steve Kroft of CBS’s “60 Minutes” is simply the latest in a long line of these. Obama gives frequent interviews (an astonishing 674 in his first term, compared with 217 for President George W. Bush), but they are often with network anchors or local TV stations, and rarely with the reporters who cover the White House day to day.

Well, who exactly lets the White House get away with that?  Would Steve Kroft have tossed softballs to a President Mitt Romney the way he did with Obama?  Hardly.

For a good example of this point, here are the two men discussing skeet shooting as an example, and avoiding practically all mention of the lack of public accountability on real issues tilting the balance of power toward the executive:

Even the skeet shooting story is a good example of how the press applies a double standard, and uses a non-story to distract from their own lack of assertiveness.  The reason conservatives scoffed at Obama’s claims was that he said he went skeet shooting “all the time” as a response to criticism over his gun-control proposals, attempting to claim full membership in the sport-shooting clique.  After the White House published a single picture of Obama firing a shotgun, the press picked up the White House attack line of “skeet birthers” in order to ridicule not the politician who wanted to limit rights, but the people who criticized the politician.

Can you imagine that happening with a Republican President?  Neither can I.  Perhaps we need a Republican President at all times so that the press can act like the independent watchdog that it believes itself to be, rather than the lapdog that it has become under a Democratic President.

Update: Not unrelated — NBC News hires David Axelrod. Doesn’t sound like the media is punishing Obama or his advisers for this strategy.


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Serves them right for not vetting him!

OldEnglish on February 19, 2013 at 11:23 AM

LSM inner reflection?

It’s a trap!

Mr. Arrogant on February 19, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Alternative headline: Do the obtuse know they’re obtuse?

locomotivebreath1901 on February 19, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Obama’s media strategy? Sorry, you have it backwards. It’s the media’s Obama strategy.

ButterflyDragon on February 19, 2013 at 11:26 AM

First reaction: well duh – what was their first clue?

Does anyone find this to be supremely disturbing?

The Proggie house of cards is built on a foundation of Lies.

Does anyone think that free-speech and freedom of the press will long survive in this kind of environment?

Galt2009 on February 19, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Does the right hand know what the left hand does?

Archivarix on February 19, 2013 at 11:27 AM

More evidence the media are filled with idiots and liars. 4.5 years after the fact and just now they are posing this, largely rhetorical question? When finally given access to the emperor after his golf lessons (let’s hope we got our monies’ worth and they take) what’s the first question they ask? “Did you beat Tiger Woods at golf?” I kid you not. Keep eating those crumbs “journalists”.

totherightofthem on February 19, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Does sleeping with the entire football team mean I’m not a good girl anymore?

sharrukin on February 19, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Why are they crying now? How many hard interviews did Obama do before the election? Did “the Pimp with a Limp” hold Barry accountable for the poor economic recovery? Did Jet magazine press him on the failure of the stimulus by shoveling money to public service union members and sketchy “green energy” endeavors?
C’mon, mainstream media. Do you really expect us to buy your critique of media access to your Preezy when the “brown” hasn’t even rubbed off your noses yet?

tpitman on February 19, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Perhaps we need a Republican President at all times so that the press can act like the independent watchdog that it believes itself to be, rather than the lapdog that it has become under a Democratic President.

Pardon me, but that’s an insult to lapdogs.

Although I’m at a lose to find an appropriate word for the Bull Stream Media that would get past the filters..

Galt2009 on February 19, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Pathetic

cajun carrot on February 19, 2013 at 11:32 AM

In a poker game, it is always a good idea to keep the “mark” from knowing it.
Clearly, Obama and his folks have done a GREAT job of it.
The press know, and they just keep on going….

Jabberwock on February 19, 2013 at 11:34 AM

You give the guy way too much credit. Obama doesn’t have a strategy, he has HANDLERS that have strategies. Just like Jay Z and Beyonce do. The president is a lazy jacka$$ who leaves all the planning to to someone else, that’s why we are where we are at, he doesn’t do any work, he doesn’t meet with people, he doesn’t plan anything except his own vacations, he’s a player. When he isn’t playing he’s giving speeches. Personally, I think he has ADD, the way he bounces from one major issue to another. If it’s Monday it must be gun control, Tuesday it’s immigration…but the budget and jobs? Nah, he’s too busy for all that.

scalleywag on February 19, 2013 at 11:37 AM

No whining when a gop president gives you the shaft

You gave up your integrity by covering for this idiot

cmsinaz on February 19, 2013 at 11:39 AM

A Rasmussen poll says 54% agree with Obama’s proposal to raise the minimum wage.

