Re: No way we’ll be cheerleaders
posted at 3:50 pm on February 21, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
Erika, you may have been gracious enough for a “no comment,” but I think I’ll make a couple of observations. First, I don’t have a problem with Axelrod and Gibbs making a living by providing political analysis for the media. That’s something that plenty of people do on both sides of the aisle, after stints as presidential advisors. (That’s still a question in Axelrod’s case, at least.) Nor am I criticizing Barack Obama or the White House for succeeding in their strategy to turn the political media into cupcakes. As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, why should they change strategy that clearly works in their favor, and which the White House press corps makes cost free?
In my column today, I’m not criticizing the Obama team for the success of this strategy. This is the fault of media outlets that seem perfectly fine with offering nothing but softball questions (Steve Kroft at CBS) or hiring the president’s team to shape the messaging while claiming that media bias is a myth (NBC). Of course they’re going to be cheerleaders for Obama after having twice helped him to win the presidency, in order to help their boss (former?) push through his agenda. NBC is making itself available for that purpose, while Politico wonders why Obama is just so darned successful in managing the media.