Apparently, the love affair between Barack Obama and the mainstream media may be mostly unrequited. New York Times reporter Helene Cooper complained yesterday at The Caucus that Obama tried to blow off reporters after taking only six questions. Cooper uses a particularly scornful tone in reporting on the snub:
Is President Obama trying to muzzle his press corps? …
Mr. Obama even tried to cut off the press conference after six questions had been asked—most dealing with the growing rift between the United States and the rest of the world over how to fix the global economy. “All right?” he asked, in an “O.K.-we’re-done-I’m-outta-here” way.
Mr. Brown was having none of that. As Mr. Obama made to leave, Mr. Brown exercised his host’s privilege and called on George Pascoe-Watson, from a tabloid, The Sun. He may have regretted that though, because Mr. Pascoe-Watson asked Mr. Obama if he had any advice that would help Mr. Brown, whose poll numbers are in the basement, to win re-election.
Responding in a fashion that would make Miss America proud, Mr. Obama said that Mr. Brown needed to stay true to himself, so “you can wake up and look at yourself in the mirror. And that,” he concluded, “is the kind of integrity that Gordon Brown has shown in the past and will continue to show in the future.”
Cooper includes the video of the presser. You decide whether this …
Has the press discovered that their love affair will be decidedly unidirectional, now that Obama won the election? Or will they actually realize that it was unidirectional all along, but that their infatuation blinded them to this, as well as several other truths about Barack Obama that have become clear from the fumbling, bumbling start to his presidency?