I wonder how many would agree with raising it to $15-20 an hour. I’d be afraid to ask.

How many low-information voters realize that most of what Obama says consists of codewords, e.g. “fairness” for left wing goals? How many care?

In the meantime, the press, after whining about no access, ask him if he beat Tiger Woods. I’m beyond despair.

Drained Brain on February 19, 2013 at 11:42 AM

OT
Msdnc anchor
Dear leader flanked by real people
Blaming congress on the sequester cuts
Puhleeze

cmsinaz on February 19, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Um, does this mean that Politico is now Rrra-a-A-a-acist?

Fallon on February 19, 2013 at 11:48 AM

In a poker game, it is always a good idea to keep the “mark” from knowing it.
Clearly, Obama and his folks have done a GREAT job of it.
The press know, and they just keep on going….

Jabberwock on February 19, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Correct. They are just responding to all the complaints of how they have joined/enabled this fool destroy this country. With this this frivolous response, they are hoping we’ll swallow it as they continue their burrowing into our freedoms (with less complaints).

Typical Obama psychological trick to try to make you not aware you’re being beaten up while you are (gaslighting)….same actions that abusive sociopathic men act toward their victims. I’ll bet Jarrett or someone gave them this script.

avagreen on February 19, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Update: Not unrelated — NBC News hires David Axelrod. Doesn’t sound like the media is punishing Obama or his advisers for this strategy

.

Again?

Fallon on February 19, 2013 at 11:50 AM

The media is the root of our problems.

The indoctrination in schools could be fought with exposure.
Obama’s corruption is covered up instead of exposed.

Fight the media now or be destroyed.

Boycott advertisers, replace, buy out, take over or watch as our country disintegrates.

GardenGnome on February 19, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Politico wonders: Has Obama’s media strategy made government more powerful?

The answer is unequivocally NO. The Obamanation Administrations media strategy has been from start to finish a massive flusterclark. The Fifth column Treasonous Media has an agenda entirely of it’s own separate from anything that the Obamanation Administration wants or desires.

One must understand that correlation is not causation. As long as the Obamanation Administrations agenda follows a parallel vector to the agenda of the Fifth Column Treasonous Media the Fifth Column Treasonous Media will continue to do whatever is required to advance the agenda of the Obamanation Administration.

But that cooperation extends exclusively to the realm of the advancement of the Fifth Column Treasonous Media’s own agenda. If you cannot figure out what the Fifth Column Treasonous Media’s agenda is, it is only because you really do not want to know what it is. It really is as simple as understanding what you can do, and, What you cannot do.

SWalker on February 19, 2013 at 11:51 AM

SWalker on February 19, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Appreciate your thoughts and your blog. I’ve used your site before for facts w/o knowing who was writing it, DG. ;)

A big thank you.

avagreen on February 19, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Not for the reason that conservatives suspect: namely, that a liberal press willingly and eagerly allows itself to get manipulated.

Says who? That sounds like exactly the reason!

KS Rex on February 19, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Well, who exactly lets the White House get away with that? Would Steve Kroft have tossed softballs to a President Mitt Romney the way he did with Obama? Hardly.

I think this theory is overstated. Yes, the rat-eared pig went out after the Honey Boo Boo voter (stupid greedy parasites who want government to pander to their special interests). But let’s not forget the MSM’s actions during the elections.

The MSM and not Entertainment Tonight that ignored Benghazi until after the election. The MSM and not Golf Digest provided a supposedly reputable moderator for the second debate who put down the bucket of fried chicken long enough to tag-team with Obama against Romney on a point it has clearly been established she was lying her ass off about what that transcript said. It was the MSM and not Steve Kroft that let the Obama campaign get away with outrageous lies about what Mitt Romney said or didn’t say including selective editing by NBC to make it sound as if Romney just discovered what at WaWa was.

Happy Nomad on February 19, 2013 at 11:58 AM

SWalker on February 19, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Appreciate your thoughts and your blog. I’ve used your site before for facts w/o knowing who was writing it, DG. ;)

A big thank you.

avagreen on February 19, 2013 at 11:56 AM

You’re welcome and thank you for your kind words.

