Well, who hasn’t? The difference between Barack Obama and the rest of us, especially on the Right, is that the rest of us don’t get an easy ride from the media. Retired ABC correspondent Ann Compton opened up about Obama to C-SPAN’s Brian Lamb, who notes that the President usually keeps his cool but occasionally “give[s] us hell.” On two occasions, both of them off the record, Compton tells Lamb that Obama went off on “profanity-laced” tirades over what he thought was unfair treatment from the media. But, Compton tells Lamb, he has only himself to blame:
LAMB: So, off of that experience, how many other presidents were that aware of what they said to you and how many just did not pay attention at all and you had no personal reaction from them?
COMPTON: I think most presidents realize – had a personal connection. I don’t think they ever — we were ever in a confrontation-type moment where they felt the need to apologize. I have seen in the last year Barack Obama really angry twice. Both were off the record times. One, profanity-laced where he thought the press was making too much of scandals that he did not think were scandals. Another where he took us to task for not understanding the limits he has with foreign policy and the way he’s dealing with the Middle East and Iraq, and Afghanistan. And I don’t find him apologetic. But I find him willing to stand up to the press and look them in the eye, even though it was off the record and just give us hell.
LAMB: Does he have a point?
COMPTON: From his point of view, he may. But we cover what we are allowed to cover. And when policy decisions and presidents are inaccessible and don’t take questions from the press on a regular basis, I think they reap what they sow.
Yes, you read that right; Barack Obama went into a profanity-laced tirade because the national media applied too much scrutiny to his administration. Presumably, this took place during the White House’s “phony scandals” offensive in the summer of 2013, a meme that didn’t hold up well when it came to Benghazi and the families of the Americans killed in the attack. A month later, polling showed that Obama’s efforts to belittle critics into silence wasn’t exactly convincing the American public, even if it convinced high-ranking media execs to shut down their reporters, as Sheryl Attkisson later noted.
Lashing out at White House reporters for bias is laughable coming from this administration. But it apparently works.