By Wyatt Earp | July 2, 2009
Ever since Barack Obama announced his intention to run for president, the mainstream media has been carrying his water and massaging his genitals 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. The man – and that shrew wife of his – could do no wrong. After the election, the love-fest continued, even while some of his programs, policies, and brilliant ideas didn’t exactly “succeed.” The next thing you know, a radical Left site like The Huffington Post is getting called upon by Obama during press conferences – an action akin to the POTUS calling on me for a question. The press treated Obama like a god, and it was getting really uncomfortable.
That’s why it is so hysterical when CBS’ Chip Reid and the human muppet Helen Thomas ripped Obama yesterday for his phony Town Hall meeting. To wit:
Phony, that is, in the sense that the White House knows in advance the questions that’ll be asked, which makes the questioners de facto plants of the most transparent administration evah. I have no big problem with The One putting on a pageant — that’s standard presidential stagecraft in a television age — but I do have a problem with the NYT taking care to note the “orchestration” when Bush pulled this while neglecting to mention it this time. It’s in keeping with the media’s narratives about Dubya and Obama, though, the former shifty and stupid and therefore dependent on softballs, the latter “open” and ingenious and no longer required to prove his ability to handle tough questions.
Frankly, with ABC holding infomercials for Obama in prime time, it seems almost petty to get exercised about a phony town hall. (H/T – Hot Air)
Allahpundit is absolutely correct. In the grand scheme of things, this is not a big deal. However, it is noteworthy because some members of the press are tearing down the wall of invincibility and seeing this “open” administration for what it truly is: simply another group of typical politicians. No hope. No change. Just politics as usual.
I still despise Helen Thomas, but I’ll give her credit for ripping Obama as hard as she ripped George W. Bush. Even if it was only for one day.
Oh, and if nothing else, you really should click on this link to see the video of Thomas and Reid grilling that smarmy little bastard Gibbs. The guy just has no clue.