SWalker on February 19, 2013 at 11:58 AM

So I assume this along with pretending to care about Obama’s lack of transparency and their being shut out of Obama’s golf vacation is the media suddenly being tough on the Obama administration now that he’s been reelected. Pretty pathetic.

supernova on February 19, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Vandehei and Allen to Dear Leader…”Call me, maybe”…

d1carter on February 19, 2013 at 12:00 PM

The only way to fix the press to aggressively challenge government is to cease electing Democrat Presidents.

The moment that a Republican is put in office I have no doubt the press will be there to speak truth to power. For now they are content for a scratch behind the ears and a belly rub during a off the record session and some stories about how neat it is to golf with Tiger Woods.

abnormal_1 on February 19, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Note to Ed: I don’t think these guys are suddenly realizing something they missed during the election. They are trying to as editors of a website regain lost ground by waxing rhetorically about the coverage their safely re-elected Messiah is getting to appear as journalist.

Its all a head fake to try and play that Politico is down the middle. The main thrust of the article is REALLY as you have highlighted to tell the right that we are wrong about interpreting them as activists.

There is no introspection here Ed. Politico editors have been trying to give cover to their biased reporters for at least a couple of years now and that will continue forever. Maybe in a few years Ed you will quit feeling you owe them something and just dismiss this as what it is. A bunch of lefties who have more power if they can claim to be in the center instead of known hacks who we can dismiss.

Conan on February 19, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Dear leader flanked by real people
Blaming congress on the sequester cuts
Puhleeze

cmsinaz on February 19, 2013 at 11:47 AM

By real people I’m sure you mean worthless parasites who are able to stand there in the middle of the day because in lieu of a job they are part of one entitlement program or another and they know that any real cuts means that they might actually have to put the Obamaphone down and get a job or something.

The dirty little secret about Obamacare and any real cuts to government…. the greedy stupid Obama-loving parasites are among the first to feel the cuts.

Happy Nomad on February 19, 2013 at 12:02 PM

So I assume this along with pretending to care about Obama’s lack of transparency and their being shut out of Obama’s golf vacation is the media suddenly being tough on the Obama administration now that he’s been reelected. Pretty pathetic.

supernova on February 19, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Actually it more closely approximates a veiled threat to the Obamanation Administration, kind of a “Hey, we MADE you, we can unmake you just as easily”.

SWalker on February 19, 2013 at 12:02 PM

whether the media’s lack of vigor in keeping Obama accountable has tipped the balance of power dangerously toward the executive branch:
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“What the h*ll does it matter”!!
———————————-Hillary

(sarc)

canopfor on February 19, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Well, it’s certainly made it very difficult to tell where media heads end and Obama’s rectum begins.

VorDaj on February 19, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Wait.

The media has kissed Mr. Obama’s behind and sanitized the “news” coverage so it’s really become propaganda on his behalf. There hasn’t been very many balanced stories(in fact none come to mind) since he won the primary 5+ years ago. They have done everything possible to ensure Mr. Obama or his initiatives are not cast in a negative light (even when they should be). They have savaged and belittled anyone who has an opinion which conflict with Mr. Obama.

Now we are supposed to believe they feel like a forlorn mistress? Forgive me while I wretch at their disingenuous pablum.

I frankly blame the media more than Mr.Obama for our current dilemma. They have sacrificed truth, facts and common sense to satisfy their own political agenda.

There was a time when many folks at least could appreciate that even though personal bias occasionally slipped into “news”, that it was the exception, not rule in reporting. That is not the case anymore and reporters can thank themselves.

We have programs such as Obamacare which are not only bankrupting us, but the predicted expense overages were papered over by the press. Ditto quality of care, peoples ability to keep coverage and many other aspects. On those facts, we heard nothing from the press. They take every opportunity to broadcast the administrations fallacious economic and employment nonsense. They have ignored the $6 trillion in new debt Mr. Obama added (and the fact it has done zero for our economy). They have overall become his mouthpiece and broadcast the party line on every issue, never interjecting with facts. I am still waiting for someone to report the actual story on Behghazi, where four Americans were murdered and nobody in the press is it all interested for fear of where it may lead. They are already tamping up with immigration propaganda based on lies, half-truths and stunning accusations against anyone who disagrees with them. The latest gun related nonsense? Please someone point me to a factually grounded article which talks clearly about measures and actual, proven results.

