By Wyatt Earp | June 10, 2009
I found this article by Phil Bronstein over at Drudge, and my jaw hit the floor when I read it. Finally, someone in the MSM is admitting that they are in the tank for Obama – and that that’s not a good thing.
Maybe Bronstein was possessed by space aliens from Mars or something.
Oh well, he makes some great points, anyway. Read on.
When Barack Obama decided that questions from the German press about his trip agenda in that country were too pesky, he told the reporters, “So, stop it all of you!” He just wanted them to ask things he wanted to talk about. Well, what politico wouldn’t want that?
OK, dad. We’ll behave.
And according to a new Pew Research Center poll, we are behaving…like fans. On domestic press, it showed that “President Barack Obama has enjoyed substantially more positive media coverage than either Bill Clinton or George W. Bush during their first months in the White House” with “roughly twice as much” Obama coverage about his “personal or leadership qualities” than was the case for either previous president.
Gee, I wonder why that is? Maybe it’s because if anyone dares to question the Obamessiah, they are branded “RACISTS!” by many of his supporters?
The first African-American president is too big to fail, kids. Remember that.
Back in the US, NBC’s Brian Williams’ two-part “Living Large With the Top Dog” feature on Mr. Obama’s life included a plug for Conan O’Brien’s new show and mention of cable talkies where Mr. Obama only cited MSNBC personalities. Accident? I don’t think so. There were a few probing moments in there, but they were overshadowed by the flash of hanging out in the back of the Auto One limo and having burgers. A little navel-gazing among journalism standards hall monitors about whether the thing had been too soft came and went.
This guy is good. Really good. And, frankly, so far, we’re not.
I heard the audio from that “interview,” and it make me want to retch. Nary a difficult question in the entire program. Go figure. However, Williams did give him hardball topics like his love of basketball and how he likes living in the White House. Truly hard-hitting.
The style-over-substance hit followed him from continent to continent. “While the president is popular among Europeans,” the Wall Street Journal wrote, “he returned from his second trip to Europe with little more progress on key issues” than he got on his first visit. That’s the Journal. But the Washington Post, where the John Kennedy myth was nurtured like a golden statue, managed a cautionary op-ed column from Robert Samuelson warning that “our political system works best when a president faces checks on his power.” He meant checks from the press.
So far, this is all about image and character and press “opportunities.” But with what CNN financial reporter Elizabeth Cohen called this morning “gazillions of dollars” of our money at stake and crazy people with nukes bristling from around the edges of the world, we can’t afford not to keep a closer eye on the substance thing.
Amen to that. For the record, Bronstein is not a conservative by any stretch of the imagination. This is not the ravings of a Sean Hannity type. Bronstein was the editor and president of The San Francisco Chronicle, and the person unlucky enough to be married to uber-moonbat Sharon Stone for six years.
Look, I couldn’t care less if the press fawned over this guy, say, 50 percent of the time. However, once in a while, a president has to answer the tough questions – especially when his stimulus plans are completely failing, and when he tells Iran they have a “right” to nuclear energy . . . You know, as long at they are “peaceful” about it. Is he frakkin’ kidding?
It’s time to step up, media members. It’s time to start doing your damned job!