Just when you think you’ve heard it all with the media, something new comes around to make you laugh, cry, or just scratch your head in wonder. This time, it comes courtesy of Ed Morrissey over at Hot Air. He has the thoughtfulness of running down a joint piece at Politico by Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen discussing Obama’s media strategy.
Specifically, they lament that Obama’s manipulation of media coverage has tipped the balance of power towards the administration by essentially limiting his media exposure to softball interviews and friendly fluff pieces (Entertainment Tonight, Pimp With a Limp, anyone?). The current press “outrage” du jour is that only Golf Digest got access to Obama’s golf outing with Tiger Woods, while everyone else was shut out. Cry me a river, MSM.
Of course, this isn’t the fault of an overly compliant press, willing to carry Obama’s water on every little statement or speech he gives, they argue. However, Ed begs to differ:
When George W. Bush went more than a month without a press conference, the political press made sure to accuse the White House of being afraid to have him answer questions, mocked Bush’s ability to communicate, and painted the Bush administration as insular. We’re lucky to get four actual press conferences a year from Obama, and yet only occasionally has the political press made an issue of it — and usually only after an obviously intentional slap on a non-issue, like the Tiger Woods story.
Then why are we only hearing about this now? It seems that the press only really cares about that when a Republican lives in the White House.
Well, who exactly lets the White House get away with that? Would Steve Kroft have tossed softballs to a President Mitt Romney the way he did with Obama? Hardly.
One might almost feel bad for these media-ites..almost. However, as Ed astutely observes, it was their own fault in allowing Obama to get away with anything he wanted, and came back to bite them in their collective derriere. Not to mention that it was only two days ago that the media were up to their usual antics with the GOP. Serving as a perfect example of the above, via JustTurnRight at the Two Heads Are Better Than One blog:
When guys like John McCain are the ones getting into fights with the press, my world is officially upside-down. Just last week, it was Lindsey Graham who was outlining the many areas where the Obama White House has been, let’s say, …”reticent“…, in answering Benghazi-related questions. Both McCain & Graham have been like hungry bulldogs with a steak on this subject: they’ve got a hold of it and they aren’t giving it up until they’re done.
Conversely, since our media is so assiduously incurious as to why our men were left to die in Benghazi, it’s not hard to figure out why Obama & Co. feel no pressure whatsoever to be more forthcoming.
Don’t get me wrong, I have sympathy for the guys who have actually tried to question Obama and hold his feet to the fire: the Ed Henrys, Jake Tappers and Major Garretts of the press). However, for the rest of the knee-pad wearing media lapdogs, you’ve made your bed and now you can lie in it. Is that the world’s smallest violin playing just for you?
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