I should feel sorry they didn’t get the Tiger Woods scoop? Oh, boo-hoo. Jerks. Mr. Obama will throw them another bone next week and they will get right back to leading the unfettered destruction of our country by their god-king.

Marcus Traianus on February 19, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Maybe in a few years Ed you will quit feeling you owe them something and just dismiss this as what it is. A bunch of lefties who have more power if they can claim to be in the center instead of known hacks who we can dismiss.

Conan on February 19, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Oh, don’t get that phucked up. Ed does not think he owes the media anything, he is attempting to infiltrate the mainstream media. A lot of conservative complain that their aren’t any true conservative major media player’s outside of AM Radio or the blogs. Ed is trying in his own special way to enter into the New Media as a major power player.

SWalker on February 19, 2013 at 12:09 PM

It’s not Obama’s ‘strategy’ that made this mess.

The MSM, on the other hand…

Really–What reporter before Matthews ever said, on air, that he got a thrill up his leg for any personality? Yet, his fans seem to think he’s a latter-day Walter Cronkite the same way Chris Dorner praised him.

Let’s try this hypothetical: Rush says he gets a thrill up his leg for Kim Kardashian.

That’s a pervert in anyone’s book, with or without politics.

Something is every kind of wrong here…

Liam on February 19, 2013 at 12:09 PM

The media has boxed itself in. After having elected Obama as their messiah, there’s not much they can do. I’m reminded of this passage from Sin City, which could easily be spoken by Obama:

Power don’t come from a badge, or a gun
Power comes from lying
Lying big and getting the whole damn world to play along with you
Once you got everybody agreeing with what they know in their hearts ain’t true, you get them by the balls
There’s what, maybe 800 people in this hospital
I could pump you full of bullets right now and I wouldn’t be arrested
Everyone would lie for me, everyone who counts
Otherwise all their own lies, everything that runs Sin City, it all comes tumbling down like a pack of cards

The Rogue Tomato on February 19, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Well, it’s certainly made it very difficult to tell where media heads end and Obama’s rectum begins.

VorDaj on February 19, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Combined, they defeat the law of physics that states two masses cannot occupy the same place.

Liam on February 19, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Hopey/Changey Progressive Puppet-Master,

well,if you ever have watched Hopey’s Speechy’s,
his head does slo-mo side to side head sweeps,

while his hands, are going on as if hes pulling
strings,then pauses and repeats!!

canopfor on February 19, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Actually it more closely approximates a veiled threat to the Obamanation Administration, kind of a “Hey, we MADE you, we can unmake you just as easily”.

SWalker on February 19, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Man. You are the eternal optimist, aren’t you?

Cleombrotus on February 19, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Conservatives assume a cozy relationship between this White House and the reporters who cover it. Wrong

Who assumed that? It’s more like unrequited love or even an abusive relationship.

The media strategy is still working. Give local radio shows and fluffy entertainment programs access almost at random. It gives all the little guys some hope for access and keeps them in check. It has a psychological effect similar to the random rewards that make gambling so compelling.

Intentionally snub the news media heavies to keep them desperate. If they get comfortable, they might start getting mouthy. Let them compete for access to the point where they are actively spiking stories that could have been career-making scoops.

The end result is complete control, defacto State Run Media in the place of the old fashioned liberal bias.

forest on February 19, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Aw, poor, poor media fluffers. Have themselves all tied in knots over this quandary.

Bmore on February 19, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Actually it more closely approximates a veiled threat to the Obamanation Administration, kind of a “Hey, we MADE you, we can unmake you just as easily”.

SWalker on February 19, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Man. You are the eternal optimist, aren’t you?

Cleombrotus on February 19, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Somebody has to be, don’t ya think… ;p

SWalker on February 19, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Many reporters find Obama himself strangely fearful of talking with them and often aloof and cocky when he does. They find his staff needlessly stingy with information and thin-skinned about any tough coverage

Then report that. Shame the a$$holes into answering questions rather than cowering in your hole hoping for a scrap.

Instead of fighting back, you “reporters” just lay there with your legs wide open wondering when your turn will come.

BacaDog on February 19, 2013 at 12:24 PM

This it what disaster looks like just before it happens.

booter on February 19, 2013 at 12:24 PM

and some reporters inevitably worry access or the chance of a presidential interview will decrease if they get in the face of this White House.

Gee, where have I head that excuse before?

GWB on February 19, 2013 at 12:25 PM

You’d be correct HN

cmsinaz on February 19, 2013 at 12:26 PM

This it what disaster looks like just before it happens.

booter on February 19, 2013 at 12:24 PM

No, this is what a disaster looks like in freeze frame slow motion.

SWalker on February 19, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Politico (an arm of WaPo): “We’re not biased as you rightwingnuts believe. It’s not the press’s fault, it’s just that Obama is so smart, he outsmarts us! What can we do?”
What a crock! If any of them wanted to differentiate their news from any other, they would stand up and ask tough questions. But it will never happen. They are all in the tank!

Christian Conservative on February 19, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Why are they crying now? How many hard interviews did Obama do before the election? Did “the Pimp with a Limp” hold Barry accountable for the poor economic recovery?

tpitman on February 19, 2013 at 11:30 AM

It goes beyond Obama and even the supposed MSM. Chris Wallace had a “Steve Kroft” interview with Nancy Pelosi a few weeks back. Both times Bill O’Reilly interviewed Barack Obama Roger Ailes had to hire a rectal surgeon to remove BORe’s head. But then, FNC is looking more like MSM as each day passes.

bw222 on February 19, 2013 at 12:33 PM

This it what disaster looks like just before it happens.

booter on February 19, 2013 at 12:24 PM

I’m increasingly convinced that the only way to save this nation is to let it break. So long as the left is able to demonize the right as uncaring about the plight of all the parasites that suck on the government teat for whatever reason, the longer the pain will continue.

Let the parasites lose their entitlement checks and go hungry for a while. Let’s see how important gun control, same sex marriage, or amnesty for illegals is then.

Happy Nomad on February 19, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Conservatives assume a cozy relationship between this White House and the reporters who cover it. Wrong

.
Well that certainly convinces me,journOlist regime propagandists.
Proof by assertion presents an airtight case.
.
“NUH-UH!” always wins the day with me.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on February 19, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Has Obama’s media strategy made government more powerful?

No. Obama’s GOVERNMENT strategy made government more powerful. The media is simply in on it. To think that they will turn on him is wishful thinking on steroids.

Cleombrotus on February 19, 2013 at 12:35 PM

wow, you don’t say. And did you know that birds chirp in the mourning?

Hummer53 on February 19, 2013 at 12:40 PM

President Barack Obama is a master at limiting, shaping and manipulating media coverage of himself and his White House.

That’s just laughable. In a very sad way. Yeah, right. Obama the Machiavellian genius.

Cleombrotus on February 19, 2013 at 12:44 PM

What a crock! If any of them wanted to differentiate their news from any other, they would stand up and ask tough questions. But it will never happen. They are all in the tank!

Christian Conservative on February 19, 2013 at 12:32 PM

It’t taken Congressional testimony under oath to find out any of the details about the attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi. Among the “gems” discovered was that the administration was watching the attack in real time, the President talked to nobody about the situation, and (after the election) their attitude is that does it really even matter at this point.

The details of Fast and Furious have yet to be investigated by most of the MSM.

The golfing trip to Florida by the rat-eared pig while Mooch and the mini-moochers went to Aspen would have been a scandal during the Bush years from the same media that essentially only cared to find out how the rat-eared pig did playing against Tiger Woods. Which, is ironic since the same media declared any mention of golf in terms of this President was considered to be racist.

This administration has bought billions of rounds of ammunition for no apparent reason, where is the investigative reporting on that?

Bob Menendez is out hiring illegal aliens and whoring with sixteen-year-olds on private outings with a key campaign contributor.

Jesse Jackson Jr. is about to go to jail along with his politician wife.

Nadal Hassan, terrorist behind the Fort Hood shooting, has not yet gone to trial. Why? Where is the media interest in those deaths as they crawl over each other to attack the Second Amendment when a bunch of children are killed by a mentally unstable individual.

Etc……. This media is nothing but a bunch of left-wing stenographers. History will not be kind to them because the real problems as a result of their actions will include a question as to why a “free and independent media” didn’t give a rodent’s behind about the real issues.

Happy Nomad on February 19, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Actually it more closely approximates a veiled threat to the Obamanation Administration, kind of a “Hey, we MADE you, we can unmake you just as easily”.

SWalker on February 19, 2013 at 12:02 PM

I see what you’re saying here. As a figurehead, perhaps, but never as a repudiation of the basic philosophy behind him.

And then they’d just replace him with someone even more capable.

Cleombrotus on February 19, 2013 at 12:46 PM

That’s just laughable. In a very sad way. Yeah, right. Obama the Machiavellian genius.

Cleombrotus on February 19, 2013 at 12:44 PM

It’s masterfully playing the race card. Nothing more. Republicans can’t disagree with the rat-eared pig for being a radical socialist, they just hate him for being black. Voters can’t disagree with his views on various issues because they have different ideas, they hold those positions because they don’t understand the “justice” the rat-eared pig is delivering to the downtrodden.

It’s all very evil.

Happy Nomad on February 19, 2013 at 12:47 PM

We no longer have a free press in this country, they gave up that freedom to the Democrats in 2000 and then doubled down on it with Obama. Since before the 2008 election, when the media refused to vet Obama, they have trashed the tea party, trashed Sarah Palin, and trashed Mitt Romney. Obama could not have done what was accomplished by himself, it took a coordinated effort.

Candy Crowley made Mitt Romney look like a liar in front on 65 million people. She chose the questions, she chose who answered them, she chose who went first, she asked David Axelrod the same question on her show. There is no doubt there was coordination there, at least in my mind. A free press would never do that, Pravda and Izvestia would.

bflat879 on February 19, 2013 at 12:49 PM

I see what you’re saying here. As a figurehead, perhaps, but never as a repudiation of the basic philosophy behind him.

And then they’d just replace him with someone even more capable.

Cleombrotus on February 19, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Scratch that. I think it’s gone way past the point where the power rests with the media any more.

Cleombrotus on February 19, 2013 at 12:49 PM

It’s masterfully playing the race card. Nothing more.

It’s all very evil.

Happy Nomad on February 19, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Oh, I think it’s a LOT more. The race angle is merely one small part of the strategy.

Cleombrotus on February 19, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Rush has been teeing off on this for a few days. The media coverage of Obama has given new meaning to pathetic. These buffoons assume everyone has forgotten 8 years of daily anal examinations of W. Every single problem in the world was attributed to W for 8 years! If you add Obama’s first term – the media continue to tell us every single problem in the world is attributed to W for 12 years. Obama is into his 5th year of AMERICAN LEADERSHIP and absolutely nothing is his fault. Gas prices have risen every single day for over a month. The real unemployment rate is historically pathetic. We are rapidly approaching 10 million Americans who have completely left the work force under Obama. No one ever thought Black Unemployment could ever be so pathetically sad. Inflation is starting to kick into hyperdrive. A tired liberal mantra is every human being deserves to own a home. Obamacare has added a new tax to every single home purchase! Has anyone in the MSM said a word about this??? Health care costs are exploding faster than anyone can comprehend. Yet all we hear about is the rights & fairness for people who are in this country ILLEGALLY, Gun Control on the back of a kid who was mentally disturbed and motivated from violent video games, Sequestration killing children – which totals about 6-7 days of Gov’t spending, etc.. And finally after 4 PLUS FREAKIN YEARS – the liberal media is crying about their lack of access to the celebrity POTUS!!! Cannot wait to show my kids their America in January 2017

drivingtheview on February 19, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Obama could not have done what was accomplished by himself, it took a coordinated effort.

Candy Crowley made Mitt Romney look like a liar in front on 65 million people. She chose the questions, she chose who answered them, she chose who went first, she asked David Axelrod the same question on her show. There is no doubt there was coordination there, at least in my mind. A free press would never do that, Pravda and Izvestia would.

bflat879 on February 19, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Yup. It’s symbiotic. There’s really no separation between the two.
The basic premise of the lead article assumes there is.

Cleombrotus on February 19, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Update: Not unrelated — NBC News hires David Axelrod. Doesn’t sound like the media is punishing Obama or his advisers for this strategy

Again?

Fallon on February 19, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Actually, that’s a switch. Just a few months ago, NBC was working for Axelrod and the 0bama campaign (free of charge). Now, Axelrod works for them.

UltimateBob on February 19, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Don’t forget that even Saturday Night Live has refused to lay a glove on Obama for 4 years, after practically living off of Bill Clinton and Al Gore and George W. Bush for the previous 16. If they had laid off Clinton and Gore they way they have Obama, Al Gore would have been President.

They’re all in cahoots to polish Obama’s halo, and bury any story that might tarnish it.

rockmom on February 19, 2013 at 12:59 PM

BTW, Reggie Love was seen by numerous people getting off Air Force One well after Obama deplaned. He was not on the official White House vacation guest list. No MSM reporter even asked about this, all they wanted to know was how Obama did playing golf with Tiger Woods.

rockmom on February 19, 2013 at 1:03 PM

rockmom on February 19, 2013 at 12:59 PM

I give SNL a free market pass on laying off Obama. Their job is to get ratings and Obama is the Messiah to the age group that might watch SNL. Other Presidents were not and they were of the White Male variety that are in the eyes of the young the great idiots who get to run things anyway from their indoctrination. If I worked for SNL my first obligation is to give the audience what they want and criticizing Obama is not what they want. Making fun of Palin who doesn’t believe in free love? Another story, in her case the insecure youth had to comfort themselves like with a White Male President.

Conan on February 19, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Actually it more closely approximates a veiled threat to the Obamanation Administration, kind of a “Hey, we MADE you, we can unmake you just as easily”.

SWalker on February 19, 2013 at 12:02 PM

I see what you’re saying here. As a figurehead, perhaps, but never as a repudiation of the basic philosophy behind him.

And then they’d just replace him with someone even more capable.

Cleombrotus on February 19, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Exactly, they are not supporting Obama because they like him, they are supporting him and protecting him because he is following a political agenda that parallels their own political agenda.

SWalker on February 19, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Exactly, they are not supporting Obama because they like him, they are supporting him and protecting him because he is following a political agenda that parallels their own political agenda.

SWalker on February 19, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Oh, it is much more than that, they are very personally invested in Obama’s success as a person. Whatever he does becomes their preferred policy and political agenda.

rockmom on February 19, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Candy Crowley made Mitt Romney look like a liar in front on 65 million people. She chose the questions, she chose who answered them, she chose who went first, she asked David Axelrod the same question on her show. There is no doubt there was coordination there, at least in my mind. A free press would never do that, Pravda and Izvestia would.

bflat879 on February 19, 2013 at 12:49 PM

More importantly, IMO, she lied her ass off when the rat-eared pig got stuck. She put down the bucket of fried chicken and just “coincidentally” had the transcript from the Rose Garden speech of 9/12/12. From which, she catagorically stated that the bastard said something that he did not. That is more than making him look like a liar, that is collusion.

Which is why I think in 2016 the GOP should demand that not one “journalist” be given the honor of moderating a debate. They have proven themselves nothing but left-wing propagandists. The debates should be moderated by ordinary Americans asking questions of the candidates.

Happy Nomad on February 19, 2013 at 1:15 PM

give SNL a free market pass on laying off Obama. Their job is to get ratings and Obama is the Messiah to the age group that might watch SNL. Other Presidents were not and they were of the White Male variety that are in the eyes of the young the great idiots who get to run things anyway from their indoctrination. If I worked for SNL my first obligation is to give the audience what they want and criticizing Obama is not what they want. Making fun of Palin who doesn’t believe in free love? Another story, in her case the insecure youth had to comfort themselves like with a White Male President.

Conan on February 19, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Really? I mean, they have parodied Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jesus Christ this season. But they can find nothing to parody Barack Obama for?

rockmom on February 19, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Many reporters find Obama himself strangely fearful of talking with them and often aloof and cocky when he does.

There is nothing “strange” about Obama’s fear of talking to reporters. It’s perfectly justified fear. But it is not a fear of the reporters; it’s a fear of Obama himself. Obama knows he’s a fraud, with a vastly overrated intellect, and he’s afraid (and rightfully so) that he may slip up and say something so outrageously ignorant that even his lapdogs in the media can’t make it right for him (although they will make every possible effort to do so).

It’s no accident that Obama is so pathetically dependent on his teleprompters and scripts. He avoids speaking extemporaneously whenever possible, especially when he does not have the opportunity to know in advance what the subject matter will be. And even when he has advance knowledge of the subject to be discussed, Obama usually does not speak well off the cuff. He tends to blather on with buzzwords and cliches, repeating himself frequently, stuttering, and often making assertions that are either demonstrably inaccurate, or just flat-out nonsensical (“Obamacare will reduce some peoples’ insurance premiums by as much as 3000%!”).

AZCoyote on February 19, 2013 at 1:17 PM

BTW, Reggie Love was seen by numerous people getting off Air Force One well after Obama deplaned. He was not on the official White House vacation guest list. No MSM reporter even asked about this, all they wanted to know was how Obama did playing golf with Tiger Woods.

rockmom on February 19, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Just as long as it wasn’t Mia Love. That would break my heart.

Happy Nomad on February 19, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Exactly, they are not supporting Obama because they like him, they are supporting him and protecting him because he is following a political agenda that parallels their own political agenda.

I believe this is partially true. But don’t forget the foundational battle cry of the O Admin — Republicans hate black people, Hispanics, women, children, etc. His media is infatuated with the race baiting. I believe O’s skin color is the major reason the media refuse to say anything critical or assign any blame.

drivingtheview on February 19, 2013 at 1:20 PM

The media has made Obama unaccountable.

They are doing it again with the Obama Sequestration. The media is colluding with Obama to frame the Republicans for these draconian budget cuts that Obama himself created.

OxyCon on February 19, 2013 at 1:21 PM

They are doing it again with the Obama Sequestration. The media is colluding with Obama to frame the Republicans for these draconian budget cuts that Obama himself created.

OxyCon on February 19, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Yeah but when it comes to sequestration it isn’t working. We’ll have to see if that holds over time as the worthless parasites that support Obama find that their checks are less than they think they are entitled to or their Obamaphones don’t work. But for the time being, the fact that the Dems want to raise taxes just a month after getting massive tax increases on the middle class makes the commies vulnerable.

Happy Nomad on February 19, 2013 at 1:30 PM

AZCoyote on February 19, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Richard Epstein, the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, New York University Law School, and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago, and a former Obama supporter and a GENUINE intellectual nailed him this way,

“Obama’s not an intellectual; what he is is adept at mimicking the mannerisms of an intellectual”.

Cleombrotus on February 19, 2013 at 1:35 PM

rockmom on February 19, 2013 at 1:03 PM

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-talks-record-press-flight-home_701429.html

Think about the implications of this. This is sickness at the highest levels of our government.

Cleombrotus on February 19, 2013 at 1:40 PM

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-talks-record-press-flight-home_701429.html

Think about the implications of this. This is sickness at the highest levels of our government.

Cleombrotus on February 19, 2013 at 1:40 PM

The simplicity of the weekly standard article has Allahpundit Snark subtext all over it.

can_con on February 19, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Barry has been treating the 4th Estate like whores since day one.

You’d think those “reporters” would be used to it by now. Maybe if they stopped genuflecting before asking questions, things might improve.

GarandFan on February 19, 2013 at 2:02 PM

There is nothing “strange” about Obama’s fear of talking to reporters. It’s perfectly justified fear. But it is not a fear of the reporters; it’s a fear of Obama himself. Obama knows he’s a fraud, with a vastly overrated intellect, and he’s afraid (and rightfully so) that he may slip up and say something so outrageously ignorant that even his lapdogs in the media can’t make it right for him (although they will make every possible effort to do so).

AZCoyote on February 19, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Well, you must admit that they did an A+ job in Censoring his “You didn’t build that!” remark last year.

Del Dolemonte on February 19, 2013 at 2:09 PM

YOU HAPPY PUPPET

How did they teach you to be just a happy puppet dancing on a string?

How did you learn everything that comes along with slavish funnery?

Tell me something, if the world is so insane, is it making you sane again to let another man tug at the thread that pulls up your nodding head?

How did they teach you to be just a happy puppet dancing on a string?

How do you manage to live inside this tiny stage you can’t leave?

Tell me something, if the world is so insane, is it making you sane again to let another man tug at the thread that pulls up your nodding head?

A dullard strung on the wire.

When the master’s gone you hang there with your eyes and your limbs so lifeless.

How did they teach you to be just a happy puppet dancing on a string?

How do you manage to speak, your mouth a frozen grin?

A dullard strung on the wire.

When the master’s gone you hang there with your eyes and your limbs so lifeless.

Tell me something, if the world is so insane, is it making you sane again to let another man tug at the thread that pulls up your empty wooden head?

Your hollow head, your marble eyes, your wooden hands and your metal jaw pins all wait in limbo for the man who knows how to move you this way.

Resist We Much on February 19, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Media fears the “r” word… no, not Republican, racism is the epithet they fear most. Being too tough on black Ø would show bias while being too easy on a white “R” would show bias. See how that works?

ExpressoBold on February 19, 2013 at 2:57 PM

can_con on February 19, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Boy, is my face red.

Cleombrotus on February 19, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Great article

api on February 28, 2013 at 11:09 AM